An IT project which is part of the government’s plans to roll-out smart meters across the country by 2020 has been delayed.
The government has confirmed its key scheme, which consists of a communications infrastructure to link smart meters to energy suppliers, will now be ready in autumn.
Data and Communications Company is responsible for the creation and management of the system.
The delay could affect the government’s aim to install 53 million smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses in the next four years.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) insists the roll-out is one of the “most significant upgrades to Britain’s energy infrastructure”.
A spokesperson said: “The new infrastructure is planned to go live at the end of September, it is currently being tested to deliver a long-lasting, world class system to bill payers. In the meantime energy suppliers continue to drive forward the programme, rolling out more than 3.6 million smart meters to homes and business across the country.”