SEC Newsletter 22 October 2020

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the SEC Newsletter.

In this edition you will find out how you can view our new webinar videos, including the recent ‘Introduction to the SEC – back to basics’ and ‘Operational Metrics: what gets measured gets managed’. Read on to learn how you can represent your Party in the Operations Group, Draft Proposals, Modcasts and more. We hope that you enjoy this newsletter.

Webinars videos now available

Thank you to the 200 attendees who have joined our short topic-focused webinars so far and shared your valuable feedback. If you missed a live webinar, don’t worry, SEC Parties can watch the webinar videos and download the presentation slides, including our recent ‘Introduction to the SEC’ and ‘Operational Metrics’ on our new Webinars page.

If you have any questions or suggested topics for future webinars, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.


Calling all Other SEC Parties!

You are invited to join your SEC Panel representatives, Ashley Pocock and Terry Jefferson, for the ‘Welcoming all Other SEC Parties: Introducing your SEC Panel representatives’ webinar on 11 November at 2pm. You will hear about specific agenda items for discussion at the SEC Panel meeting and learn about upcoming modification proposals that may impact your Party.


Online Change in SEC Party Details Form

Do you need to update your SEC Party details, contacts points or mailing list subscribers? Please use our Online Form to instantly notify SECAS of any changes. It’s a simple way to help ensure that the right people in your organisation are kept informed about important SEC updates.


Operations Group Elections Update 2020

Thank you to all SEC Parties who took part in the Operations Group elections from August 2020. You can read about the successful candidates here.

If you are a Large or Small Supplier Party, or a Gas Network Party, you may be interested in becoming a representative, as there are still vacant seats available. To nominate yourself or an individual please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.


View the Technical Specification Incompatibility Matrix

SEC Parties are invited to view the recently published Incompatibility Matrix which replaces the Compatibility Matrix. You can now view all known Technical Specification design incompatibilities, which broadly fall into two categories:


1. Where there was no intent for Devices built to given Technical Specification versions to interoperate (e.g. SMETS1 and SMETS2+ Devices); and

2. Where there is an intent for Devices built to given Technical Specification versions to interoperate but where there may be specific areas where given functionality may not work by design.


Further details surrounding the publication can be found here.


Change Sub-Committee

The following three Draft Proposals will be brought to the Change Sub- Committee meeting on 27 October 2020. The Draft Proposals will be considered for either initial comments or conversion to a Modification Proposal, which will then be recommended for a Panel decision.



DP145 ‘Align SEC Documentation with DCC Solution for SR8.3 Decommission Device’



SEC Sections A ‘Definitions and Interpretation’ and H ‘DCC Services’ currently conflicts with the Data Communications Company (DCC) design for Service Request (SR) 8.3 (Decommission Device).

At present, a Communications Hub unit can only be removed and returned by a Responsible Supplier Party which forms part of a Smart Metering System (SMS). If a Communications Hub is no longer part of an SMS, then it no longer has a Responsible Supplier as per its definition in SEC Section A, which leads to further contradictions in SEC Section H.




DP146 ‘SM WAN Coverage Date’



The DCC is required to provide information to Parties via the Self Service Interface (SSI) regarding the Smart Metering Wide Area Network (SM WAN) availability for Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (SMETS)1 and SMETS2 Devices.

Some Parties’ systems use a hardcoded date of 1 January 2021 within their business process, which may cause issue for them now the date is no longer relevant.




DP144 ‘Charging of Random Sample Privacy Assessments’



A Random Sample Privacy Assessment is an assessment carried out by an Independent Privacy Auditor (IPA) to identify the extent to which an Other User is compliant with each of its obligations.

Any costs which are incurred in the completion of Random Sample Privacy Assessments are then socialised across all Users. This results in the industry paying for assessments that only Other Users undertake.


Listen to our latest Modcast

You can listen to our latest Modcast here, where we talk through the Change Board outcomes this week and the items going to the Change Sub-Committee next week. The average Modcast duration is only five minutes to help keep you informed of the latest SEC Change updates and free up more of your valuable time. New Modcasts are released regularly on the Change Reporting webpage.


Open Industry Consultations Webpage

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.


BEIS Publications

BEIS has published the following:

  • Consultation Response on BMPPA Scheme for ECoS – Read BEIS’ response to the consultation issued on 9 July 2020 on proposals for a Baseline Margin Project Performance Adjustment (BMPPA) Scheme for the Enduring Change of Supplier (ECoS) Arrangements.



Ofgem Publications

Ofgem has published the following:

  • The Retail Energy Code (REC) – Proposals for Version 1.1 – Ofgem has proposed several changes to the interim document to take effect as Version 1.1. This will also facilitate the early transition of energy theft arrangements to the REC from April 2021. This consultation closes on 16 November 2020.


DCC Publications

The DCC has published the following:

  • CSPCS WAN Solution T3 antenna and alternative options – The DCC is consulting on the Communication Service Provider (CSP) Central and Southern (C&S) Wide Area Network (WAN) solution, and the consequences of the low uptake of T3 antenna. This consultation closes on 23 October 2020.


  • Final Operating Capability (FOC) Testing – The DCC is proposing changes to the SEC Variation Testing Approach Document for SMETS1 Services (SMETS1 SVTAD) related to Final Operating Capability Testing. This consultation closes on 23 October 2020.


  • Further SMETS1 Consultation on dates for re-designation – The DCC is consulting, on behalf of BEIS, on the date for re-designating a number of SEC appendices (DUIS, SRPD, TMAD, and S1SR) regarding CoS Dormancy and SMETS1 Uplift 1.2. This consultation closes on 28 October 2020.



SECAS Helpdesk

Please contact the SECAS Helpdesk with any questions and a member of the team will be happy to help. Helpdesk hours are Monday-Friday 9-5pm (excluding bank holidays).


Date   Meeting, Event or Deadline  
26 October      Operations Group Meeting 37x 
27 October  Change Sub-Committee Meeting 20 
28 October  Security Sub-Committee Meeting 111 
28 October  Testing Advisory Group Meeting 72 
3 November  Operations Group Meeting 38 
4 November  Monthly Working Group meeting – November 2020 
5 November  Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 59 
11 November  Security Sub-Committee Meeting 112 
13 November  SEC Panel Meeting 86 
17 November  Smart Metering Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority Meeting 75 
19 November  Testing Advisory Group Meeting 72X 
23 November  Operations Group Meeting 38x 
24 November  Change Sub-Committee 21 
25 November  Change Board Meeting 48 
25 November  Security Sub-Committee Meeting 113 
25 November  Testing Advisory Group Meeting 73