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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

Report Consultations

Refinement Consultations

MP121 Commissioning non-commissioned Devices after CoS

The DCC has a 90-day target to resolve Wide Area Network (WAN) connectivity to ‘reactive install and leave’ installations. The time taken to establish WAN connectivity to ‘proactive install and leave installations is likely to be even longer. These ‘install and leave’ processes and associated obligations are included in the energy Supply Licences. In addition, the Operational Licence conditions require Suppliers to ensure their Devices can communicate with the DCC once WAN is available.

As a result of these timescales there is a risk that the Consumer will change their energy Supplier before WAN connectivity has been established. In these circumstances the gaining Supplier is not currently able to commission the installed Devices.

The Proposed Solution is to make Device install codes available to gaining Suppliers of uncommissioned Devices, which prevents the Supplier having to replace the Device in order to provide smart functionality to the newly gained customer. The Supplier will be able to raise an incident via the DCC Self-Service Interface (SSI). The installing Supplier will be notified of the incident and must respond to within five Working Days with the install code for that specific Device. The obligation for the installing Supplier to respond to the SSI incident within five Working Days will be codified into the SEC.

The Alternative Solution also includes an obligation on an installing Supplier to respond to a request for install code within five working days. However, the process for the alternate solution would rely on email correspondence for the gaining Supplier to make the request and the installing Supplier to fulfil the obligation, rather than utilising the SSI.

Who should respond?

  • Large Suppliers
  • Small Suppliers
  • The DCC

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘MP121 Commissioning non-commissioned Devices after CoS consultation response’ by 5pm 2 July 2021.

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MP149 Effecting Changes to the Smart Energy Code efficiently

Currently the parties that can raise a Draft Proposal to instigate changes to the Smart Energy Code (SEC) are limited. These constraints negatively impact the efficient progression of changes by:

  • limiting the Parties who can raise change to those who have sufficient resources;
  • impeding required changes being raised;
  • burdening certain Parties devote the time and effort that being a Proposer requires;
  • distorting the drivers of the Change process as only Parties with sufficient resources will raise changes;
  • requiring Proposers to make decisions where they are acting on behalf of others; and
  • adding inefficiencies into the process.

MP149 proposes to extend the provisions to raise Draft Proposals to SECAS, the Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC), and the Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN) Forum. It will also remove the existing limitations to the SEC Panel. Additionally, MP149 will also extend this ability to certain other SEC Sub-Committees subject to the SEC Panel delegating them that responsibility within their terms of reference.

Who should respond?

  • Those interested in the SEC Modifications process.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘MP149 Effecting Changes to the Smart Energy Code efficiently consultation response’ by 5pm 2 July 2021.

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Ofgem Consultations

Market Wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) – Consultation on Implementation and Governance Arrangements

This consultation describes the range of processes required to secure implementation of MHHS, in particular covering the obligations that Ofgem intends to place on Parties to ensure that all parts of the industry move forward together, and the proposed governance arrangements for the implementation process.

This consultation follows the publication of the MHHS Decision, including the Full Business Case and the Final Impact Assessment. This publication can be found here.

Who should respond?

  • All SEC Parties.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact halfhourlysettlement@ofgem.gov.uk by 5pm 25 June 2021.

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Statutory Consultation on proposed changes to Licence Condition 21 of the Smart Meter Communication Licence

Ofgem are consulting on changes to the Smart Meter Communication Licence, to ensure compliance by the licence holder (known as the Smart Data Communications Company Limited) with the Market-Wide Half-Hourly Settlement (MHHS) implementation provisions Ofgem are proposing to place in the Balancing and Settlements Code (BSC).

Who should respond?

  • The DCC.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact Halfhourlysettlement@ofgem.gov.uk by 5pm 25 June 2021.

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BEIS Consultations

Proposed changes to the DCUSA to facilitate the installation of Alt HAN Point-to-Point Equipment

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a consultation on proposed changes to the Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA) to facilitate the installation of Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN) Point-to-Point Equipment located near smart electricity meters so that they may be connected to and draw power from the distribution network.

Who should respond?

  • Large and Small Suppliers.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk by 5pm on 25 June 2021.

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DCC Consultations

Emergency Central Products List (CPL) SMETS1 entries

The DCC is consulting on proposed changes to make provision for a process to allow emergency additions to the Central Products List (CPL) where a security vulnerability is identified.

Who should respond?

  • Device Manufacturers and Suppliers.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm on 22 June 2021.

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Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Self-Service Interface Change Governance Process V1.0

The DCC is consulting on proposed changes to the Self Service Interface (SSI) Change Governance Process. Proposed changes include allowing a SSI change linked to a SEC modification to be processed within the SEC Modification Process, and the addition of User testing in some circumstances.

Who should respond?

  • All SEC Parties.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm 24 June 2021.

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Consultation on the SEC Variation Testing Approach (SVTAD) for the DCC’s Comms Hubs and Networks Programme

The SVTAD sets out the testing approach, testing scope, and how testing will be governed with oversight from the SEC Panel Testing Advisory Group.

Who should respond?

  • Those interested in the SVTAD.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm 9 July 2021.

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SEC Parties are invited to respond to a consultation issued on behalf of the SEC Panel seeking your views on how well the DCC has engaged with you and your organisation during the 2020/21 Regulatory Year.

As part of the changes to the DCC Operational Performance Regime (OPR), Ofgem has asked the SEC Panel to provide an assessment on how well the DCC engaged during the 2020/21 Regulatory Year. As part of that assessment, the SEC Panel is seeking views from SEC Parties. The SEC Panel will incorporate your views into a response issued to Ofgem for their consideration as part of the wider DCC OPR.

Since this is the first time such an assessment has been undertaken, there will be no DCC revenue at risk. Instead, it is intended to use this as a trial year and take the opportunity to use the experience to make any changes to the OPR guidance and the process that supports it. As such, any views you have on the process, and where improvements could be made, would be gratefully received.

Who should respond?

  • All SEC Parties.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please email your completed response form to SECAS@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘OPR – DCC Engagement Consultation’ by 5pm on 14 July 2021.

If you have any questions or wish to provide a verbal response, please contact the SECAS Helpdesk.

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