It is said that the only constant in life is change, and that is true even with the change process itself.
Following the completion of our SEC Section D Review, three Modification Proposals were raised to progress the key findings, with the core proposal being the introduction of a new Development Stage to the process. This stage will help Proposers to shape and assess a potential modification before it is formally raised, better enabling a smooth progression through the subsequent process.
We have now issued these modifications for industry consultation, and you can find copies of these here. The consultations will close on 14th June 2018, and we welcome your views on these proposals.
We are targeting these changes to be implemented on 1st November 2018, as part of the November 2018 SEC Release, which will mark the beginning of a new and improved SEC Modifications Process. In parallel with this, we are also looking at wider improvements to the services we deliver, and I welcome any views and feedback you have on this – please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any thoughts you want to raise about the Change service we provide.
Change Delivery Manager, SECAS
Latest Spotlight on the SEC Seminar
The most recent Quarterly Spotlight on the SEC Seminar for Parties of all categories and sizes was held n 30th May 2018.
This included highlighting current matters of importance to SEC Parties such as the application of GDPR to the Energy industry, highlighting the importance of Suppliers correctly populating Devices with DNO credentials, and an introduction to the Pilot Production Service that is offered by the DCC. There were also updates on SEC governance, current Modification Proposals, a business update from the DCC and more. The slide pack from the event is available here.
The SEC Panel held its latest meeting on 11th May 2018. The key topics and decisions discussed can be found in the Final Minutes here.
Key items included:
- A confidential Completion Report for Part 4 of SMKI and Repository Testing (SRT), in addition to a letter from the SMKI PMA which confirmed that the SMKI PMA were satisfied with the entry and exit criteria. The Panel approved the completion of SRT Part 4.
- The Panel agreed to a request from the DCC for an additional six hours of maintenance to support the upgrade to Release 2.09 at the end of September 2018.
- A Draft End of Regulatory Year Report for the period of 2017-2018, prepared by SECAS. The Panel approved the Report, which you can see on the SEC Website.
The next Panel meeting will be on 15th June 2018.
Testing Advisory Group (TAG)
The key items at the TAG meeting on 30th May were:
- General updates on the progress with Release 2.0 and SMETS1 Services release testing progress;
- The Transition to Operations Approach Document;
- A Release 2.0 UIT entry (Single Band) Update; and
- The June 2019 Release Testing Approach Document, and prior responses and associated actions to feedback received.
The TAG will meet again on 27th June 2018.
Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC)
The TABASC met on 17th May 2018 and the main points were:
- An overview of Alt HAN and the activities being undertaken by the Alt HAN Forum.
- Approving the Release 2.0 Business Architecture Document and Technical Architecture Document changes, in advance of Release 2.0 going live later this year.
- New risks relating to Dual Band (868MHz) coverage and the risk that changes are made outside of the DCC Systems and the SEC, where the costs and lead times to implement DCC System changes are too high.
- The different Dispute, Referral and Appeal routes within the SEC, along with the SECAS prepared guidance table produced to collate the routes in a single place for ease of reference.
The next TABASC meeting will take place on 21th June 2018.
Security Sub-Committee (SSC)
The SSC met on 9th and 23rd May 2018 and discussed an issue raised by Network Operators regarding Suppliers incorrectly populating Devices with Network Operator Certificates at Commissioning. In accordance with SEC Appendix AC, the Sub-Committee will be provided with a Post Commissioning Report on a monthly basis from now on. The SSC recommended that the Panel write to Suppliers to remind them of their Post Commissioning obligations. The SSC also discussed the following topics:
- The SSC were reminded of the arrangements proposed in a BEIS consultation for security assurance of SMETS1 devices after Enrolment and Adoption which closed on Thursday, 24th May 2018 and .
- An update on SECMP0044 – User Security Assessment of a Shared Resource and were informed of the SECAS consultation launched on the 11th May 2018 in order to be able to implement the modification in August 2018.
The SSC meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Further information about the SSC can be found here.
Operations Group (Ops Group)
The Ops Group met on 22nd May 2018. Draft minutes of the meeting are available. In addition to reviewing a number of regular DCC reports, the following items were discussed:
- The DCC’s work investigating the most efficient and economical way of managing Communication Hub assets ordered and manufactured for the launch of DCC R 1.2.
- The Operations Group discussed Data integrity and quality and the DCC’s validation of this data and how it could be improved.
- The Network representatives presented an ‘Any other business’ item regarding how DCC deal with Incidents in which Network Parties are unable to communicate with Smart Meters due to Smart Meter Key Infrastructure (SMKI) Certificate Issues.
The next Ops Group meeting will be held on the 26th June 2018.
Smart Metering Key Infrastructure Policy Management Authority (SMKI PMA)
The SMKI PMA met on 15th May 2018. At this meeting:
- The DCC informed the group that they had received nominations for Key Custodians, and the SMKI PMA approved the nominations as requested.
- BEIS presented on the Transition and Migration Approach Document (TMAD) that the DCC are currently consulting on in relation to SMET1 Services. SMKI PMA considered the implications of the temporary User Roles that are being proposed for use of SMKI and agreed to respond to the consultation on this point.
- SMKI PMA agreed that the DCC had fulfilled the exit criteria for SMKI Repository Testing Part 3B in preperation for Release 2.0, and made a recommendation for SEC Panel to approve it.
For more details regarding the last SMKI meeting, please refer to the SMKI PMA Meeting Headlines here. The next SMKI PMA meeting will take place on Tuesday, 19th June 2018.
