SEC Newsletter 18 July 2019

Last week was certainly an exciting week for SECAS, with the annual SEC Engagement Day proving to be a great success! The SEC Panel answered lots of Slido questions from SEC Parties and it was great to see so many of you getting involved with the Expert Breakout Sessions. On behalf of the SEC Panel, thank you to all those who attended and contributed to the event.



Please read on for more information about our Engagement Day, CPL updates and more.


Two new SEC webpages now live!

SMETS1 Pending Products Combination List and SMETS1 Eligible Products Combination List webpages are now live under the Products and Reporting tab of our SECAS website. Both lists are produced by the DCC in accordance with SEC Section F2.10A. We will update you once this is published, which is expected shortly in line with SMETS1 Enrolment. You can view these via the links below:


Updated CPL functionality for SMETS1 Devices

SECAS has published an updated CPL submission form to include the SMETS1 functionality ahead of SMETS1 Enrolment.

This is to allow for any necessary industry preparation ahead of the DCC sending notification to add a SMETS1 Device Model. Please see our Latest News article for further information.


SEC Engagement Day Summary

The Annual SEC Engagement Day was held on 11 July at America Square. It was fantastic to see such a positive turnout, with over 50 SEC Parties in attendance and a range of key Stakeholders who presented on current hot topics in the Smart Metering world. The presentations are available for you to view here.

For those who couldn’t attend or would like to refresh their memory, the presentations were filmed throughout the day. We intend to make these videos available to all SEC Parties and hope that this will enable a wider audience to benefit from the presentations and Panel Q&A session. The videos will be announced in a future edition of the newsletter edition so keep a look out!


A date for your diary: Spotlight on the SEC

Our next event will be a Spotlight on the SEC, at the Gemserv offices in London on 12 September 2019. This event is aimed at SEC Parties with a sound knowledge of the SEC who want to be kept up to date with key developments. We will provide you with further information over the coming week, but in the meantime please save the date in your diaries!


SEC Version 6.16 Designated

SEC Version 6.16 was designated on 4 July 2019 to incorporate approved changes to the GB Companion Specification and the Technical Specifications that will go live as part of the November 2019 SEC Release.

The designation also implements changes made by BEIS to Cryptographic Processing in respect of SMETS1 Devices, and the SMETS1 Pending Product Combinations list. Consequently, changes have been made to Section A ‘Definitions and Interpretation’.


MP076 Refinement Consultation

MP076 ‘Pursuing Non-Payment in Events of Default’ has been issued for Refinement Consultation with responses requested by 17:00 on 29 July 2019.

This modification proposes to amend Section J2.6 (b) by obligating the DCC to gain agreement from the Panel that all reasonable steps and proceedings has been taken to pursue payment. It also obligates the DCC to consult with the Panel on how payment should be pursued. Listen to our Modcast tomorrow for an overview of the modification here.


SEC Release Management Policy Consultation

The SEC Release Management Policy has been updated as a result of continued development since the implementation of SECMP0061 ‘Enduring SEC Release Provisions’. It provides a more user-friendly and logical format with the detailed steps that underpin the obligations and powers laid out in the SEC. The consultation documentation can be found here.

Responses are invited by 16 August 2019 and will be considered by the Panel at their meeting in September.


New SEC Modcast

Our latest weekly Modcast focused on the monthly SEC Panel meeting, which was held last Friday, and the recent CACoP Engagement Day. Our next Modcast is out tomorrow (Friday 18 July 2019) which will provide an overview of the MP076 Refinement Consultation, as well as the SEC Release Management Policy here.


DCC Consultation on proposed Self-Service Interface (SSI) enhancements

The DCC is seeking SEC Parties views on whether the proposed changes to the SSI will:

  • Deliver benefits not currently available; and
  • Have any impacts on Users’ operational processes that should be considered.

The proposed changes to the SSI as well as the response form can be found here. Responses should be sent to by 26 July 2019.


Ofgem Annual Report

Ofgem has published its Annual Report for 2018-19 which includes the following:

  • Performance report;
  • Accountability report;
  • Resource accounts and trust statement, showing financial performance; and
  • a summary of the Consumer Impact Report (CIR).

Separately, Ofgem has also published the Ofgem strategic narrative 2019-23 which looks forward to how Ofgem will manage the changing energy market.


Date   Meeting, Event or Deadline  
18 July    Techichal Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 44 
22 July   Closing date for Nominations to Security Sub-Committee 
23 July   Change Sub-Committee 05 
24 July  Security Sub-Committee Meeting 82 
24 July  Change Board Meeting 32 
29 August   Closing date for comments on Retail Energy Code Manager and MPAS elements of Ofgem consultation on REC and Switching  
31 July   Testing Advisory Group Meeting 57 
5 August  Modification Question Hour 
6 August  Operations Group Meeting 23 
7 August   Monthly Change Working Group – August  
8 August   Closing date for Ofgem consultation on the Consumer Vulnerability Strategy  
9 August   SEC Panel Meeting 71 
9 August   Deadline for responses to BEIS consultation on Establishing a mechanism for recouping smart meter communication licensee administration costs. 
14 August   Security Sub-Committee Meeting 83 
15 August  Techichal Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 45