The admission by the Data Communications Company (DCC) that the central repository won’t be ready in 2015 to accept readings from the one million plus smart meters already installed comes as a costly blow to the UK campaign.
The anticipated delay until October 2016 will likely add an extra GBP90 million to the rollout, according to the DCC.
But there is also the potential loss of consumer engagement, which is hard to quantify as a monetary value.
There are conflicting reports as to how welcome smart metering technology is for consumers but regardless, the UK has done an impressive job of building momentum towards this big change in their relationship with energy companies.
How well the UK can keep the PR machine rolling remains to be seen.
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