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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.

Beyond Off Street – Smart Meter EV Charging Project, Invitation to Tender

11 March 2020

On 6 March 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a new project: “Beyond Off Street – Smart Meter EV Charging”.

This project aims to innovate around the use of smart metering to design, test, manufacture and trial an Electric Vehicle (EV) chargepoint device that can perform smart charging in a context beyond the existing smart meter roll out scope. Target contexts are on-street charging outside the home, and workplace charging. Other contexts will be considered as long as they are outside the existing smart meter roll out scope of homes and microbusinesses.

The long-term EV smart charging solution needs to meet four policy objectives:

  • grid protection (including cyber security);
  • consumer protection (including interoperability and data privacy);
  • innovation; and
  • consumer uptake (of both EVs and smart chargepoints).

 

In the electric vehicle smart charging consultation published in summer 2019, the Government has proposed the smart metering system as the lead option for EV smart charging, based on its established ability to deliver load control in a way which minimises risks to consumers and the wider electricity system. This project aims to show that smart metering can perform smart charging in a range of contexts, beyond the existing smart meter roll out scope.

Details of how to get involved in developing smart meter-enabled electric vehicle charging points for on-street and workplace charging, and the ITT, can be found on the Contracts Finder website here (search for: “Beyond Off Street”).

You can register your interest in this project by emailing smartmeterspmo@beis.gov.uk with “Beyond Off Street” in the subject line.

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

Approval of the addition of SMETS1 DMCs to the EPCL for DCC SMETS1 services

21 February 2020

On 21 February 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 the first Active installations to the EPCL for DMCs relating to Elster meters. 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 approval letter and associated annex can be found here.

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.

BEIS notification of a typographical error in the existing Eligible Product Combination List entries

Today, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a letter notifying a correction to the description of hardware versions of the Electricity Smart Metering Equipment (ESME) Device Models in the Eligible Product Combinations List (EPCL) entry approvals, to support future Migrations.

BEIS has now approved the addition of Device Model Combinations (DMCs) to the EPCL, pursuant to clause 3.7 of SEC Appendix AL ‘SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document’.

  • The letter and accompanying annex 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.

SEC Version 6.22 Designated

13 December 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has approved the addition of the next Device Model Combinations (DMCs) to the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS)1 Eligible Product Combination List (EPCL).

This includes the addition of the first Active installations to the EPCL and the first DMCs relating to Elster meters. The addition of these new DMCs will enable the migration of these devices to the DCC system and use of SMETS1 services by DCC Users. In doing so this will allow Energy Suppliers to bring back Smart Services for those customers who have lost them and enable them to retain services on Change of Supplier.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

  • Appendix J ‘Enduring Testing Approach Document’
  • Appendix AM ‘SMETS1 Supporting Requirements’

 

Where can I find further information?

  • The re-designation direction and associated documents, including the redlined changes to Appendix J and Appendix AM, can be found here.
  • You can download a zip folder containing SEC v6.22 here, or download the individual sections of the SEC from the SEC and Guidance Documents page of our website.
  • If you have any questions or would like to discuss these changes to the SEC further, please contact us at 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.