Bglobal wins £3m meter contract

Independent electricity supplier Opus Energy has awarded smart metering and energy data services company Bglobal a £3m contract to deliver meters and associated data services.

The deal is in support of Northampton-headquartered Opus Energy’s stated commitment to become the first energy company in the UK to offer smart meters free to all its customers. The company is planning a fast rollout of the service, with the first batch of 5,000 currently being installed.

Opus Energy supplies tailored electricity solutions for the UK SME and corporate markets, sourced mainly from renewable and CHP power plants. The smart meter scheme was launched in September 2007 and is on target to install 10,000 smart meters in the first year.

Tony Stiff, commercial director at Darwen, Lancashire-based Bglobal said: ‘This contract provides further endorsement of the financial benefits and associated environmental advantages of using smart meters. Our cost model made it possible for Opus Energy to provide smart meters free of charge to its customers which was a crucial requirement for the company.’

Charlie Crossley Cooke, managing director of Opus Energy said: ‘Following on from a successful pilot initiative, customers are most impressed with the accuracy of their bills. The smart meters provide up-to-date meter reads which means that customers can have access to detailed information about their energy consumption. This is an essential step for customers wanting to reduce their costs through energy saving initiatives.’