Government delays roll out of Smart Meters in UK by one year

This seems a bit strange – in December 2012 the government published its plan to roll out Smart Meters across the UK. Less than 6 months later, the Department of Energy and Climate Change announce that:

“As part of the procurement process, DECC has tested with bidders for DCC service provider contracts, and with the energy industry, the time needed for the design, build and test phases of their programmes. The consistent message was that more time was needed if the mass rollout was to get off to the best possible start.

“We therefore expect suppliers to be ready to start their full scale roll-out by autumn 2015. Reflecting the extended period to build and test the systems required by industry, the end of mass roll-out will be moved from end 2019 to end 2020.”

Full statement here:

Wouldn’t it have been better if they had spent a bit more time talking to industry before they made the plans or was it only in 2013 that industry decided it wasn’t going to be ready?