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BEIS government response to consultation on Code and Licence Changes

26 March 2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today published conclusions to:

  • Proposals for changes to the Data Communications Company (DCC) Charging Methodology to modify the way that the DCC will charge for its services from April 2021, as set out in the 16 September 2019 consultation on the Smart Metering Policy Framework post 2020.
  • The 14 January 2020 consultation on a number of matters that require amendments to the standard conditions of gas and electricity supply licences, the DCC licence and the Smart Energy Code (SEC), the Uniform Network Code (UNC) and the Master Registration Agreement (MRA).

 

Following consideration of stakeholder responses, BEIS has now published its conclusions and has laid the instrument making the regulatory changes to the main body of the SEC, the energy supply and DCC licence conditions, the UNC and MRA before Parliament, in line with the procedure under Section 89 of the Energy Act 2008.

  • The government response letter and associated documents can be found here.
  • An explanatory memorandum and instrument laid before Parliament can be found here.

 

If you have any questions, please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.

BEIS Consultation on Separation of ECoS Systems from other DCC Systems

Today, the Department for the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation on proposals that set out the extent to which Enduring Change of Supplier (ECoS) Systems should be separated from other Data Communications Company (DCC) Systems. The ECoS arrangements are changes to the process that the DCC follows when a consumer changes energy supplier and the new supplier seeks to take over control of the Smart Meter and other Devices in the consumer premises. They will replace the existing “Transitional Change of Supplier” arrangements that were originally implemented and which were intended to be temporary.

At this stage, BEIS is consulting only on the proposed policy approach to separation in order to advise the DCC’s procurement process. A consultation on the actual SEC changes to support ECoS will take place later, once more detail of the ECoS design is finalised.

The consultation document can be found here.

 

How can I respond to this consultation?

Please send your responses or any enquiries to smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.

The deadline for responses to this consultation is 5pm on Thursday 7 May 2020.

BEIS consultation on re-designation date of the Transition and Migration Approach Document to support the DCC’s SMETS1 service

18 February 2020

On the 18 February the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a consultation on dates to incorporate a new version of Appendix AL ‘SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document’ (TMAD) into the Smart Energy Code (SEC). This is to support the enrolment of first generation smart meter devices in the national smart meter communications network managed by the Data Communications Company (DCC).

Comments on this proposal should be submitted by 17.00 Friday 6 March 2020 to smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.

 

  • The consultation documents can be found here.

BEIS Response to Consultation on the GBCS and the CHTS changes for proportional load control

3 February 2020

On 28 October 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation on the Great Britain Companion Specification (GBCS) and the Communications Hub Technical Specifications (CHTS) changes associated with the implementation of proportional load control.

 

Consultation response

The BEIS response, published today (3 February 2020), states that BEIS has baselined the technical documents associated with the proposed changes and to formally request the Data Communications Company (DCC) to initiate making the required changes to its systems for implementation in the November 2020 SEC Release.

  • The consultation response letter and associated annexes which are embedded within the letter, can be found here.
  • The clean versions of newly baselined technical documents can be found on our Developing SEC page here.

 

If you have any questions, please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.

BEIS response to September 2019 consultation on proposed amendments to the SEC and the DCC Licence

16 January 2020

On 11 September 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation seeking stakeholder views on proposed changes to the Smart Energy Code (SEC) and the Data Communications Company (DCC) Licence. The intent of these changes is largely to facilitate the continued enrolment of Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 1 (SMETS1) smart meters into the DCC network. There are also some other miscellaneous smart metering-related changes.

Following consideration of stakeholder responses, BEIS has now published its conclusions and has laid the regulatory changes to the main body of the SEC and the energy supply licence conditions before Parliament, in line with the procedure under section 89 of the Energy Act 2008.

  • The government response letter and associated documents can be found here.
  • An explanatory memorandum and SEC legal text can be found here.

 

If you have any questions, please contact smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.

Consultation on changes to Standard Conditions of Gas and Electricity Supply Licences, conditions of the DCC Licence, the SEC, the UNC and the MRA

14 January 2020

On 14 January 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a consultation on a number of matters that require amendments to the standard conditions of gas and electricity supply licences, the DCC licence and the Smart Energy Code (SEC), the Uniform Network Code (UNC) and the Master Registration Agreement (MRA).

  • The consultation letter and accompanying annexes can be found here.

 

Why are BEIS consulting?

This consultation seeks stakeholders’ views on a number of proposals that require amendments to the standard conditions of gas and electricity supply licences, the DCC licence and the SEC, the UNC and the MRA.

