Energy: Meters

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Jonathan Reynolds Jonathan Reynolds Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, when she expects the smart metering communications infrastructure managed by the Data and Communications Company to begin operation.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government has set a date of April 2016 in the licence of the Data and Communications Company (DCC) to begin operation. The Government has also made available up to six months of contingency which will be strictly governed by the Department, to enable the DCC’s systems and services to come together with the energy companies’ systems and processes in a co-ordinated start to the main installation stage. The Government has advised energy suppliers and network companies to use August 2016 as a central planning assumption for the start of DCC operations.

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