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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

Refinement Consultation – MP092 New Planned Maintenance methodology

In April 2019 the DCC began a trial of a new approach regarding the delivery of Planned Maintenance. In order to trial the new approach, the SEC Panel granted the DCC a derogation against these provisions for six months (later extending for a further three months until February 2020). The Panel requested the DCC report on progress to the Operations Group. In July, the DCC reported the trial had been a success and, following a final report to the Operations Group, intended to raise a Modification Proposal to formalise the new approach.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the Section H ‘DCC Services’

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response form in the consultation document and contact SEC.change@gemserv.com by 5pm 7 August 2020.

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MP131 ‘Default maximum demand configuration conflict’ Modification Report Consultation

According to the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS), Great Britain Companion Specification (GBCS) use case definitions, the Data Communication Company (DCC) User Interface Specification (DUIS) and the Message Mapping Catalogue (MMC), values of week definition and date range cannot be configured; only the time of day can be configured via defined use case.
The Proposed Solution is to make amendments to GBCS Table 28d. A number of values currently found in this table conflict with what is stated in the SMETS, GBCS use case definitions, the DUIS, the MMC and the COSEM. The Proposed Solution is to amend the table so that the current conflicting values are corrected to align with the other Technical Specifications. This will mean that, once implemented, meter Manufacturers will be able to build Devices that comply with the Technical Specifications, removing any confusion as to which Technical Specification to follow.

Who should respond?

  • Large Suppliers
  • Small Suppliers
  • Electricity Networks
  • Other SEC Parties

Related Documents
Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond
Please use the response form in the consultation document and contact SEC.change@gemserv.com by 5pm 7 August 2020.

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MP133 – ‘Consequential changes to the SEC Section G’ Modification Report Consultation

Currently in the Smart Energy Code (SEC) Section G, G1.7 lists exclusions for Export Suppliers and Registered Supplier Agents (RSAs). There it states if you are a Data Communications Company (DCC) User who acts in either of those two User Roles, then SEC Section G’s obligations don’t apply except for the ones listed under G1.7. The “Shared Resources” section isn’t currently listed under G1.7, which means Export Suppliers and RSAs can ignore those obligations whilst not being in breach of the SEC.
The solution is to add the “Shared Resources” Sections G5.25 – G5.28 to G1.7 so that Export Suppliers and RSAs are still obligated to follow these requirements.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the Section G ‘Security’ of the SEC

Related Documents
Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond
Please use the response form in the consultation document and contact SEC.change@gemserv.com by 5pm 7 August 2020.

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 SMETS2 Interoperability- Suppliers Firmware Consultation

In autumn of 2019 BEIS undertook an independent review of assurance for SMETS2 device interoperability on change. The final report was submitted to BEIS on 29 October 2019 and set out ten recommendations relating to test assurance and firmware management. On the request of BEIS the SEC Panel accepted to investigate and action six of these recommendations, three of which relate to firmware management

To support the delivery of these recommendations SECAS is seeking a better understanding of firmware management arrangements and any issues with them. SECAS is therefore requesting assistance from Suppliers to understand:

  • the maturity of firmware management processes across industry,
  • the challenges and issues that Suppliers may be facing with accessing and deploying firmware, and
  • the scale and extent of testing against device and firmware version combinations for both installed and gained devices.

Who should respond?

  • Energy Suppliers

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 SECAS@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘Firmware Consultation’. If you have any questions please contact joey.manners@gemserv.com.

Responses are requested by 5pm 21 August 2020.

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Ofgem Consultations

 

BEIS Consultations

Smart Meter Coordinated Consumer Engagement

BEIS are consulting on a number of changes to Smart Energy GB, to focus on supporting the next phase of the Smart Meter rollout beyond 2020. Their proposals include updating Smart Energy GB’s objectives, strengthening its governance framework and revising its funding mechanism.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in Smart Energy GB and the Smart Meter rollout

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk by 4pm 13 August 2020.

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BEIS Consultation on BMPPA Scheme for ECoS

BEIS have published a consultation on proposals for a Baseline Margin Project Performance Adjustment (BMPPA) Scheme to be made under Schedule 1 of Condition 38 of the Smart Meter Communication Licence. The scheme relates to the DCC’s delivery of the Enduring Change of Supplier Arrangements which will replace the existing Transitional Change of Supplier arrangements.

Who should respond?

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk by 5pm 14 August 2020.

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BEIS consultation on the proposed update of the BMPPA scheme relating to delivery of Release 2.0 (including dual band Communications Hubs) by the DCC

BEIS have published a consultation on proposals to modify the Baseline Margin Project Performance Adjustment (BMPPA) Scheme for Release 2.0. The scheme includes incentives that relate to the DCC’s delivery of Dual Band Communications Hubs.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the Baseline Margin Project Performance Adjustment Scheme and Dual Band Communications Hubs

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk by 5pm 18 August 2020.

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DCC Consultations

Changes to the CTSD and ETAD November 2020 SEC Release

This consultation is seeking views on the DCC’s proposed changes to the Common Test Scenarios Document (CTSD) and Enduring Testing Approach Document (ETAD) following the uplift to DCC User Interface Specification (DUIS) 4.

Who should respond?

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm 5 August 2020.

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SMETS1 Consultation on the SMETS1 Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

The DCC is seeking views on a proposed SMETS1 Service Provider Key Management (S1SPKM) Compliance Policy and S1SP Certification Policy for MOC Secure.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the SMETS1 Service Provider Key Management Compliance Policy

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 5pm 14 August 2020.

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SMETS1 Early Firmware Updates

The DCC have issued a consultation on changes to the SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document (TMAD) regarding the early updating of firmware for Dormant Devices.

Who should respond?

  • Stakeholders
  • Those interested in the SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document (TMAD)

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the provided response template and contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm 21 August 2020.

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Consultation on changes to the SMETS1 Supporting Requirements Document for MOC Secure

The DCC is consulting on further proposed changes to be made to the SMETS1 Supporting Requirements Document related to the MOC Secure cohort.

Who should respond?

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm 21 August 2020.

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