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Open Industry Consultations

Below is a list of open industry consultations which may be of interest to SEC Parties. If you are aware of a consultation to be added please email the details to SECAS@gemserv.com.

For the complete lists of industry consultations, please find the relevant web pages here:

SEC Consultations

MP103 DCC SOC2 Assessments Refinement Consultation

The SEC Change Team are consulting on proposed changes to the legal text in SEC Section G which would enable the DCC to make necessary changes to replace Systems Organisation Controls 2 (SOC2) assessment. The key aim is for the legal text in SEC Section G8 which relate to the assessment of a DCC User, to be translated into G9 for the DCC. This will allow the DCC to tender for a DCC Security Assessment Service Provider to assess them against a framework that will developed by the SSC with input from the assessor.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the Systems Organisation Controls 2 and SEC Section G

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document and response form here.

How to respond

Please email the completed response form to sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘MP103 Refinement Consultation response’ by 5pm 1 June 2020.

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MP102A ‘Power Outage Alerts triggered by an OTA firmware upgrade’ Refinement Consultation

Experience has shown that implementing an Over the Air (OTA) firmware update on some Electricity Smart Metering Equipment (ESMEs) generates a Power Outage Alert (POA). The Proposed solution for this modification is to amend sections of SEC Schedule 9 ‘Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 2’. Amendments will be made to sections 4.3, 5.4, 5.10 and 5.16. this will ensure that the obligations are applied to single phase ESME, twin element single phase ESME, poly-phase ESME and Gas Smart Metering Equipment (GSME). The document changes will state that under no circumstances will a smart meter cut the power to a CH for more than three minutes when an OTA firmware upgrade takes place.

Who should respond?

• Stakeholders
• Those interested in the Power Outage Alerts due to Over the Air firmware updates

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document and response form here.

How to respond

Please email the completed response form to sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘MP102A Refinement Consultation response’ by 5pm 1 June 2020.

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MP118 ‘Communications Hub Finance Charges’ Refinement Consultation

The DCC is required to produce two invoices for all SEC Parties every month; as a result, tracking payments has proven burdensome. The DCC frequently has to reconcile payments which have been made in error, either because they have been made in the wrong amount or to the wrong accounts (i.e. the DCC’s invoices are paid to the Approved Finance Party (AFP) in error, which happens on a regular basis). The solution to the problem is a change to the drafting of SEC Sections J1.2 and J1.7 so that DCC is no longer obliged to bill Communications Hub Finance Charges under separate invoices. No business requirements need to be developed.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in DCC Charges

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document and response form here.

How to respond

Please email the completed response form to sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘MP118 Refinement Consultation response’ by 5pm 1 June 2020.

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MP101 ‘Large Gas Meter Displays’ Modification Report Consultation

The Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) 2 sets out the specifications for what is displayed on Gas Smart Metering Equipment (GSME). Large Gas Meters must comply with the display requirements set out in Section 4 of the SMETS2. However, some Large Gas Meters are unable to measure to thousandths of a metre cubed. This modification proposes an amendment to the SMETS2 that would make Large Gas Meters exempt from the requirements for the display of consumption information. It mainly impacts Large Gas Meter manufacturers and will have minor impacts on Suppliers and consumers.

Who should respond?

  • Businesses
  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in Large Gas Meters

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact sec.change@gemserv.com by 5pm 8 June 2020.

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MP098 ‘Incorporation of multiple Issue Resolution Proposals into the SEC – Batch 3’ Modification Report Consultation

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has previously implemented Issue Resolution Proposals (IRPs) via BEIS-led designations; however, this process was handed over to the Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat (SECAS) for changes to be implemented through the Modifications Process. To improve efficiency, it was agreed these changes should be progressed under a single proposal at regular intervals. This Proposal has been raised to introduce 20 non-Data Communication Company (DCC) System impacting IRPs into the Smart Energy Code (SEC).

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the Issue Resolution Proposals (IRPs) process

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document and response form here.

How to respond

Please email the completed response form to sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘MP098 Modification Report Consultation response’ by 5pm 8 June 2020.

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MP110 ‘Aligning SEC Appendix D with DCC Processes’ Modification Report Consultation

A Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) Independent Assurance Scheme audit was carried out in June 2019 and the auditor identified non-compliances where the DCC internal processes did not conform to the processes set out in SEC Appendix D. The audit identified these differences and the SMKI Policy Management Authority (PMA) agreed the best solution is to retain the current processes and amend Appendix D therefore the obligations in Appendix D will be updated to reflect the current DCC processes.

Who should respond?

  • Businesses
  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in Appendix D of the SEC and DCC processes

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact sec.change@gemserv.com by 5pm 8 June 2020.

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SECMP0015 ‘GPF timestamp for reading instantaneous Gas values’ Modification Report Consultation

Instantaneous Gas Smart Metering Equipment (GSME) register values can be read from the Gas Proxy Function (GPF). These will not normally be in-line with the readings on the GSME, since the GSME only provides intermittent updates to the GPF, typically once every 30 minutes. Without a timestamp to know when the GSME last updated the GPF, the Supplier cannot know how up to date the information is.
The proposed solution is to allow Parties and devices reading the instantaneous values from the GPF to know the time on the GSME’s clock when the value was provided

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the Gas Proxy Function (GPF).

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

To help us process your response efficiently, please email your completed response form to sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘SECMP0015 Modification Report Consultation response’ by 5pm 8 June 2020.

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Ofgem Consultations

In light of the COVID-19 situation, Ofgem announced that from 25 March 2020, they will temporarily pause publishing new information on their website, with the exception of; legally required releases, critical updates and information relating to the Coronavirus.

On 16 April 2020, Ofgem announced further information for energy licencees in regards to Ofgem’s Coronavirus response. Please find the full article here.

DCC Operational Performance Regime Review: May 2020 Consultation

Ofgem are consulting on a revised Operational Performance Regime (OPR) framework. This includes proposals for incentivising the DCC’s system performance under four new outcome-based measures, broken down by meter type and region where relevant. In addition, we propose incentivising the DCC under two new areas that have caused concern among DCC’s stakeholders: DCC’s engagement with its customers, and contract management and procurement.

Who should respond?

  • Businesses
  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the Operational Performance Regime (OPR) framework

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please send your responses to Andrew Roberts at smartmetering@ofgem.gov.uk by 12 June 2020.

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Shetland transmission project: Consultation on proposed Final Needs Case and Delivery Model

Closing Date: 18 June 2020

This consultation document sets out Ofgem’s views and proposals on the Final Needs Case for the Shetland transmission link project and delivery model.

Who should respond?

• Stakeholders
• General Public
• Individuals interested in the Shetland transmission link project

Related Documents

The consultation documents can be found here.

How to respond

Please submit your response, including any attachments, addressed to James Norman at NTIMailbox@ofgem.gov.uk by 17 June 2020.

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BEIS Consultations

 

DCC Consultations

SMETS1 Consultation on changes to the Incident Management Policy

The DCC has issued a consultation on changes the Incident Management Policy (IMP) regarding Telefonica UK Limited’s role as a SMETS1 Communications Service Provider.

Who should respond?

• Businesses
• Stakeholders
• Those interested in the Incident Management Policy

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm Friday 12 June 2020.

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