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BEIS Consultation Response on Changes to the SEC for the ECoS and Certain Security Provisions, and Direction to Re-Designate the SMKI Interface Design Specification

15 June 2021

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a response to its consultation of 1 April 2021. The response includes conclusions on proposed changes to the SEC for the Enduring Change of Supplier (ECoS) Arrangements and for certain security provisions.

In addition, BEIS has directed the re-designation of the Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) Interface Design Specification (SMKI IDS) to simplify the process by which Certificate Signing Requests can be submitted by those accessing the SMKI service over the internet. This designation will take effect from 16 June 2021.

  • The covering letter and the response document (Annex B) can be found here.
  • Annex A to the covering letter – the revised version of the SMKI IDS can be found here.
  • Appendices 1-4 of Annex B can be found here.

 

Where can I find further information?

If you have any questions, you can call the SECAS Helpdesk at 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

SEC v30.0 implemented to align the UISS Target Response Times across SMETS2+ and enrolled SMETS1 Device Models

13 January 2021

An updated version of the SEC came into effect today, 13 January 2021, to implement a modification to SEC Appendix E ‘DCC User Interface Services Schedule’ (UISS) made by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This is to align the Target Response Times within the UISS across Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 2+ (SMETS2+) and enrolled SMETS1 Device Models.

Paragraph 3 of the UISS previously restricted the Target Response Times for Scheduled Services to SMETS2+ Devices only. This restriction has been removed, making the Target Response Times applicable to SMETS1 and SMETS2+ Devices, thereby making sure that the regulatory framework reflects the system behaviour.

The accompanying documents can be found via the following links:

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

  • SEC Appendix E ‘DCC User Interface Services Schedule’

 

Where can I access the redlining?

The redlined changes to this Appendix can be found on CodeWorks via the links below:

 

Our Document Log lists the versions of each SEC document now in effect following this release.

You can download the individual SEC documents from the SEC and Supporting Documents section of our website or via CodeWorks.

 

Where can I find further information?

If you have any questions, you can call the SECAS Helpdesk at 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

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

21 July 2020

Today the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 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.

The consultation letter and accompanying annexes 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 Tuesday 18 August 2020.

 

DCC consultation on revised LC13 plan

In parallel, the Data Communications Company (DCC) is consulting on a revised LC13 plan for Release 2.0 which can (as of the date of publication) be found here. Please note that the DCC consultation has a two-week period, and responses are due by 4pm on Thursday 30 July.

Please send your responses or any enquiries to consultations@smartdcc.co.uk.

BEIS Consultation on BMPPA Scheme for ECoS

9 July 2020

Today the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 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 that are used to secure the processing of Service Requests to transfer control of smart metering devices to the incoming supplier on a CoS event.

The consultation letter and accompanying annexes 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 Friday 14 August 2020.

SEC designation implemented

15 June 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 15 June 2020 to implement a designation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This is to support the Data Communications Company (DCC) Smart Metering Equipment Specifications 1 (SMETS1) service.

The BEIS designation letter and accompanying annexes can be found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

  • SEC Appendix AL ‘SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document’

 

The redlined changes for SEC Appendix AL can be found here.

Our Document Log lists the versions of each SEC document now in effect following this release.

You can download the individual SEC documents from the SEC and Supporting Documents section of our website or via CodeWorks.

 

Where can I find further information?

If you have any questions, you can call the SECAS Helpdesk at 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

SEC designation implemented

11 June 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 10 June 2020 to implement a designation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), whereby the Minister signed into effect the legal changes laid in parliament on 23 March. This made a number of changes to the SEC, Licences and other Codes.

The changes are detailed in BEIS’s 26 March 2020 consultation which can be found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

The following part of the SEC was affected:

  • Section A ‘Definitions and Interpretation’
  • Section E ‘Registration Data’
  • Section G ‘Security’
  • Section K ‘Charging Methodology’
  • Section L ‘Smart Metering Key Infrastructure and DCC Key Infrastructure’

 

Where can I access the redlining?

The redlined changes to these Section can be found on CodeWorks via the links below:

 

Our Document Log lists the versions of each SEC document now in effect following this release.

You can download the individual SEC documents from the SEC and Supporting Documents section of our website or via CodeWorks.

 

Where can I find further information?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the changes to the SEC further, please call 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

BEIS Consultation Response: Separation of ECoS Systems from other DCC Systems

8 June 2020

Today, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation response to the 26 March consultation on the 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.

The government response letter can be found here.

 

Where can I find further information?

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

BEIS approval of SMETS1 Device Model Combinations to the Eligible Product Combination List for DCC SMETS1 Services

16 April 2020

Today, 16 April 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) approved the addition of the next Device Model Combinations (DMCs) to the SMETS1 Eligible Product Combination List (EPCL).

This includes the addition of further dormant Itron and Elster DMCs. The addition of these new DMCs will enable the migration of these devices to the Data Communications Company (DCC) System and use of SMETS1 services by DCC Users.

The BEIS approval letter can be found here.

BEIS Consultation on the DCC’s provision of an enrolment service for EDMI SMETS1 meters; changes to DCC, Electricity and Gas Supply Licence Conditions; and changes to the SEC, BSC and UNC

6 April 2020

On 6 April 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a consultation on whether the Data Communications Company (DCC) should be required to provide an enrolment service for first generation (SMETS1) EDMI smart meters, as well as 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 Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) and the Uniform Network Code (UNC).

The consultation letter and accompanying annexes can be found here.

 

Why is BEIS consulting?

This consultation seeks stakeholders’ views on whether the DCC should be required to provide an enrolment service for first generation (SMETS1) EDMI smart meters.

It also proposes regulatory amendments on five separate topics related to the implementation of the Smart Metering Implementation Programme. These changes relate to the electricity and gas supply licences, the DCC licence, the SEC, the BSC and the UNC. The five areas of regulatory change proposed are to:

  • amend SEC security obligations on the DCC in relation to Telefonica as a SMETS1 Communications Service Provider (CSP).
  • change the electricity and gas supply licences, DCC licence and the SEC to support standalone auxiliary proportional controllers (SAPCs) (and associated changes relating to sub-meters) within the smart metering arrangements.
  • change the SEC, the BSC, and the UNC (and the Independent Gas Transporters Uniform Network Code (IGT UNC)) to support the inclusion of registration data identifiers with XML signing certificates.
  • change the way that Explicit Charges for Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN) Equipment are set out in the SEC to ensure that the charging arrangements are consistent with stated BEIS policy.
  • make a minor correction to SEC Section L3.18(b).

 

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.

The deadline for responses to this consultation is 5pm on Monday 11 May 2020

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.

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