The Meter Serial Number is usually a 10 digit number that is unique to each individual electricity meter. The meter serial number can be found on the meter near the display, often consisting of a year followed by six digits.
The Meter Serial Number is usually between a 6 and 14 digit number that is unique to each individual gas meter. The meter serial number can be found on the meter near the display, often consisting of a year followed by six digits.
“The Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) is a 21 digit number unique to your property and can be found on your electricity bill. Please see the example of what to look for below.
This is not to be confused with your customer reference number which should be given by your supplier. The number assists your electricity supplier to identify your property and provide information on your account.”
A Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) is a 10 digit number unique to your property. Usually this number can be found on your gas bill. The number also assists your gas supplier to identify your property and provide information on your account.
Most houses receive their electricity supply through cables which are owned by Electricity Distribution Networks, either one of the main network providers that operate in a specific geographical area (DNO), or an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) that operates throughout the whole of GB.
Most properties receive their natural gas supply through pipes that are either owned by Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) operating in specific geographical areas, or an Independent Gas Transporter (IGT) operating throughout mainland UK.
“This can be found on your electricity bill. Alternatively you could call your regional electricity distribution telephone number. All British regions are listed via the link below.
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This can be established by either looking on your gas bill or, alternatively, through the gas supplier online service, or by contacting the Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524 (please note that calls to this number cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).
An electricity distributor is a licenced company that distributes electricity through its cables. The electricity distributor has a contract with the Electricity Supplier who supplies the electricity to the property. The Electricity Supplier is the company that charges their customer for the electricity used at the property.
“A gas transporter is a licenced company that transports gas through its pipelines. The gas transporter has a contract with the gas supplier who supplies the gas to the property. The gas supplier is the company that charges their customer for the gas used at the property.
The gas transporter has an obligation to maintain and uphold accurate information on the Supply Point, including the name of the Gas Supplier.”
If you are unsure of who your electricity distributor is, you can contact your electricity supplier.
If you are unsure of who your gas transporter is, their contact details may be on the gas meter or alternatively you can contact your gas supplier.
No. Ofgem regulate the amounts that IDNOs can charge. This results in IDNO charges being capped at or below the equivalent DNO charges.
No. All IGTs are required to comply with relevant legislation in common with the GDNs.
You will need to obtain details of the Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) from the IDNO. Equipped with this and a connection date, you can contact your chosen energy supplier to arrange for a meter to be installed. The new supply needs to be in place before the meter arrives.
In order to get a gas meter installed, the Independent Gas Transporter will need to be contacted, the process will differ for each iGT.
It is a legal requirement that a gas supply contract exists between you and a gas supplier before a meter can be installed.
Contact the IDNO you wish to gain the connection from and they will be able to advise you.
Contact the IGT you wish to gain the connection from and they will be able to advise you.
Contact details for the IDNOs which are members of the CNA can be found on our members area. (link to members page)
Contact details for the IGTs which are members of the AIGT can be found on our members page. (link to members page)
The date will be provided by the IDNO once the timescales of your project have been agreed.
The date will be provided by the IGT once the timescales of your project have been agreed.