Northampton, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- January 18, 2011 - U.K. independent electricity supplier Opus Energy completed the installation of over 12,000 smart meters for its business customers in 2010, and has expanded its portfolio of smart meter providers to accelerate the rollout.

Working to date with IMServ, Opus Energy has now also established partnerships with UPL and National Grid owned OnStream. The agreements will cover the delivery and operation of meters and remote data collection.

Opus Energy is making available smart meters available to all of its customers, free of charge. The company expects to fit a further 3,000 smart meters by spring 2011, nearing 20% of its client base.

Planned installations include all of its maximum demand “Profile Class 5-8” users, who will have their meters fitted well in advance of the government’s 2014 target.

“Smart metering is clearly an easy win for U.K. businesses,” commented Charlie Crossley Cooke, managing director of Opus Energy. “We have seen huge interest from SMEs and corporates looking to reduce their energy spend and carbon emissions.”