EDF Energy has urged the government to rethink its £11 billion smart meter programme, warning that it faces “many challenges” and could end in failure. Vincent de Rivaz, UK head of the French energy company, said the timeline and costs were among issues that needed to be reviewed to maintain public confidence in the programme. The government has told suppliers they must try to install the smart gas and electricity meters in every home and small business by 2020. However, the plan has been plagued by setbacks and delays leading to concern the timescale is unrealistic and the costs, levied on energy bills, could spiral beyond £11 billion. The Times reported this month that six million households were expected to be fitted with smart meters that may not work if they switch supplier because of delays to the IT systems needed to install a new type that can be reliably switched. SSE last year called for an urgent reconsideration of the delivery timetable. It said that delays to IT systems were “undermining confidence in the programme and compressing the window in which suppliers can roll out the enduring solution at scale, driving up costs and creating challenges for the industry”.
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