Our most frequently asked questions are listed below. Select a question to reveal the answer.
For any suggested questions you would like to see added to the FAQ page, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.
You will need to complete the online SEC Accession Application Form and submit an Application Fee of £540 (plus £1 payment for a Share in SECCo for Energy Licensees or if you choose to purchase a Share). We will review your application upon receipt and will usually respond within 2 working days. If you have any questions, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.
To change your SEC Party Details, please use the online Change in Party Details form.
Please complete the form with any details that have changed and state if you consent for the DCC and / or Alt HAN to be notified. SECAS will review the information provided and action the changes as soon as possible.
Please submit the online form on our Registration page to request a website account. Once your account has been approved by the Party Engagement Team, you will be able to log in and download SEC Party related documents.
- ID Allocation Spreadsheet - Version 17.4
- ID Allocation Spreadsheet - Version 17.4 Alternative Format - .xls
This spreadsheet states your SEC Party Signifier, Organisation Number and ID Allocation range. For more information, please find the ID Allocation Procedure Guidance Notes.
Please visit our Digital Smart Energy Code webpage to learn more about CodeWorks and its benefits.
SEC Parties can register for CodeWorks access by completing the online form at the bottom of the webpage here.
For more information on how to use CodeWorks and its features, please view our Guidance Notes.
Please enter your name, organisation name and business email address into the Newsletter Signup form in the bottom right corner of any SEC webpage to subscribe to our SECAS Newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time.
You can contact our dedicated Security & Privacy Team with any questions regarding the Security / Privacy Assessment process by emailing SSC@gemserv.com. We also offer a free one-hour session with the User CIO to answer any specific questions prior to your assessment. Please contact the Security & Privacy Team for further details.
You will need a Security / Privacy Assurance status of either Approved or Approved, subject to steps to complete the User Entry Process (UEP). If there are still steps that you need to complete, you’ll need to complete them before being able to proceed into the Live DCC environment. Please find the UEP Guidance Notes for further information.
For both Security and Privacy assessments, we strongly recommend reading the Security Controls Framework (SCF) and/or Privacy Controls Framework (PCF). Both frameworks provide the basis for enabling a consistent level of review across all Users, and indicate the type of evidence which could be provided by a User to demonstrate compliance with its obligations. These should be used in addition to the SEC itself.
Please find direct links to the frameworks below which can be accessed once you have logged in:
14. What is the Central Products List (CPL) and how can I add a new Device Model to the CPL Workbook?
Please visit our Central Products List (CPL) webpage, where you can download the latest version of the CPL Workbook. The New Entry Form is included as part of the CPL and must be completed in order to add a new Device Model to the CPL. Please refer to the CPL Submission Guidance for more information on the process.
15. Where can I find Meter Manufacturer contact details and firmware information associated with a CPL entry?
16. How do I map a Meter Model listed on the CPL (in hexadecimal format) to an industry wide plain English name that I understand?
Please visit our SMETS1 Pending Products Combination List (PPCL) webpage, where you can download the latest version of the PPCL. Please refer to the DCC PPCL Guidance Notes for more information.
Please visit our SMETS1 Eligible Products Combination List (EPCL) webpage, where you can download the latest version of the EPCL. Please refer to the DCC EPCL Guidance Notes for more information.
Please visit our page on DCC reporting, where you can download the latest reports.
20. Where can I find the Business Architecture Document (BAD) and/or Technical Architecture Document (TAD)?
Please visit our Business Architecture Document and Technical Architecture Document webpage, where you can download the latest versions. The latest versions of the BAD and TAD can be downloaded dirctly below:
- Technical Architecture Document v3.0 – 20 June 2019
- Business Architecture Document v3.0 – 20 June 2019
Please visit our Modifications webpage where you will find dedicated webpages for each Draft Proposal and raised Modification Proposal. Here, you can find all the latest information and documentation for that proposal. You can also find an overview of the latest progress on modifications in the Modifications Register.
Please visit our Releases webpage where you will find dedicated webpages for each planned SEC Release and BEIS-led release. Here, you can find all the latest information and documentation for that release.
SEC Parties can contact email@example.com to be added to the SEC Modification mailing list to be kept updated on ongoing consultations.
The Code Administration Code of Practice (CACoP) is a cross-Code document that aims to provide consistency in the approach and level of service provided by Code Administrators. It contains 14 principles to facilitate consistency and transparency in the Code Modification processes and protect the interests of smaller market participants and consumers. For more details, please see our CACoP webpage.
All confirmed SEC meetings are scheduled on the Meetings Calendar.
Meeting documentation including meeting minutes are published on the individual calendar entries for specific meetings.
The SEC Panel and each of its Sub-Committees have an annual election during which a call for nominations is issued for the current vacancies.
If you are interested in fulfilling a vacancy outside of this period, simply email SECAS@gemserv.com, expressing your interest in the chosen Panel / Sub-Committee and provide a short summary of your experience within the industry. The meeting secretary will then share this information with the applicable Panel / Sub-Committee Chair and will contact you to provide a nomination form.
SEC Parties can contact SECAS@gemserv.com to subscribe to the SEC Parties mailing list to keep them updated of any future elections.
The SEC Panel and each of its Sub-Committees have annual elections staggered across the year. An interim election is also arranged for the SEC Panel should any members leave the Panel within a term.
The term of office for members is set at 24 months to assist with maintaining knowledge within the Sub-Committee. This means an annual election will be held for half of the membership of each Sub-Committee each year.
If a new member joins a Sub-Committee after the date of the annual election, their term of office will be aligned with the nearest upcoming annual review.
SEC Parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register to the SEC Parties mailing list to be informed of all future elections.
Please email the Meeting Secretary on behalf of the relevant Sub-Committee or email SECAS@gemserv.com, noting that you wish to update your details and we will send you the relevant form.
SECCo is able to reimburse reasonable travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses. To make an expense claim, please complete the Sub-Committee Members Expense Form found here and send this to SECASFinance@gemserv.com and Louise Evans (email@example.com). Please include scanned copies of your receipts.
Full details can be found in the SEC Panel Expenses Policy here.
Please read the SECAS Credit Cover Guidance which provides an explanation of the SEC Credit Cover requirements in Plain English, and provides helpful worked examples. The SEC Credit Cover obligations are set out in SEC Section J3. It is important that your Party complies with these obligations to avoid entering into an Event of Default of the SEC. If you are unsure whether you are paying the right amount, you can contact the DCC Service Desk.
All SEC Parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to the SEC Parties mailing list to be kept updated on all future SECAS webinars.
If there are any topics which you believe should be presented at future webinars, please contact email@example.com.