Electricity supplier RWE npower has begun a six-month trial of a smart metering service that enables pre-pay customers to top up credit and check balances using mobile phones or the internet.
"We are particularly looking at this technology for the benefit it can bring to pre-payment customers, giving them much more flexibility in the way they purchase their credit," said Jane Franklin, commercial metering manager at RWE npower.
The trial is one of several smart metering pilots in the UK, as energy suppliers gear up for an anticipated move over the next 10 years to devices that provide consumers with real-time information on their energy consumption.
"RWE npower, along with other domestic suppliers, is hugely supportive of a universal roll-out as we recognise the benefits that smart metering can bring to the consumer, in terms of their energy management, and to the country in our ability to look at the carbon agenda and carbon savings," said Franklin.
RWE npower is conducting the pilot of its 24-hour Instant Energy smart metering central pre-payment service in partnership with meter maintenance company Onstream and IT services firm LogicaCMG.