More specifically, the changes proposed by this consultation are:

  • changes to the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification 1 (SMETS1) enrolment obligations in energy suppliers’ licence conditions;
  • changes to split the SMETS into individual device specifications so that version numbering and validity dates can be applied to each Device type;
  • associated changes to provide for an “incompatibility matrix” rather than the existing “compatibility matrix”;
  • changes to the definition of Completion of Implementation in the DCC licence to align with proposed changes to the SEC;
  • changes to SEC Section G ‘Security’ to clarify the circumstances in which DCC must use Cryptographic Modules and when it must set Anomaly Detection Thresholds;
  • changes to the UNC and MRA to provide for DCC to receive additional information on the number of Advanced Meters each supplier has installed in support of proposed changes to the DCC charging methodology;
  • changes to introduce a new type of SMKI Organisation Certificate, that of “XML signing”;
  • changes to ensure that the submission of an Exempt Premises List for Alt HAN is optional for energy suppliers and that the provision of Alt HAN Services can commence prior to one being in place;
  • changes to introduce a temporary period of time during which the DCC may be required to submit a business case to the Secretary of State for approval prior to procuring any new or amended Relevant Service Capability, and to clarify that spare Relevant Service Capability should not be procured for the purposes of the Permitted Business; and
  • a number of minor corrections to the SEC.

Subject to consideration of consultation responses and completion of the appropriate parliamentary process, the changes to licence and code provisions will be introduced using the Secretary of State’s Section 88 Energy Act 2008 powers.

 

How can I respond to this consultation?

Please send your responses or any enquiries to smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.

Or

Smart Metering Implementation Programme – Regulation
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,
2nd floor,
1 Victoria Street,
London,
SW1H 0ET

The deadline for responses to this consultation is 10am on 18 February 2020.

BEIS consultation on re-designation date of SEC Subsidiary Documents to support the DCC’s SMETS1 service

26 November 2019

Today, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have issued a consultation on re-designating new versions of the SEC Subsidiary Documents (SSDs). These SSDs support the enrolment and operation of SMETS1 devices in the Data Communications Company’s (DCC’s) national communications network. This will support the interoperability of these devices when consumers change energy supplier.

 

Where can I find more information?

  • The consultation letter and accompanying Annexes can be found here.
  • Furthermore, the updated SMETS1 Testing Baseline Requirements Document (TBRD) can be found on our Developing SEC page here.

 

How can I respond to this consultation?

Comments on this proposal should be submitted by 17:00 on 4 December 2019 to smartmetering@beis.gov.uk;

Or

Smart Metering Implementation Programme – Regulation
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

BEIS SMIP: Consultation Response and Direction on changes to the TSAT with respect to end-dates regarding CHTS v1.0 and v1.1

17 October 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) concludes the consultation on proposed changes to Schedule 11 ‘Technical Specification Applicability Tables’ (TSAT). The changes being made are to the Installation Validity Period (IVP) and Maintenance Validity Period (MVP) end-dates for SEC Schedule 10 ‘Communications Hub Technical Specifications’ (CHTS) v1.0 and v1.1.

Responding to the consultation, the Secretary of State issues the direction to re-designate SEC Schedule 11 ‘Technical Specification Applicability Tables’ on 18 October 2019 (or soon after).

The response letter and direction can be found here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please email smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.

Consultation on changes to the SEC TS Applicability Tables with respect to End Dates including for Communications Hub Technical Specifications v1.0 and v1.1

20 September 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a consultation on proposed changes to SEC Schedule 11 ‘Technical Specification Applicability Tables’ (TSAT).  The changes proposed are to the Installation Validity Period (IVP) and Maintenance Validity Period (MVP) end-dates for the ‘Communications Hub Technical Specifications (CHTS)’ v1.0 and v1.1.

This is as a consequence of industry’s agreement to include both CHTS v1.1 and CHTS v1.3 compatible Communications Hub availability, with new and amended milestones, on the Joint Industry Plan (JIP).

The consultation letter also proposes the timing for re-designation of the TSAT in the Smart Energy Code (SEC).

  • The consultation letter can be found here.

 

How can I respond to this consultation?

Comments on this proposal should be submitted by 17:00 on 11 October 2019 to smartmetering@beis.gov.uk;

Or

Smart Metering Implementation Programme
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,
2nd floor,
1 Victoria Street,
London,
SW1H 0ET

Government Response to Consultation on directing the DCC to plan for the Design, Development and Implementation of Smart Metering ECoS arrangements

17 September 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the Government response to the consultation that ran between 30 May and 27 June 2019.  The original consultation proposed to direct the Data Communications Company (DCC) to provide Enduring Change of Supplier (ECoS) arrangements for smart meters (SMETS2 and enrolled SMETS1 smart meters).

BEIS has directed the DCC under the DCC Licence Condition 13A to plan for the design, development and implementation of the systems, processes and procedures to deliver, migrate to and operate the ECoS2 solution.

  • The consultation response cover letter and Annex (Response Document) can be found here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please email smartmetering@beis.gov.uk.