It’s not a matter of “getting” E7 smart meters. As I’ve said above, all smart meters are capable of 48 different rates changing every half an hour. Economy 7 requires only two rates. There is no such thing as specifically “E7 smart meters”. The reason Bulb weren’t installing smart meters for E7 are twofold:
- They didn’t have the software in place to handle the remote configuration of the SMETS2 smart meters from the default single rate to dual rate.
- Some properties have electrical installations designed to require an externally switched circuit that is powered only during the off peak period. These are typically used to switch on storage heaters of the type that don’t have their own individual timers, and require a meter with a second output making a total of 5 terminals rather than the usual 4.
Problem 1 has largely been resolved. There have been reports on here of Bulb installing smart meters and those meters being correctly remotely configured for dual rate after installation. For properties that don’t require a dedicated off peak switched circuit and have a typical 4 terminal meter, there should be no reason not to replace the meter. There is one caveat to this, which is where a property wants a multi-rate tariff but is in an area with no signal thus making it impossible to remotely configure a smart meter. Unless the supplier is somehow able to preconfigure a meter off site before installation, I don’t see as there is any solution to thus problem yet.
Problem 2 is unlikely to be resolved unless/until manufacturers start making 5 terminal smart meters. Currently the only way out of this problem is for the owner (or the landlord in case of rental) to update the property electrical installation to not require a special meter that no longer exists.
I think in your case @Anton59 you must have a normal 4 terminal meter? Since your meter is stuck on night rate, if you had a switched circuit powered at night that would mean it also would be permanently powered and costing you a fortune. There shouldn’t really be any reason why your meter can’t be replaced now. If Bulb still can’t do it because their smart systems are still rubbish, then another supplier would more than likely be able to do it.