More than half of Dutch households (54 percent) now have a smart meter. This is according to research by Multiscope among 4,700 Dutch people.
More than four million households in the Netherlands have a smart meter, an increase of 18 percent compared to a year ago.
In the province of Utrecht, most households have replaced their gas and electricity meters with smart meters (59 percent). Friesland has the lowest percentage with 44 percent. The meters have not yet been offered to 30 percent of the Dutch population (2.3 million households).
On December 31, 2020, at least 80 percent of Dutch households must have a smart meter installed instead of a gas or electricity meter. That is laid down in European agreements.
The smart meter was refused by more than 500,000 households when it was offered by energy suppliers. Most of them find a smart meter to have no added value or call it unreliable. Of the non-owners, 8 percent still doubt whether they want one.