The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) formerly known as DECC granted Smart DCC Ltd a licence in September 2013 to establish and manage the data and communications network to connect smart meters to the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised service users of the network.
Smart DCC Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capita plc.
The data and communications infrastructure will:
- operate consistently for all consumers regardless of their energy supplier
- provide smart metering data to network operators in support of smart grids
- allow authorised third parties to provide services to consumers who have granted them permission to use their data. Consumers can benefit by receiving energy services and advice on how to reduce their energy usage.