SEC Newsletter 3 October 2019

Hello and welcome to our latest newsletter.  

The 23 September marked the SEC’s sixth birthday and what better way to celebrate than to launch CodeWorks – your digitised version of the SEC! 

The SECAS team

Read on to learn more about CodeWorks, vacancies on the Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC), the updated Business Architecture Model plus a ‘save the date’ for our Introduction to the SEC seminar on 5 November.    

 

CodeWorks   

We have digitised the SEC! You are invited to register to use CodeWorks, a web-based, searchable version of the SEC, where you can search for content relevant to your Party type. Further releases are due to take place, to include moving Security Self Assessments online and to provide a platform to interact and collaborate with the change process for Modification proposals. 

Click here to register and you will receive a welcome email with your log in details. 

 

Save the date – Introduction to the SEC! 

Is your company new to the Smart Energy Code? Have you, or someone you know, recently joined a SEC Party and would benefit from a high-level introduction to the SEC. We invite you to attend our Introduction to the SEC seminar on 5 November 2019 at the Gemserv offices to help build your knowledge and network with other SEC Parties.  

The agenda and further information will be published here shortly. Places are restricted to two attendees per SEC Party and are expected to fill quickly so don’t delay and reserve your place today by emailing SECAS@gemserv.com. 

 

TABASC Member Elections  

November 2019 is the end of the term for several Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC) Members. We are seeking nominations for three Large Supplier representatives, and one representative for each of the following SEC Party categories: Small Supplier, Electricity Network, Gas Networks and Other SEC Parties.  

If you would like to nominate an individual, including yourself, please read the Invitation for Nominations. Then complete and return the form provided (in Annex B) by 14 October 2019 to SECAS@gemserv.com. For further information on the nomination process please read the TABASC Nominations Factsheet.  

  

Business Architecture Model (BAM) – SMETS1 Services Release updates published  

For new market entrants, new starters within a SEC Party, or anyone interested in the process flows that underpin Smart Metering, the BAM is a great place to start!  

Click here for further information and to access the BAM.   

 

Last chance to submit your views via the Effectiveness Review questionnaire by 9 October  

Thank you to those who have already responded to the Effectiveness Review questionnaireYour responses matter and will help inform the effectiveness of the Technical Architecture, Business Architecture and Home Area Network (HAN) requirements. Your feedback will assist in identifying any operational issues affecting the User experience through the End-to-End processes, so it is important that you take part. 

Please click here to find out more and access the link to the questionnaire. The deadline for responses is 9 October 2019. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your say!
 

New Firmware Distribution guidance published 

The new ‘Firmware Distribution to Suppliers for SMETS2+ Meters Guidance’ is now published on the Design Notes and Interim Approaches webpage for you to use.  

The guidance recommends a standard way of delivering Firmware to Suppliers to allow deployment to meters.
 

New SEC Strategic Plan published  

The SEC Panel has developed a Strategic Plan which provides a forward view of known industry changes which might have an impact on the SEC Arrangements. The plan will be reviewed by the SEC Panel every quarter or when an event is triggered. SEC Parties can access the SEC Strategic Plan here.   

 

Determining your User Security Assessment Type – SMETS1  

SECAS has published information on how and when SMETS1 Devices will be considered when determining which type of User Security Assessment must be taken by a SEC Party/DCC User. Please click here for further information. 

  

Latest SEC Modcast  

In this episode you can hear about the October Working Group meeting, Change Sub-Committee outcomes and an update on our much-anticipated CodeWorks launch! To listen please click here. 

 

BEIS publications   

BEIS has recently published a number of documents which you may find of interest, including  

Delivering a Smart System: A Smart Meter Policy Framework post 2020. BEIS expects that all Suppliers will meet the 2020 deadline of offering all consumers a Smart Meter but recognises that not all consumers may have full smart functionality, due to technical constraints. The consultation closes on 11 November 2019.  

Changes to the SEC and DCC Licence Conditions proposing changes to facilitate the continued enrolment of SMETS1 Smart Meters into the DCC network, plus other smart metering-related changes. The deadline for responses to this consultation is 14 October 2019.  

A response to Consultation on directing the DCC to plan for the Design, Development and Implementation of Smart Metering Enduring Change of Supply arrangements. 

 

Date Meeting, Event or Deadline
4 October Deadline for responses to DCC Communication Hub Supporting Information Consultation
4 October Deadline for responses to DCC SMETS 1 Final Operating Capability Device Model Combination Consultation
7 October Modification Question Hour
9 October Deadline for responses to Effectiveness Review Survey
9 October Security Sub-Committee Meeting 87
10 October Testing Advisory Group Meeting 59x
11 October SEC Panel Meeting 73
14 October Closing date for Consultation on Changes to the Smart Energy Code and DCC Licence Conditions
15 October Smart Meter Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority Meeting 62
17 October Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 47
23 October Security Sub-Committee Meeting 88
23 October Change Board Meeting 35
29 October Change Sub-Committee 08
30 October Testing Advisory Group Meeting 60
5 November Introduction to the Smart Energy Code
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