"The use of test stubs will always be a contentious issue, but we understand the position the DCC is in with circumstances beyond its control. However some mitigation towards the test stub approach would be for the DCC to provide its evidence that test stubs will deliver to the desired levels of assurance as required in the Smart Energy Code [the guidelines for the smart meter initiative] as soon as possible, rather than waiting until the decision to use stubs has to be made."
The scheme has been widely criticised by MPs as well as utility firms, who believe the costly project will face delays, incurring extra costs.
Delays in legislation and technology specification for the devices mean that some of the devices installed by energy firms are redundant, and will have to be replaced, to the cost of consumers.
The government last week published the latest set of proposals before they become law in six months' time. Energy firms will have until September 1 to voice any concerns with the guidelines they will have to follow as part of the rollout.
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