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CGI today announced that it was chosen by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as the data service provider for the Data Communications Company (DCC) subject to contract negotiations. CGI will develop and operate the solution that will link gas and electricity meters with the business systems of utility companies needed to deliver the £6.7 billon of consumer, economic and environmental net benefits of smart metering. 

CGI will design, build, run, host and support the DCC Data Services. The services provided by CGI will support the 53 million smart meters that will be deployed in people’s homes and small business between 2015 and 2020. The secure service will enable utilities to access information on energy usage to provide accurate bills, enable their customers to better understand their energy use patterns and provide them with the tariffs that best suit their lifestyles. The solution will be scalable and flexible to enable the DCC to respond to Britain’s evolving energy needs. 

Tara McGeehan, Head of CGI’s UK Smart Energy sector said “Britain’s Smart Metering Implementation Program is recognized as the most ambitious of its type globally. The success of the program is crucial if Britain is to keep energy bills affordable, continue to benefit from the levels of reliable supply we do today, meet our carbon reduction targets, continue to be an attractive place to invest and provide consumers with meaningful choices about how they satisfy their energy needs.”  

Tim Gregory, UK President at CGI highlighted, “We are looking forward to working collaboratively with the stakeholders in delivering a reliable solution that delivers a smart energy future for the UK, based on our long heritage and strength in delivering for the UK utilities sector.” 

This contract builds on CGI’s experience of delivering smart metering data services based on its Instant Energy solution to eight utilities operating in the British market and over 30 years of working with the utilities sector, including building and running ten of the sixteen central energy market solutions currently in operation across the globe.   

The Service will be delivered by CGI working alongside proven partners such as security specialist QinetiQ. CGI will provide support to the DCC from its shared services centers in South Wales including its award winning 5 star service desk.