Welcome to the new financial year, and for some of the SEC Sub-Committees, that means a new round of member nominations and elections.
The Sub-Committees play an invaluable role in ensuring the Panel are supported to deliver the SEC Objectives; the first of which is to facilitate the efficient provision, installation, and operation, as well as interoperability, of Smart Metering Systems at Energy Consumers’ premises within Great Britain.
So, what do the Sub-Committees do? Perhaps that’s best illustrated by looking at an example such as the current work being undertaken to introduce SMETS1 Services into the DCC.
The Testing Advisory Group have spent significant time developing and recommending the approach to testing the SMETS1 solution that will ultimately be deployed. The SMKI PMA and Security Sub-Committee are working together on updating the Security Architecture required to support these Devices, and considering the reuse of Keys. TABASC are planning how they will ensure the Technical and Business Architecture Documents and Model will be updated to reflect the changes introduced with this new functionality. And once the Services are up and running, it will be the Operations Group that monitors and reports to the Panel on how those Services are being delivered.
If you want to be part of shaping the development, implementation or operation of key pieces of work like these, please keep an eye out for upcoming calls for nominations to be a Committee member.
Nominations for Security Sub-Committee members were opened on 30th April 2018. Please consider applying and keep a look out for the voting process that will follow.
Delivery Manager, SECAS
The SEC Panel held its latest meeting on 13th April 2018. The key topics and decisions discussed can be found in the Final Minutes here.
Key items discussed include:
- The Panel were provided a recommendation by the Testing Advisory Group (TAG) in regard to the SMETS1 Services Interface Testing exit criteria, and agreed to recommend to the approval of the exit criteria within the SMETS1 Interface Testing Approach Document to the Secretary of State;
- SECAS presented the Panel with a proposed response to the SMETS1 Service consultation that has recently been issued by BEIS. The Panel agreed that the response should focus on security provisions, DCC services, and transition provisions.
- The Panel discussed upcoming SEC Party Engagement Day in July 2018, and the Panel agreed the proposed approach suggested by SECAS.
The next Panel meeting will be on 11th May 2018.
Security Sub-Committee (SSC)
The SSC met on 11th and 25th April 2018 and discussed the quarterly SSC Risk Register and SEC Standards Review. SECAS informed the SSC that since undertaking a review of the SEC Security Standards and presenting the changes to the SSC in March, there were no further updates to be made.
The SSC agreed that SEC would produce guidance on the SEC Standards and issue to the relevant parties in Q3 of 2018.
The next SSC meeting is scheduled for 9th May 2018.
Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC)
The TABASC met on 19th April 2018. The main topics of discussion included:
- an overview of SECMP0046 regarding potential Managed Electric Vehicle charging.
- a list of issues that have been agreed as out of scope for the BEIS Issue Resolution Process, and passed over for progression via the SEC Modification Process.
- developing the TABASC risk register in relation to 868MHz frequency coverage.
The following TABASC related items are out for industry review:
- the draft changes made to the Business Architecture Model (BAM) based on Release 2.0 content was issued for review on 20th April 2018, with responses/comments requested by 18th May 2018. For further information on how to review and/or respond on the updated BAM, please see the latest news item: Business Architecture Model Industry Review – Release 2.0 and SEC content
- the Effectiveness Review Questionnaire was issued to SEC Parties and Users on 12th April 2018 with the aim of getting DCC User views on the experience of live operations to date. For further information, please see the latest news item: TABASC Effectiveness Review questionnaire has been issued – response invited by 11th May 2018
The next TABASC meeting ison the 17th May 2018.
Testing Advisory Group (TAG)
The TAG met on 25th April 2018 to primarily discuss:
- the DCC’s proposal for SMETS1 Migration Testing and System Capacity Testing;
- the DCC’s proposed changes to the Release 2.0 Device Integration Testing and User Integration Testing Approach Documents, in light of recent developments and associated Release 2.0 plan changes associated with the availability of SMETS2 v3.0 devices for DIT. The TAG agreed that the proposed revisions to these documents accurately reflected the associated proposals; and
- the initial details on the scope and activities for the June 2019 Release, including the approach and content of associated testing documentation.
The next TAG meeting will be on 30th May 2018.
Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) Policy Management Authority (PMA)
The SMKI PMA met on 17th April 2018 and the following topics were discussed:
- The SMKI PMA considered the DCC SRT Part 4 Completion Report and agreed to recommend that the SEC Panel approve the Report at its May meeting.
