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The U.K. has delayed its mass deployment of smart meters for a year. In a letter to Parliament, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Parliament Member Edward Davey writes that more time is needed if the smart grid initiative is to "get off to the best possible start and ensure a quality experience for consumers."

Citing the logistical and technical challenges of installing 50 million smart meters on 30 million homes and small businesses, Davey states that suppliers are now expected to begin their full-scale deployment by fall 2015, with completion slated for the end of 2020, rather than the end of 2019.

"We welcome government’s prudent decision to allow an additional 12 months to complete the smart meter program," Angela Knight, chief executive of the trade association Energy U.K., commented in a statement. "This recognizes the scale of the program and the need to prepare carefully."





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