The government is seeking industry input on data communications for its smart metering initiative.
Under plans proposed by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, data communication with gas and electricity smart meters will be managed centrally by a new company. Before procuring IT and communications services, the department was seeking ideas from suppliers.
"We are interested to hear from parties who wish to be considered for the data and communications service provision contracts or that have an interest in the [Smart Metering Implementation Programme]," it said, so that they could receive information and offer "input in a number of areas", it said in a prior information notice.
Under the programme, every home and business in the UK is intended to have smart meters, with the aim of better regulating energy distribution and helping customers to control their usage. The new central data repository will be accessible to energy suppliers, network companies and some other authorised third parties.
Next month, the DECC will hold an industry day in London for potential suppliers. A date has not yet been announced.