- The DCC informed the SMKI PMA that they are currently in discussion with a User to participate in test recovery in the production environment. It was confirmed that more planning on details and logistics were needed.
- The SMKI PMA discussed DCC remediation actions to address a SMKI-related Severity 2 incident. The incident relates to SMKI Certificates having leading zeros in the signature ‘blob’ of the SMKI Certificate that subsequently fails validation when latest versions of Java are installed. The SMKI PMA agreed that the current Section L governance arrangements for DCC access to the SMKI Repository may need amendment.
The next SMKI PMA meeting is scheduled for 15th May 2018.
Operations Group (Ops Group)
The Ops Group met on 24th April 2018. In addition to reviewing a number of regular DCC reports, the following items were discussed:
- The Ops Group discussed how Service Requests are treated during planned and unplanned DCC System outages.
- The Ops Group continued discussions on the DCC’s proposed improvements to their Self-Service Interface. Members recognised the benefits of adopting a more agile approach to change, whilst noting that the DCC proposals would need to be reviewed and approved in detail.
The next Ops Group meeting will be held on the 22nd May 2018.
New SEC Modification Proposals
There have been five new modification proposals raised since the March 2018 Panel meeting:
- SECMP0047 ‘Default Provisions for Other SEC Parties’
- SECMP0048 ‘Extension of SMETS gas Valve exemption to include Large Gas Meters installed at Domestic Premises’
- SECMP0049 ‘Section D Review: Amendments to the Modification Process’
- SECMP0050 ‘Section D Review: Moving the Working Group Terms of Reference to a separate document’
- SECMP0051 ‘Section D Review: Amendments to the Fast Track Modification process’
SECAS presented the Initial Modification Report (IMRs) for these modifications to the Panel at its April 2018 meeting. The Panel agreed for SECMP0047 to proceed directly to Modification Report Consultation (MRC) and for the others to proceed into the Refinement Process.
SECAS is seeking members to join the SECMP0048 Working Group and the SECMP0049/SECMP0050/SECMP0051 Joint Working Group. If you are interested in being part of either of these Working Groups, please email us at email@example.com.
Modification Report Consultations
At its April 2018 meeting, the Panel considered one Draft Modification Report (DMR):
The Panel determined that SECMP0023 should be progressed to MRC.
We have since issued SECMP0023 and SECMP0047 for MRC, with responses due by 5pm on Friday 11th May 2018. Further information on these consultations can be found on the SECMP0023 and SECMP0047 pages of our website. If you wish to respond, please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change Board Vote
At its meeting on 18th April 2018, the SEC Change Board:
- unanimously recommended that the Authority rejects SECMP0002 ‘Add New Command to Reset Debt Registers’; and
- voted to return SECMP0029 ‘Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Testing Amendments’ to the Panel for further development.
We have since issued the SECMP0002 Final Modification Report to BEIS for Authority Determination.
Our Modifications Register contains the details for all SEC Modification Proposals, including a summary of the latest progress and a view of the impacts each proposal will have. You can download this from the top of the Modifications page of the SEC Website.
Modifications Question Hour
The next Modifications Question Hour will be held at 11am on Monday 7th May 2018. Further information, including the relevant teleconference details, can be found here.
Recent Publications and SECAS Activities
Open BEIS consultations
Recent consultation responses
SEC Party Update
15 Parties acceded to the SEC in April 2018. The table below shows the current status of SEC Parties for each SEC Party Category. SEC Party Details can be accessed on the SEC Website.
|Current SEC Parties||301|
|(Other SEC Parties)||86|
|Accession of new Parties to the SEC since the March Newsletter||15|
|Parties withdrawing from the SEC||0|
|Expulsion of Parties from the SEC||0|
|Changes to SEC Panel Member employment status||0|
A list of SEC Parties can be accessed on the SEC Website.
Upcoming SEC Calendar Dates
The dates for the regular meetings of the SEC Panel and SEC Sub-Committees are below. More information on these meetings is available via the Meeting Calendar on the SECAS Website. Modification Proposal Working Group meetings, which are scheduled on an ‘as needs’ basis, are also found on the SEC Meeting Calendar.
|Date (2018)||Meetings and Events|
|9th May||SSC Meeting 54|
|11th May||SEC Panel Meeting 56
SECCo Board Meeting 56
|15th May||SMKI PMA Meeting 46|
|17th May||TABASC Meeting 30|
|22nd May||Operations Group 08|
|23rd May||SSC meeting 55|
|30th May||TAG Meeting 43
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