The ongoing roll out of smart meters in the UK has recently been delayed again. The communications infrastructure that links the smart meter with the energy suppliers will now not be ready until the end of September at the earliest.
The announcement came just one day before the ambitious project was to be switched on. The recent issue comes after numerous delays in the communication element of the project.
The network is run by the Data and Communication Company (DCC) who are a wholly owned subsidiary of outsourcing form Capita. The initial project was due to be operational in 2015 before an initial delay pushed it back to April, then August and now September 2016.
It is now open being questioned by some industry insiders as to whether the government will be able to achieve its target of installing 53 million smart meters into 30 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020, only four years away.