Welcome to the first newsletter of May. We hope that you all enjoyed the Easter break and are looking forward to another long weekend.
We are well into the new regulatory year here at SECAS and have already begun planning our Smart Energy Code Engagement Day on 11 July – a date for all your diaries. All SEC Parties are welcome to attend this opportunity to meet SEC Panel members, ask questions, and hear from industry experts about current developments. More information will be provided over the next month, so keep a look out!
Take a look at our End of Regulatory Year Report 2018 – 2019
With more SEC Parties than ever before, it has been a busy year for SECAS and the SEC Panel. The SEC Panel has published its End of Regulatory Year Report for the period 2018 to 2019, which covers the many activities that the SEC Panel and its sub-committees have undertaken throughout the year to support the Smart Metering Implementation Programme.
You can view the report here.
Reminder: please send us your comments regarding SMETS1 Services Release Business Architecture Document (BAD) & Technical Architecture Document (TAD)
Why are we seeking your comments and views? Both documents have been updated to include SMETS1 Services Release content. We really appreciate your views and request you send any comments to SECAS@gemserv.com by 20 May.
Calling all SEC Parties, we want to hear from you! Survey – The Other User Role
We want to offer the best possible service to SEC Parties and are keen to better understand your primary business functions.
The SEC Parties membership includes a diverse range of organisations with a broad range of business needs and requirements.
We would also like to know if, and how, you intend to use DCC Services. Your responses will also help determine whether there is a need for further categorisation of the Other User Role, or a need to create an entirely new User Role.
Please take a minute or two to provide this information via a very short questionnaire available here. Thank you very much for your time and input.
Our next Modcast will be released tomorrow morning. This week we will summarise discussions from our first monthly Working Group, tell you about the new Draft Proposals, and more. Please visit our website for details.
If you haven’t yet heard our SEC Modcasts, they are published every Friday morning and provide a snapshot of the key activities taking place regarding SEC modifications. Last week’s episode is still available to listen to here.
We want to ensure we are delivering updates that are relevant to you, so if you have any comments or feedback on our Modcasts, please email us at email@example.com.
New Draft Proposals – are these issues affecting you?
Since the last newsletter, three new Draft Proposals have been raised:
- DP073 ‘Alteration of SMKI Repository information and documentation’ has identified ambiguity around the handling of information within the Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) Repository, which the Proposer seeks to clarify.
- DP074 ‘Clarity on Obtaining SMKI Device Certificates’ has identified that the SEC does not clearly reflect the process for obtaining SMKI Device Certificates following completion of the User Entry Process Tests, which the Proposer believes needs to be clarified.
- DP075 ‘Third party metering service providers’ has identified that in many cases for non-domestic suppliers, there is no formal relationship between the Supplier and the Meter Asset Provider, or the Supplier and the manufacturer. Instead the Supplier may have a formal contract with a Meter Asset Manager, or the with the end consumer.
We seek your views on the issues raised in any open Draft Proposals, including whether, or how, they affect you. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEC versions 6.11 and 6.12 Designated – SECMP0043 and SECMP0070 Implemented
Following the Authority’s decision to approve Modifications:
- SECMP0043 ‘Modification to Services Force Majeure Provisions’, SEC v6.11 came into effect on 23 April 2019.
- SECMP0070 ‘Permission to give Alt HAN Forum vires for enduring management and maintenance of the Exempt Premises List (EPL)’, SEC v6.12 came into effect on 26 April 2019.
The SEC Sections affected were:
- Section A ‘Definitions and Interpretation’
- Section H ‘DCC Services’
- Section M ‘General’
- Section Z ‘Alt HAN Arrangements’
What is the Commercial Product Assurance Security Characteristics Modification Methodology?
The Security Sub-Committee (SSC) maintain the Security Characteristics (SCs) which are used so that product developers and purchasers can understand which security functions are being assessed by the test laboratories.
If you are a Device Manufacturer, test laboratory, Trade Body or SEC Party, you may propose an SC Modification Request. The SSC follows the broad principles and processes of the SEC Modification process, but non-SEC Parties will also be included in the review. Further information, including impact analysis can be found here.
The full methodology to achieve modifications to the SCs can be found here.
Security Controls Framework Version 1.16 Published
On the 24 April 2019, the SSC approved Version 1.16 of the Security Controls Framework (SCF) for publication. Further details can be found here.
Ofgem consultation on smart metering costs, the default tariff cap
Ofgem has published a consultation on the smart metering component of the costs in the default tariff cap. They are seeking views on how it will review and then set the Smart Metering Net Cost Component (SMNCC) in the third and fourth cap periods (from Autumn 2019 to Autumn 2020 – when the cap will end). The consultation is available on the Ofgem website and closes on 30 May.
BEIS consultation on Smart Export Guarantee
BEIS is consulting on proposals to modify the electricity supply licence conditions to introduce the Smart Export Guarantee. BEIS hopes that this will be an innovative and smart replacement for the Feed-in Tariff which has ended. You can access the consultation on the BEIS website. The consultation closes on 27 May.
Reminder – other consultations
The following consultations are closing shortly:
- The DCC draft 5-year Business Development Plan. The consultation closes on 10 May.
- Ofgem consultation on new Regulations and application process for licences. The consultation closes on 13 May.
|Date||Meeting, Event or Deadline|
|2 May||Deadline for Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Large Supplier Nominations|
|6 May||Modifications Question Hour|
|7 May||Operations Group Meeting 20|
|8 May||Security Sub-Committee Meeting 77|
|10 May||SEC Panel Meeting 68|
|10 May||Closing date for DCC consultation on Draft Business Development Plan|
|16 May||Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 42|
|21 May||Smart Metering Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority Meeting 57|
|22 May||Security Sub-Committee Meeting 78|
|22 May||Change Board Meeting 30|
|28 May||Change Sub-Committee Meeting 3|
|29 May||Testing Advisory Group Meeting 55|
|30 May||Closing date for Ofgem consultation on reviewing smart metering costs in the default tariff cap|
|11 July||SEC Engagement Day|