Government seeks single supplier for £240m smart meter programme contract

Karl Flinders

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is looking for a single supplier to provide IT services to support its GB Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) with a contract worth up to £240m.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is acting on behalf of the yet-to-be-formed Central Data and Communications Company (DCC), which will be the hub for information coming to and from smart metering devices in homes and businesses. The DECC hopes to find a single supplier to offer three sets of services for up to 9 years.

The three services are:

  • Systems integration and implementation - to develop and integrate the software including testing and integration with communications systems.
  • IT hosting - including the provision of datacentres and computer servers on a managed service basis
  • Application management services (AMS) - the support and maintenance of the software once implemented.

The DECC has called on suppliers to build the data and communications infrastructure to enable data to be sent between smart meters in homes and businesses and the DCC. The contract for this could be worth £1.5bn in total.

The GB Smart Metering Implementation Programme will help users manage their energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions by helping them better understand their consumption. The government wants 30 million smart meters in home and businesses in the UK.

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