Welcome to our current newsletter.
We would like to introduce you to an opportunity for Energy Suppliers to be part of a new Utilities Switching Service offering energy procurement for public sector customers in an innovative and novel way. Please read more about this here.
Spotlight on the SEC 11 December
You are invited to attend our next Spotlight on the SEC seminar, providing an update on key issues and developments. The event is 10 – 3 on 11 December at Gemserv offices. We will be publishing an agenda next week. More details here.
Panel’s Data Quality Request for Information
In September, the Panel sent out a request for information asking Parties to help identify the extent of known issues affecting the early stages of the SMETS 2 roll-out, and to identify other issues as they come to light. The intention was to identify issues early, and to help resolve the causes and/or mitigate the impacts before problems become widespread.
SECAS presented initial feedback to the Panel in November, in paper SECP_62_0911_05, which can be download from the SEC Website, using this link and then clicking ‘SECP_62_0911 – Meeting Documentation’.
The paper identifies, from an initial analysis, the key issues understood to be resulting in data quality issues. The Panel asked that the Operations Group acts as a steering group to take forward the analysis, prioritisation and remediation work.
Stay tuned as the work progresses!
You said, we listened – Modification Working Groups
We are always keen to hear your feedback and we have recently received some constructive comments about what really matters for our customers, and how we can improve our delivery of the Modification Process. In particular, we have received feedback about how we handle our Working Groups, and have introduced a number of changes in response to this: Click here to find out more.
One way to find out and engage with modifications is to participate in the Modifications Question Hour. The next is on the 10 December.
BEIS consultation on DCC SMETS1 Service, and changes product management process for SMETS 2 Devices.
On 5 November BEIS issued a consultation on the regulatory changes including changes to supply licence conditions for both the provision of a SMETS1 service by DCC and to streamline the current Commercial Product Assurance Central Product List process es for SMETS2. More details are on the SEC website, including the consultation document and associated draft text s and amendments. The consultation closes on 3 December.
The DCC Firmware Management Consultation
The DCC is consulting on proposals for improvements to the current SMETS2 DCC Communications Hub (Comms Hub) Firmware Management processes. The goal of the proposed improvements is to:
- Improve Comms Hub delivery stages to ensure new firmware delivers the functionality intended;
- Achieve confidence that new Comms Hub firmware is operable with devices deployed on the production estate to facilitate the Smart Metering System;
- Improve governance and accountability on processes related to Comms Hub Firmware.
You can download the Consultation here. The consultation closes on 17 December.
The DCC has updated its consultation timetable showing when it is planning to issue consultations and for how long. You can see it here. Two further consultations are anticipated in November.
20 November Smart Meter Key Infrastructure Policy Management
21 November Change Board meeting 24
27 November Operations Group meeting 14
28 November Security Sub Committee meeting 67
3 December BEIS consultation on DCC SMETS1 service and
10 December Modifications Question Hour
11 December Spotlight on the SEC
12 December Security Sub Committee meeting 68
13 December Technical Architecture and Business Architecture
14 December SEC Panel meeting 63
17 December DCC Firmware Management Consultation closes