On the 18th January 2018, the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) announced their decision in regards to the SMETS1 and Advanced Meter Exception (AME) end dates.
On reflection of evidence from energy suppliers, significant progress has been made in testing and trialling the SMETS2 system. However, despite efforts by most to progress with their plans, no Large Energy Supplier will be able to complete the transition by 13th July 2018 without significant risk. If SMETS2 systems were deployed before the remaining issues were identified and resolved, consumers and the reputation of smart metering would bear the consequences of these risks materialising.
The SMETS1 end-date will now be Friday 5th October 2018. It is expected that all SMETS1 capable meters will be made compliant by this date.
The AME end-date will now also be Friday 5th October 2018.
Both the AME and SMETS1 end-dates are subject to similar considerations in regard to the readiness of SMETS2.