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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

Requests for Information

SECMP0010 Introduction of triage arrangements for Communication Hubs

Currently, if a Communications Hub fails to install successfully, the installing Supply needs to send it back to the CSP. If the CSP does not find a fault with the Communications Hub, the Supplier is charged a £7.43 fee. Only a certain percentage of these are found to be genuinely faulty, the rest are charged the penalty fee.

The current solution involves the development of a Hand-Held Terminal (HHT), also known as a Triage Tool, that the Supplier can use at their own screened off facility. This device will allow the user to send commands to an unsuccessfully installed Communications Hub, allowing for 1) diagnostics, and if no fault found 2) Reset the Communications Hub. An alternative solution is being investigated due to the high cost of the described solution. SECAS are in discussions with the DCC to explore solution options.

Related Documents

Please find the RFI document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject field as ‘SECMP0010 RFI Response’ by 5pm on 24 September 2021.

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MP121 Commissioning non-commissioned Devices after Change of Supplier (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. This is because they require the Install Code to enable the installed Devices to be joined to the Home Area Network (HAN) (using Service Reference Variant (SRV)8.11), which needs to occur before the Devices can be commissioned.

The Proposed Solution includes an obligation on an installing Supplier to respond to a request for install code within 10 working days. The process would rely on email correspondence for the gaining Supplier to make the request and the installing Supplier to fulfil the obligation. SECAS currently manages an Operational Contact list (accessed once logged in) for Suppliers and named contacts and escalation contacts will be added to this.

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 Change of Supplier’ by 5pm 20 September 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 to 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 TABASC, and the 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.

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’ by 5pm 20 September 2021.

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Refinement Consultations

BEIS and Ofgem Consultations

Consultation on the Design and Delivery of the Energy Code Reform

BEIS and Ofgem have jointly published a consultation on the design and delivery of the energy code reform, developed with the help of feedback to their 2019 consultation. They are looking for views on:

  • detailed elements of their proposals that were not addressed in the previous consultation; and
  • the impact assessment which sets out some of the estimated costs and benefits of their proposed reforms.

Who should respond?

  • All SEC Parties.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please either respond online or use the response template and contact codereform@beis.gov.uk by 11:45pm on 28 September 2021.

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Ofgem Consultations

BEIS Consultations

Maximising Non-Domestic Smart Meter consumer benefits, improving the data offer and enabling innovation

BEIS is consulting on proposals to improve the Smart Meter data offer for Non-Domestic energy consumers. They are also seeking more general views on how best the government can support industry to drive forward innovation in the market for Non-Domestic Smart Meter data-driven services.

Who should respond?

  • Supplier SEC Parties and consumers.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk by 10am on 24 September 2021.

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DCC Consultations

Consultation on proposed changes to the Self-Service Interface

The DCC has issued a consultation to seek user feedback on suggested amendments to the Self-Service Interface (SSI). The changes are linked to SEC Modification 109 ‘ADT and Exit Quarantine file delivery mechanism’.

Who should respond?

  • Those interested in the SSI.

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 4 October 2021.

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Consultation on the delivery plan for Network Evolution – Data Services Provider

On 29 January 2021, the DCC was Directed by BEIS to produce an implementation plan for the Data Services Provider (DSP). This consultation is intended to inform stakeholders of DCC’s planned activity in relation to the DSP Procurement activities.

The Network Evolution Programme (NEP) is a DCC initiative geared towards defining and delivering the organisation’s future operating capability and includes the Data Services Provider programme.

The objective of this programme is to design and procure data services which enable continuity of service beyond the lifetime of the existing services, whilst meeting customers evolving business needs and exploring use of new technology to deliver better value for our customers.

Who should respond?

  • DCC Users.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 5pm 8 October 2021.

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Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) Scheme Consultations

Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) Scheme Scope Review Consultation

This consultation seeks views from industry about the scope of the Smart Meter Device Assurance (SMDA) Scheme. It focuses on:

  1. The proposed changes to the scope of testing for SMDA from Network Operators;
  2. The testing of Communications Hubs by SMDA; and
  3. Whether SEC Parties would be interested in add-on validation services available by the SMDA Test House.

Who should respond?

  • Those interested in SMDA / all SEC Parties.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact SMDASO@Gemserv.com by 5pm on 1 October 2021.

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Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) Consultations

 

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