SECAS continue to develop guidance material for SEC Parties. If you feel your organisation could benefit from more specific and specialised guidance, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.
In August 2017, the following new pieces of SEC Party Guidance were made available on the SEC website:
Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) Recovery Key Guidance consultation
SECAS issued an updated SMKI Recovery Key Guidance document (v1.02) to Parties for consultation on 7th August 2017. The updated Guidance sets out key factors the SMKI PMA will consider when deciding whether to use the Recovery Private Key or Contingency Private Key (including the Contingency Symmetric Key).
A Consultation Wrapper document has been issued to SEC Parties, the Authority, the Secretary of State, the Security Sub-Committee (SSC) and the DCC, and provides additional information, the updated SMKI Recovery Key Guidance and an Excel Spreadsheet for providing comments and feedback.
The deadline for submitting comments and feedback is 5pm on Friday, 1st September 2017. SECAS will then collate these comments and submit an Updated SMKI Recovery Key Guidance at the September 2017 SMKI PMA meeting for approval.
DCC Consultation - Temporary Maintenance Schedule - August 2017 Review
On the 23rd August 2017, the DCC issued a consultation to gain SEC Party views on extending the current temporary maintenance schedule to November 2017. The DCC view is that there has not yet been sufficient use of their services in the production environment.
Since the DCC went live in November 2016, the agreed temporary maintenance schedule has been used. The DCC have carried out the review of the maintenance schedule in April 2017 and consulted with SEC Parties in order to understand how the arrangements had been affecting them. Following this the maintenance schedule was extended to August 2017.
The consultation closes on the 6th of September and can be read in full here.
97% of British Population Now Aware of Smart Meters
In August 2017, Smart GB published the results of their Smart Energy Outlook survey. This survey is carried out by Populus, twice a year and surveys 10,000 people around the country. It aims to show the latest findings of Smart Meters and the impacts they are having on households.
The report showed that 97% of the British population are now aware of Smart Meters, and that 49% of people who don’t already have a Smart Meter, would like to have one installed within the next six months. Furthermore, the survey showed that 80% of those with a Smart Meter have taken at least one step towards reducing their energy use.
The Outlook survey showed that Smart Meter users across Britain are very satisfied and that 76% of users would recommend one to others.
The full report can be read here.