The government has confirmed that the smart meter Data and Communications Company (DCC) will not go live today, as had been planned.

Smart meters are designed to automatically report data on gas and electricity usage to energy suppliers, with the government requiring the technology to be offered to all 53mn homes, as well as small businesses by 2020.

The DCC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capita, will run the smart meter IT infrastructure, and had initially expected to become operational in 2015, but has subsequently faced a succession of delays.

A spokesperson for BEIS 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.”

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