It is not good news for the UKs ambitious $17 billion smart meter rollout. The company responsible announced that it would not have a working communications system for the meters by the 2015 deadline, and that it should be completed by October 2016.
The company responsible for the communications system, a firm managed by outsourcing company Capita, conceded that there is no feasible way to maintain the timescales of the current plan, according to a story in The Telegraph. The company blamed the UK government on the delay, which changed the design specifications for the system.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed the delay, which will tack additional expense onto the rollout.
The delay could mean the mandatory 2020 completion target will not be met, but DECC insists that it will be.
British gas has already installed over one million meters. Companies now providing meters are doing so only in certain areas, where appropriate communications systems are already in place.
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