Capita plc: Capita preferred for smart meter communication licence

Capita plc: Capita preferred for smart meter communication licence
14 August 2013 
   Capita preferred applicant for smart meter communication licence         
Capita plc today announces that it has been selected, subject to final
approvals, by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as successful
applicant for the smart meter communication licence. The licence would become
effective from September 2013 and the arrangement is expected to generate
revenues to Capita of some £175m over 12 years (with an option to be extended
for a further 6 years). 
If appointed Capita would be responsible for the effective overall management,
implementation and evolution of the national smart metering infrastructure.
Capita will work alongside energy suppliers who will install new smart gas and
electricity meters in 30 million British homes and, subject to contract, with a
number of other providers, to implement and run the data and communications
infrastructure and service. 
Capita plc chief executive, Paul Pindar, said:"Smart metering will be the
biggest step change in the retail energy sector since the industry was
privatised, more than 25 years ago. It will provide clear benefits for
consumers, allowing them to better manage energy consumption and therefore
cost. It will make it easier to switch suppliers, benefiting the most
competitive energy companies and will support the Government's drive to reduce
the UK's over reliance on expensive, imported and dwindling supplies of fossil
fuel. Managing the national rollout programme is a huge logistical and
technical challenge but Capita's scale and pedigree in achieving large
transformation projects will help to ensure that this programme meets its
milestones in a cost efficient manner." 
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For further information: 
Capita plc 
Tel: 020 7799 1525 
Paul Pindar, Chief Executive Officer 
Shona Nichols, Corporate Communications Director 
Media enquiries only: 
Capita press office 
Caroline Mooney 
Tel: 020 7654 2152 or 020 7654 2399 (out of hours) 
Email: caroline.mooney@capita.co.uk 
Notes to editors 
Capita plc is the UK's leading provider of business process management and
integrated professional support solutions. With 52,500 people at more than 350
sites, including 70 business centres across the UK, Europe, India and South
Africa, the Group uses its expertise, infrastructure and scale benefits to
transform its clients' services, driving down costs and adding value. Capita is
quoted on the London Stock Exchange (CPI.L), and is a constituent of the FTSE
100 with 2012 revenue of £3.4 billion and underlying profit before tax of 
£426
million. Further information on Capita plc can be found at: www.capita.co.uk 
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