|Lead Analyst||SEC Change|
|Latest update||This Modification was rejected by BEIS on 29 September 2017.|
What is the issue?
On the 2nd June 2017, the Authority (BEIS) issued a decision letter sending SECMP0004 back for further work. The letter sets out that they are unable to make a decision at this time and required details on the following:
- Further detail on the business case of the Modification Proposal to the Proposer;
- Further detail of the cost, benefits and impacts of the modification on industry (including the DCC) and a balanced assessment of the associated benefits (both qualitative and quantitative);
- Consideration of the viability of the proposal, specifically the availability of the information that needs to be supplied to support the back-filling of Device Serial Number data within the Smart Metering Inventory;
- Further consideration of other alternative solution to achieve the principle aim of the Modification Proposal, including a comparison of the costs, benefits, risks and impacts (where possible).
In addition the Authority had requested a revised implementation date in light of the indications from the DCC that they cannot implement Modification Proposal prior to 2019. The Authority letter which provides the full details on why SECMP0004 has been sent-back is available under the Modification Decision chevron below.
The Panel considered the Send-Back at its June meeting. The Panel agreed an approach to take which will take the form of a further consultation with SEC Parties, to obtain extra input on the case for the modification. The consultation was issued on 17th July 2017.
On the 23rd August 2017, the Change Board did not reach the majority required to recommend the approval of SECMP0004, and therefore recommended it's rejection. Following the vote, SECAS issued the Final Modification Report to BEIS for Authority Determination. On the 29th September 2017, BEIS decided to reject SECMP0004.
What is the solution?
To ensure that the SMI becomes a reliable mapping tool, when pre-notifying Gas and Electricity Smart Meters, Users will be required to include the associated DSN. Suppliers will also be required to ensure that each Gas and Electricity Smart Meter pre-notified to the SMI before the implementation of SECMP0004 has its associated DSN populated in the SMI.
What SEC documents are affected?
SEC Section D 'Implementation'
SEC Section H3 'DCC User Interface'
SEC Appendix AC 'Inventory, Enrolment and Withdrawal Procedures'
SEC Appendix AD 'DCC User Interface Specification'
SEC Appendix AH 'Self-Service Interface Specification'
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