BEIS consultations: provision of communications hubs and production proving capability

27 March 2018

BEIS consulted on changes to the Smart Energy Code related to the provision of communications hubs and to permit the DCC to develop and use a production proving capability as follows:

These consultations closed 12th February 2018 and 14th March 2018 respectively. The related changes to the main SEC drafting will be made using the Secretary of State’s Section 88 Energy Act 2008 powers under one legal instrument.  BEIS’s consultation conclusions are set out in a combined consultation response here and the consultation responses can be found here.

A copy of the document that BEIS has laid before Parliament as part of the process of changing the licence under Section 88 can be found here with the associated Explanatory Memorandum here.

BEIS’s conclusions on the changes to SEC Subsidiary Documents related to production proving are covered in the response, but the changes will be introduced through re-designation of those documents pursuant to Condition 22 of the DCC licence and SEC Section X5.

Finally, updated redlined versions of SEC Sections A, F, J, K, L and P can be found here.  The proposed drafting changes to the subsidiary documents (Appendix B and Appendix M) have not changed as a result of the consultation and are published alongside the SEC drafting for information. The response letter includes a further consultation on the timing for the re-designation of these Subsidiary Documents.