2014 Report details for project: Smart Metering Implementation Programme

Project name: Smart Metering Implementation Programme - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DECC (D11) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: The Government's vision is for every home in Great Britain to have smart electricity and gas meters by 2020. Smart Meters will give consumers up-to-date information about how much gas and/or electricity they have used in pounds and pence, as well as units of energy. Smart meters will have benefits for consumers, suppliers and energy networks. Consumers will have near real-time information about their energy use, enabling them to monitor and manage their energy consumption, save money and reduce carbon emissions. Switching between suppliers will also be made simpler. Energy suppliers will have access to accurate data for billing and will be able to offer a wider range of services and tariffs. Energy networks will have better information to manage and plan current activities and support the move towards the development of a smart grid.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Amber delivery confidence rating reflected the view that, although good progress had been made to date, there were still a number of complex areas to tackle. The programme remained on track to deliver the appointment of the preferred bidders in the Data and Communications Company (DCC) and service provider competitions as planned. The competitions were viewed as well managed and quality assured throughout, with a strong culture of commercial leadership and programme control driving an experienced team towards clear goals. Stakeholder engagement was also noted as commendable. In September 2013, following the DECC-led procurement, the Data and Communications Company (DCC) licence was awarded to Capita. The DCC then contracted with the successful data and communications service provider bidders to establish the shared infrastructure linking smart meters with service users. Governance arrangements are in place to track progress across the industry.
Start date: 2009-12-02
End date: 2020-09-30
Schedule text: Start date represents publication of "Towards a smarter future: Government response to the consultation on smart metering for gas and electricity" in December 2009. Initial Live Operations are expected to be available in Q4 2015 and roll-out completed by end-2020.
Baseline: £15.61m
Forecast: £18.61m
Variance: 19.22%
Variance text: This represents funding for the central government programme. The variance has been driven mainly by: additional activity to complete the technical specifications work; additional activity to complete the competition awards and contract finalisation; and, DECC taking on a new industry stewardship and coordination role. The additional funding requirement for 2013/14 was secured from within DECC.
Whole Life Cost: £17,184.65m
WLCost text: Whole life costs for installing and operating smart meters as well as the data and communications infrastructure will fall to industry; primarily energy suppliers. This figure is undiscounted.
Notes1: Smart Meters Implementation Programme
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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