Hello and welcome to this edition of the SEC newsletter – a great way to quickly catch up on all things SEC related!
Read on to learn about our Introduction to the Smart Energy Code event, find out how to access CodeWorks, Smart Energy GB Assets, video presentations and much more.
New to the Smart Energy Code? This event is for you!
Are you, or your Party, new to the SEC or the world of Smart Metering? Build your knowledge by joining our Introduction to the Smart Energy Code event on 5 November! Speakers will provide an overview of the SEC, demystify jargon and guide you through essential processes. The draft agenda is available here.
Spaces are filling up quickly, reserve your space today by contacting SECAS@gemserv.com. We look forward to welcoming lots of new faces on the day!
Spotlight on the SEC presentation videos now available
We want to ensure the knowledge shared at our events is available for all SEC Parties. If you are a SEC Party who missed our Spotlight on the SEC event, or would like to share the content, you can now download the video presentations from our website here.
How will Ofgem’s Switching Programme impact the SEC?
In August we published an initial draft of the changes that Ofgem’s Switching Programme will have on the SEC. The draft has been updated to reflect how the DCC will use certificates and other Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) provisions. Full details of the update can be found here.
We welcome your feedback before these documents are included in Ofgem’s Autumn consultation. Please send your comments to SEC.Change@gemserv.com by 25 October.
Have you registered for CodeWorks?
CodeWorks is your new digital version of the SEC. Search by keywords, filter the SEC to your Party type, mark Sections as favourites and interact with SECAS and other CodeWorks users. Click here to register and you will receive a welcome email with your log in details.
We will keep you updated about other exciting features that will become available over the next few months. Please get in touch about your experience of using CodeWorks by emailing SECAS@gemserv.com to share any feedback.
June 2020 SEC Release Implementation Document baselined
The Panel has baselined the June 2020 SEC Release Implementation Document (RID) to include the DCC System impacting modifications that are in scope. The document can be downloaded here and is also available on the About Releases page of our website.
Coming Soon: Listen to the October Working Group meeting
For the first time, SECAS will publish an audio recording of the discussions and presentations from the Modification Working Group meeting held on 3 October, allowing you to listen to the meeting discussion. You will be able to download the recording, and written summary notes here shortly.
Our latest SEC Modcast
Listen to our latest Modcast to hear about a range of topics including Ofgem’s upcoming Faster Switching consultation, updates on the latest Draft Proposals and the outcomes of the last Working Group meeting. You can find this episode here. Previous episodes are available via the Document Download Centre.
The DCC is consulting on changes to its Release Management Policy. The deadline for responses is 19 November 2019. The DCC has also published the following responses to previous consultations:
- Changes to the Intimate Communications Hub Interface Specification (ICHIS); and
- Conclusions on the SMETS1 Middle Operating Capability (MOC )Systems Integration Testing (SIT): Proposed Device Model Combination (DMC) Selection and Rationale
The Ofgem Validation Tool is the first digital tool that Ofgem has made available as open-source information, and there are already huge reductions in the time it takes for data to be processed which helps minimise the cost of energy regulation. Further information is available here.
Ofgem has the following consultations open:
- Statutory Consultation on the Post-2020 Smart Meter Rollout Reporting Requirements. The closing date is 26 November 2019.
- 2019 State of the Energy Market looks at the retail, and wholesale energy markets, affordability and vulnerability, and the decarbonisation and security of supply.
Ofgem has also published:
- Decision – Framework for assessing whether conditions are in place for effective competition in domestic supply contracts. The response sets out whether Ofgem can recommend to the Secretary of State that the Tariff Cap should end; and
- Vulnerable Consumers in the Energy Market: 2019.
Accessing Smart Energy GB assets
Smart Energy GB shares information that can be used by all energy Suppliers to carry out their own consumer engagement activities through the Smart Energy GB supplier marketing & PR forum. Smart Energy GB also maintains shared folders containing assets for use by Suppliers (such as campaign creatives, activity, plans, and insight & research). To gain access to this shared folder, please contact your Supplier marketing & PR forum representative, or email the Industry Relations team directly at energysuppliers@smartenergyGB.org for more information.
If you would like to learn more about Smart Energy GB, SEC Parties can access the video presentation from the Spotlight on the SEC event here. A Smart Energy GB representative will also be presenting An Overview of Smart Energy GB at our Introduction to the SEC event on 5 November. To reserve your place, please contact SECAS@gemserv.com with your name, email and any dietary requirements by 28 October.
Dates and deadlines
|Date||Meeting, Event or Deadline|
|17 October||Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 47|
|23 October||Security Sub-Committee Meeting 88|
|29 October||Change Sub-Committee 08|
|30 October||Testing Advisory Group Meeting 60|
|5 November||Introduction to the Smart Energy Code|
|5 November||Operations Group Meeting 26|
|6 November||Monthly Working Group Meeting – November 2019|
|11 November||Modification Question Hour|
|11 November||Closing date for BEIS Consultation on a Smart Meter Policy Framework post 2020|
|13 November||Security Sub-Committee Meeting 89|
|15 November||SEC Panel Meeting 74|