Centrica plc today announces a significant expansion of its Connected Home business into Italy

Centrica has signed a five-year partnership arrangement with Eni gas e luce, a leader in the Italian retail energy market with 8 million customers.

The partnership with Eni gas e luce is an important milestone in Centrica Connected Home's plan to expand its footprint into new geographies. The Hive portfolio of products and solutions for the home is already available in the UK, Ireland and North America. Thanks to this partnership, Eni gas e luce and Centrica will now develop the connected home market together in Italy.

The Hive product range is all controllable from the award-winning Hive app and includes the Hive smart thermostat which enables customers to manage their heating and hot water remotely. The full Hive range including the thermostat, smart lights, door and window sensors and smart plugs will be available to Italian consumers from 20th November.

Nina Bhatia, Managing Director of Centrica Connected Home, said:  

“Strategic partnerships are going to be increasingly important to the growth of Centrica Connected Home. We are delighted to announce we are working together with Eni gas e luce to bring millions of new customers our Hive range of products and solutions.

“Through our customer knowledge, insight and experience, we understand that people want more from their energy and services provider – they want to be in control of how they run their home. Our products and services enable customers to automate their homes, manage their energy and get peace of mind.

“This announcement marks the start of the expansion of Hive into Italy and other new markets during 2018.”