SEC Newsletter 16 April 2020

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the SECAS newsletter.

We hope you are faring well despite the ongoing Covid-19 situation. Pleased be assured that SECAS is operating business as usual by working remotely, and are working hard to maintain our services to you.

In this edition you can learn about our monthly Small Supplier engagement call, how the next release CodeWorks will benefit you, and which Draft Proposals have been raised since our last newsletter.


Calling all Small Suppliers!

All Small Suppliers are encouraged to join our SEC Panel engagement call, held every month in the week following the SEC Panel meeting. It’s your opportunity to raise questions and hear how key updates may affect you from your SEC Panel representatives; Karen Lee and Mike Gibson, and other stakeholders including the DCC, BEIS and Alt HAN Co.

The next call takes place on 22 April at 3pm. If you don’t yet have the invitation in your calendar, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.


CodeWorks Phase 3 goes live

We are pleased to announce that Phase 3 is now Live! You can now access the Security and Privacy Controls Frameworks using CodeWorks, making your security assessments easier to navigate. You can also:

  • Find references to Agreed Interpretations and Section G throughout both Frameworks
  • Ask questions to SECAS directly on the platform, relating to a section or paragraph, enabling you to receive responses from SECAS in real time
  • Filter the Frameworks by Assessment Type and DCC User Roles

Please contact the SECAS Helpdesk with any questions. If you are not yet a CodeWorks user, now is the time! Simply fill in the registration form here.


Calling all Electricity Network Parties

Are you a representative of an Electricity Network? Would you like to have a say in shaping security in your sector and the Smart Energy Code? Becoming a Sub-Committee Member is a great way to keep up to date on, and help influence, industry developments.

The Security Sub-Committee meets twice a month and is looking for an Electricity Network Party rep to join.

If you are interested, please email the SECAS Helpdesk.



Louise Evans (SECAS) giving a presentation on the Security Sub-Committee.


The following Draft Proposals are new problems or issues recently raised that the Proposers believe need to be addressed.


Draft Proposal Issue Highlighted
DP121 ‘Commissioning non-commissioned Devices after Change of Supplier’



When the Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity has not been established, the DCC has a 90-day target to resolve the issue.

Having a long target time to resolve means that there is a risk that the Consumer will change their Energy Supplier before the WAN connectivity has been established.


DP122 ‘Operational Metrics’




The Operational Matrix Review has found that DCC Users would like the DCC Performance Measurement Report to reflect the business processes that the DCC supports. Examples include Installation and Commissioning, Billing, and Prepayment top up.


DP123 ‘IVP realignment of SMETS2 v2.0 and v3.1’ There will be a significant interruption in the supply and installation of Devices due to a delay in the Installation Validity Period and Maintenance Validity Period for SMETS2 v4.3/GBCS v3.2 Devices.



June 2020 SEC Release approved date change

On 9 April 2020, the Authority approved the change of implementation date to 6 May 2020 but with the flexibility for extension limited to 17 May 2020. This will avoid the forthcoming Middle Operating Capability (MOC) and SEC Release happening at the same time.


SEC Modification Consultations

There are currently two SEC Modifications out for Refinement Consultation:



DCC Publications

The DCC has published the following:


BEIS Publications

BEIS has published the following:

  • CfD: Proposed amendments to the scheme 2020 – BEIS is seeking views on proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme to ensure it continues to support low carbon electricity generation at the lowest possible cost to consumers. This consultation closes on 22 May 2020.


  • Reforming Regulation Initiative – BEIS invites businesses to help the Government ensure that regulation is sensible and proportionate. BEIS will use the feedback from this survey to identify areas of UK regulation for improvement. This consultation closes on 11 June 2020.


Ofgem Publications

Ofgem has published the following:

  • Ofgem’s Work Programme Update – Ofgem is currently reviewing their work plans for 2020. Since 25 March 2020, Ofgem has paused publishing new information on their website, with the exception of; legally required releases, critical updates, and information relating to Covid-19.



SECAS Helpdesk

Please contact the SECAS Helpdesk with any questions and a member of the team will be happy to help.

Helpdesk hours are Monday-Friday 9-5pm (excluding bank holidays).



Date Meeting, Event or Deadline
17 April SEC Panel Meeting 79
21 April Smart Meter Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority Meeting 68
22 April Change Board Meeting 41
22 April Security Sub-Committee Meeting 99
27 April Operations Group Meeting 31x
28 April Change Sub-Committee 14
29 April Testing Advisory Group Meeting 77
5 May Operations Group Meeting 32
5 May SEC Panel Meeting 80X
6 May Monthly Working Group Meeting
7 May Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 53
13 May Security Sub-Committee Meeting 100
15 May SEC Panel Meeting 80