SEC Newsletter 30 April 2020

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the SECAS newsletter.

This edition is jam packed, so read on to find out about how you can join the SMKI PMA Sub-Committee, say goodbye to a long-standing Large Supplier representative, and learn about our brand new Open Industry Consultations webpage.

Please contact our SECAS Helpdesk with any suggestions about how SECAS could further support you with maintaining business as usual during the Covid-19 situation or if you have any questions.


Represent your Party type by joining the SMKI PMA

The Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) is the public key infrastructure established by the DCC. It provides secure communications between Devices and Users.

The SMKI Policy Management Authority (PMA) meets once a month and governs the SMKI Document Set and aims to gain assurance of the DCC’s operation of SMKI Services.

July 2020 marks the end of term for several Members, opening up the opportunity for you to keep informed of industry developments and influence key decisions.

We are calling nominations for Large Suppliers, Small Suppliers, Gas Networks and a Security Sub-Committee representatives.

Would you like to play a vital role managing the policy surrounding the Smart Metering Key Infrastructure? If so, nominate yourself or an individual by submitting your SMKI PMA Nomination Form to the SECAS Helpdesk by close on 25 May 2020.


SEC End of Regulatory Year Report 2019-2020

SEC Parties can now view the End of Regulatory Year Report along with the End of Budgetary Year Report on the SECAS website. The report includes activities that underpin the strategic aims of the SEC Panel to manage the operation of the SEC and support the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) Transition phase and the Joint Industry Plan.


Update on Sub-Committee membership

We would like to thank Ashley Pocock for his significant and impactful contribution over the past eight years and wish him a happy retirement. Ash held a Large Supplier seat on the SEC Panel, Smart Metering Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority (SMKI PMA), the Security Sub-Committee (SSC), and the Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC).

We are delighted to welcome his alternates: Ralph Baxter on the SEC Panel, Nicholas Wright on SMKI PMA and Cavus Batki on the SSC.

Ash’s Large Supplier seat on these Sub-Committees will be up for full term re-election later this year, if you would like to know more please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.


Modification Consultations

SEC Parties are invited to share their views on the Modification Consultations listed below. Please contact our SEC Change team with your feedback, which is invaluable in shaping the outcome of Modifications.


Modification Overview Closing date
MP099 ‘Incorporation of multiple Issue Resolution Proposals into the SEC – Batch 4’ Refinement Consultation – Proposes that multiple Issue Resolution Proposals (IRPs) should be included in the SEC. Those that will impact DCC Systems are incorporated in this Proposal as they are expected to have similar lead-times for DCC System changes.


11 May 2020
MP080 ‘Managing DUIS Uplifts’ Modification Report Consultation – The Proposed Solution is to include all existing and future DCC User Interface Specification versions in SEC Schedule 11 ‘Technical Specification Applicability Table’ (TSAT).


11 May 2020
MP115 ‘Changes to the NCSC Good Practice Guides’ Modification Report Consultation – proposes that Smart Metering Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority (SMKI PMA) guidance should replace outdated National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Good Practice Guides (GPG) which are referenced in the SEC.


11 May 2020
DP111 ‘SMDA Budget Amendments’ Open consultation – Seeks to understand the Smart Metering Device Assurance (SMDA) Scheme’s value within industry and which funding model the industry prefers, and whether the fixed costs may be funded through the SEC.


22 May 2020


Tell us how SMETS2 no-WAN scenarios impact you

Are you and your customers affected by SMETS2 no Wide Area Network (WAN) scenarios? The Proposer of DP094 ‘Supporting prepayment customers in no Smart Meter Wide Area Network scenarios’ seeks to find a resolution to ensure Pre-payment customers can continue to be fully served when there is no WAN. We particularly want to hear how often you and your customers are impacted by no Wide Area Network (WAN), intermittent WAN and DCC outage scenarios.

We welcome your comments to the SEC Change team by 5 May 2020.


Read the Latest CACoP Newsletter

You can read the April 2020 Code Administration Code of Practice (CACoP) Newsletter, which is available to download here or from the CACoP webpage.


Keep up to date with our new Open Industry Consultations Webpage!

You can now view consultations that may be of interest on our new Open Industry Consultations webpage. We know it can be tricky keeping up to date with consultations so we hope that this will be a useful way to keep track of what is important to your SEC Party.

If you are aware of a consultation to be published on the webpage, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.


DCC Publications

The DCC has published the following:


  • Error Handling Strategy (EHS) Consultation – Amendments to the Error Handling Strategy (EHS) document are proposed, focusing on additions of EHS procedures for SMETS1 Response Codes. This consultation closes on 7 May 2020.




BEIS Publications

BEIS has published the following:

  • Heat networks: Building a Market Framework – BEIS has set out proposals to drive forward low-carbon heat networks’ growth in a regulatory framework that protects consumers and ensures fair pricing. This consultation closes on 1 May 2020.


  • Reforming Regulation Initiative – BEIS invites businesses to complete a survey to identify areas of UK regulation for improvement, to ensure regulation is proportionate. This consultation closes on 11 June 2020.


Ofgem Publications

Ofgem has published the following:


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  
5 May  Operations Group Meeting 32 
5 May  SEC Panel Meeting 80X 
6 May  Monthly Working Group meeting
7 May  Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee Meeting 53 
13 May  Security Sub-Committee Meeting 100 
15 May  SEC Panel Meeting 80 
19 May  Smart Metering Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority Meeting 69
22 May  Operations Group Meeting 32x 
26 May  Change Sub-Committee 15 
27 May  Change Board Meeting 42 
27 May  Security Sub-Committee Meeting 101 
27 May  Testing Advisory Group Meeting 67