New SEC Modification Proposals
There have been four new modification raised since the April 2018 Panel meeting:
- SECMP0052 ‘Updates to the DCCKI CP and DCCKI RAPP’
- SECMP0053 ‘Amend Target Response Times for Service Requests Critical to Installation and Commissioning Processes’
- SECMP0054 ‘Changes to DCC Explicit Charges for Test Houses’
- SECMP0055 ‘Incorporation of multiple Issue Resolution Proposals into the SEC’
We presented the Initial Modification Reports (IMRs) for the above modifications to the Panel at its May 2018 meeting. The Panel agreed for:
- SECMP0052 to proceed directly to Modification Report Consultation (MRC),
- SECMP0053 and SECMP0055 to proceed into the Refinement Process; and
- SECMP0054 to be deferred in setting a progression timetable subject to the proposer’s decision to continue or withdrawal the modification following feedback from the Panel. The Proposer has since elected to withdraw SECMP0054.
Working Group Consultations
The following Modification Proposals have been issued for Working Group Consultation:
- SECMP0044 ‘User Security Assessment of a Shared Resource’ – responses invited by Monday 4th June 2018
- SECMP0049 ‘Section D Review: Amendments to the Modification Process’ – responses invited by Thursday 14th June 2018
- SECMP0050 ‘Section D Review: Moving the Working Group Terms of Reference to a separate document’ – responses invited by Thursday 14th June 2018
- SECMP0051 ‘Section D Review: Amendments to the Fast Track Modification process’ – responses invited by Thursday 14th June 2018
If you wish to respond, please send your responses to email@example.com.
Modification Report Consultations
At its May 2018 meeting, the Panel considered the Draft Modification Report (DMR) for SECMP0027 ‘Amending Service Request Forecasting’.
The Panel determined that SECMP0027 should be progressed to Modification Report Consultation (MRC). The Panel also agreed to change the Path Type of SECMP0027 from Path 2 ‘Authority Determined’ to Path 3 ‘Self-Governance’, as the material impact originally envisioned is no longer relevant.
The Panel also considered the IMR for SECMP0052 ‘Updates to the DCCKI CP and DCCKI RAPP’ and progressed this modification directly to MRC.
We have issued both SECMP0027 and SECMP0052 for MRC with responses due by 5pm on Monday, 4th June 2018. Further information on these consultations can be found on the SECMP0027 and SECMP0052 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 23rd May 2018, the SEC Change Board:
- Voted to unanimously approve SECMP0023 ‘Correct Units of measure for Uncontrolled Gas Flow Rate’ under Self-Governance; and
- Voted to return SECMP0047 ‘Default Provisions for Other SEC Parties’ to the Panel for further development.
SECMP0023 is now subject to a 10 Working Day period in which Parties may refer this decision to the SEC Panel if they disagree with the Change Board’s determination. This period ends at 5pm on Friday 8th June 2018. If no referrals are received, the Change Board’s decision is final and SECMP0023 will be implemented on 27th June 2019.
Designation of SEC Version 5.15 and 5.16
SEC version 5.15 was designated on 25th May 2018 to implement approved Modification Proposal SECMP0045 ‘Incorporation of the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations’.
SEC version 5.16 was designated on 31st May 2018 following publication by BEIS of consultation conclusions on 27th March 2018 and completion of the associated parliamentary process. The SEC now incorporates:
- Changes related to the provision of Communication Hubs;
- Changes to permit DCC to develop and use a Production Proving capability; and
- Changes related to the removal of the non-domestic opt-out
You can download the current version of the SEC from the SEC and Guidance Documents page of our website.
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 11th June 2018. Further information, including the relevant teleconference details, can be found here.
Recent Publications and SECAS updates
DCC consultations closing soon
There were two DCC consultations open during May which will close shortly:-
Consultation on the Transition and Migration Approach Document for DCC’s Service for SMETS1 Devices and accompanying changes to the SMETS1 Supporting Requirements – the closing date has been extended until 5th June 2018.
Consultation on the proposed changes to the SEC Subsidiary Documents that define DCC’s service for SMETS1 devices – closing 4th June. this may also be extended.
Ofgem Open letter
- Prioritising the move to installation of SMETS2 during 2018
- Ensuring prepayment customers have access to smart meters
- Increasing consumer engagement without being coercive
- Reminders that in communication and installing suppliers comply with Standards of conduct and comply with SMICoP
Smart Meters Act 2018
Smart Meters Bill received Royal Assent on 23 May. A copy of the Smart Meters Act 2018 and associated explanatory notes can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/14/contents/enacted. Provisions include
- Extending the Secretary of State’s powers around the smart meter rollout until 20203
- A Special Administration Regime (SAR) for the DCC, starting on 23 July 2018
- More powers for Ofgem around introducing half hourly settlement
SEC Parties and Accessions
Two Applicants acceded as Parties to the SEC in May 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||303|
|(Other SEC Parties)||87|
|Accession of new Parties to the SEC since last Newsletter||2|
|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 via the link provided.
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||Meetings and Events|
|13th June 2018||SSC Meeting 56|
|15th June 2018||SEC Panel Meeting 57
SECCo Board Meeting 57
|19th June 2018||SMKI PMA Meeting 47|
|21st June 2018||TABASC Meeting 31|
|26th June 2018||Operations Group Meeting 09|
|27th June 2018||TAG Meeting 51
SSC Meeting 57
The dates for the next meetings of the modification Working Groups can be found in the Calendar link provided above.