Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter.
Read on to find out how to submit your questions to the SEC Panel for our upcoming Annual SEC Panel Q&A, which will be delivered by webinar this year. You can also learn about our monthly Small Supplier call, news from Alt HAN Co on the new contract release, plus updates on numerous modifications and publications. We hope that you enjoy this newsletter.
Submit your questions for the Annual SEC Panel Q&A by 30 June
Do you have a question for the SEC Panel? SEC Parties are invited to put their questions to the Panel for discussion at the Annual SEC Panel Q&A webinar at 9:30am on 17 July 2020. You will also hear about key milestones from the previous year and for the year ahead from the Panel Chair.
Please submit your questions for the SEC Panel to the SECAS Helpdesk by close 30 June 2020.
SEC Panel Membership update
We are pleased to welcome Ralph Baxter of Octopus Energy as a new SEC Panel Member, who has filled the vacant Large Supplier seat.
The annual SEC Panel Scheduled Election will take place in July 2020 when a Call for Nominations will be issued to SEC Parties for those seats approaching the end of the two-year term. If you are interested in nominating yourself as a SEC Panel representative, or would like to know more please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.
Join our monthly Small Supplier engagement call
All Small Suppliers are encouraged to join our monthly SEC Panel engagement call, to raise your questions, share views, and hear updates from your SEC Panel representatives, the DCC, SECAS and Alt HAN Co.
Our next call takes place on 24 June 2020 at 3pm. If you don’t yet have the invitation in your calendar, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.
A new way to update your SEC Party Details
SEC Parties are obliged to ensure their SEC Party Details remain up-to-date, so that we can keep you informed of important updates, including SEC Panel updates, engagement event invitations and SEC product releases. If any of the following details have changed, you can now notify SECAS using our new online Change in Party details form:
- SECAS nominated contact(s);
- SEC Party name;
- Company structure; or
- SEC Party category.
If you have any questions, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.
First revision of the Alt HAN Co Supplier Contract released
Alt HAN Co has announced the release of its supplier contract, allowing acceding Energy Suppliers to commence onboarding activities in preparation to offer a solution for around 1.4m GB properties currently unable to access Smart Meters.
Alt HAN Co exists specifically to extend the home area network and seamlessly integrate into Energy Suppliers’ Smart Meter rollout plans, to enable them to meet their regulatory requirement to provide equal access to Smart Metering for all.
The supplier contract is a multi-lateral agreement between Alt HAN Co and Energy Suppliers, providing the framework within which services will be provided to Energy Suppliers. For further information please click here. For any questions please contact SupplierContract@althanco.com.
Shape how Issue Resolution Proposals are incorporated into the SEC
SEC Parties are encouraged to respond to our Process for Incorporating Issue Resolution Proposal consultation to help shape how Issue Resolution Proposals (IRPs) are implemented into the SEC.
Technical Specifications ensure interoperability between Devices used in Smart Metering. IRPs identify issues within these documents and put forward a solution, which is currently managed by the Technical Specification Issues Resolution Sub-group (TSIRS) and implemented by BEIS. This consultation proposes that:
- IRPs are now implemented into the SEC through the Modifications Process rather than TSIRS; and
- Three categories of IRPs are identified through initial assessment by the DCC, and each category is raised as a modification annually.
Two new versions of the SEC have been released to implement two designations from BEIS on:
- 10 June 2020 – Implemented several Licence changes and made amendments to the DCC Charging methodology to modify the way that it charges for its services.
- 15 June 2020 – Made changes to SEC Appendix AL ‘SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document’, to support the DCC Smart Metering Equipment Specifications 1 (SMETS1) service.
Open Industry Consultations
Please visit our Open Industry Consultations webpage for details of consultations that may be of interest to SEC Parties. If you are aware of a consultation that should be added, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.
The DCC has published the following:
- Further consultation on changes to the SMETS1 Supporting Requirements for Secure – Consults on the proposed amendments required to accommodate further Device-specific behaviours that had been identified in the Middle Operating Capability Secure cohort. This consultation closes on 3 July 2020.
- Consultation on changes to the SMETS1 Supporting Requirements Document for Aclara – Proposes amendments to address three specific issues relating to Aclara Devices. This consultation closes on 3 July 2020.
- Consultation on updates to the Migration Error Handling and Retry Strategy (MEHRS) for Middle Operating Capability (MOC) (Secure) – Seeks views on the proposed further changes to MEHRS that are required to cover for the Middle Operating Capability (MOC – Secure) and Final Operating Capability (FOC). This consultation closes on 3 July 2020.
BEIS has published the following:
- Consultation on Changes to Smart Energy Code Technical Specifications and Subsidiary Documents – Consults on changes to Smart Energy Code Technical Specifications and Subsidiary Documents (SSDs) that BEIS is proposing to designate or re-designate for inclusion into the SEC in September 2020 and November 2020 to align with the November SEC Release. This consultation closes on 16 July 2020.
- Smart Meter Coordinated Consumer Engagement – Consults on a number of changes to Smart Energy GB to focus on supporting the next phase of the Smart Meter rollout beyond 2020. This consultation closes on 13 August 2020.
Ofgem has published the following:
- Covid-19 and Energy Regulation: a steady recovery and Impact of Covid-19 on network companies – regulatory expectations – From 1 July 2020, normal regulatory rules will apply and network companies will be expected to comply with their regulatory obligations. Exceptions will be made where companies cannot deliver to the required standards due to demand, their supply chain, or the requirement to comply with government Covid-19 guidance to keep customers and workforce safe.
- Impact of Covid-19 on Retail Energy Supply Companies – regulatory expectations – From 1 July 2020, Ofgem expects that customer needs are met, but is taking a pragmatic approach regarding Smart Meter deployment. Suppliers must ensure safety and protection of customers and their workforce whilst maintaining reliable and secure supplies of energy to customers.
- Statutory consultation on reassessing the wholesale allowance in the first default tariff cap period – Ofgem is proposing the methodology and level to adjust the default tariff cap in the fifth cap period (1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021). This consultation closes on 26 June 2020.
Please contact the SECAS Helpdesk with any questions and a member of the team will be happy to help you. Helpdesk hours are Monday-Friday 9-5pm (excluding bank holidays).
|Date||Meeting, Event or Deadline|
|22 June||Operations Group Meeting 33xx|
|24 June||Change Board Meeting 43|
|24 June||Security Sub-Committee Meeting 103|
|24 June||Testing Advisory Group Meeting 68|
|30 June||Change Sub-Committee 16|
|1 July||Monthly Working Group meeting – July 2020|
|2 July||Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 55|
|7 July||Operations Group Meeting 34|
|10 July||Operations Group Meeting 34x|
|10 July||Testing Advisory Group Meeting 68X|
|17 July||Annual SEC Panel Q&A Webinar|
|17 July||SEC Panel Meeting 82|