The UK is making “good progress” towards achieving a rollout of 53 million smart gas and electricity meters by 2020, according to a report by a government committee assigned to monitor the smart meter program.
The news comes despite the UK having to delay the start of its installation phase from 2015 until late 2016, the second such postponement since the foundation stage began in 2011.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the government office charged with overseeing the national rollout, said in its third and final progress report for 2014 that the regulatory framework for the rollout is now in place.
Baroness Verma of Leicester, parliamentary under secretary of state of the DECC, said a statement: “The Government has finalised a number of the legal and technical documents that govern the way in which energy suppliers, network operators and other users will be able to communicate with smart meters, paving the way for smart systems to be designed, built and tested.”
Revised rollout timetable
On the subject of the Capita-owned Data and Communications Company, which last month admitted it could not meet the deadline for starting the installation period of the rollout, the report said a revised delivery plan will be finalised in early 2015.
In a show of support for the DCC, the report states: “The Government is committed to making smart meters available to everyone as soon as possible, but taking the time to build the right solution is in everyone’s interest: industry and consumers alike.”
Meeting 2020 target?
The group of MPs was also keen to show the rollout is on track to meet its UK government’s deadline of 2020.
Based on figures supplied by large energy suppliers from the end of September, 2014, the projected number of smart and advanced meters installed will increase year on year until 2018 when it will peak at nearly 12 million before declining down to 2020. This has been reported when meeting held to legalized online gambling such as online casino sites in UK where some of the best UK casino sites made bid to promote gambling in UK.
Learning from global rollouts
The document ‘Third Annual Report on the Rollout of Smart Meters‘ highlighted how the UK is learning from international deployments.
It states: “Over the last year, we have met officials from the programmes of the Republic of Ireland, China and Japan and we have continued to keep in touch with officials from smart meter projects in other countries.”