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SEC designation implemented in support of the November 2020 SEC Release

7 October 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 7 October 2020 to implement a designation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in support of the November 2020 SEC Release.

 

Background

In July 2020, the Data Communications Company (DCC) consulted upon proposed amendments to the SEC Subsidiary Documents (SSDs) that are required to support the November 2020 SEC Release, which includes BEIS directed changes.

The introduction of Additional SR Testing removes the requirement for specific UEPT-type arrangements for DCC functional releases, some of which were contained in the Common Test Scenarios Document (CTSD) itself, and some of which were set out as requirements for Eligibility Testing in the SMETS1 User Testing Services Approach Document (UTSAD), which is a document created under the SEC Variation Testing Approach Document (SVTAD) for SMETS1 Services.

Consequently, in August 2020, the DCC then consulted upon the proposal to remove the UTSAD under the SMETS1 SVTAD and make further consequential changes to the ETAD.

On 29 September 2020, the Data Communications Company (DCC) provided BEIS with its conclusion reports for both consultations and its final proposed changes to the CTSD, ETAD and SVTAD for SMETS1 Services. Having considered the DCC submission, BEIS is today designating new versions of the CTSD, ETAD and SVTAD for SMETS1 Services for incorporation into the SEC.

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

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

 

Where can I access the redlining?

The redlined changes to Appendix J and Appendix AK can be found on CodeWorks via the links below:

 

The redlined changes to Appendix R can be found can be found here. These will be available on CodeWorks shortly.

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

25 September 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 25 September 2020 to implement a designation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This is to support the Data Communications Company’s (DCC’s) Smart Metering Equipment Specifications 1 (SMETS1) service and the smart metering rollout more generally.

The BEIS designation letter and accompanying annexes, including the redlined changes, can be found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

 

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

SEC designation implemented & BEIS consultation response

18 September 2020

An updated version of the SEC has been published to implement a designation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Device Level Versioning

BEIS published a response to its consultation of 18 June 2020 on changes to the SEC Technical Specifications and Subsidiary Documents that it proposed to designate or re-designate for inclusion into the SEC. It proposed including these changes in September 2020 (including to give effect to Device Level Versioning) and November 2020 alongside the November 2020 SEC Release. These changes are needed to support relevant changes to energy licences and the main body of the SEC that BEIS has previously consulted and concluded on. Included with the consultation response are directions to (re)designate relevant Subsidiary Documents on 19 September 2020 and to suspend elements of the variations to Section L such that they do not take immediate effect on 19 September.

The BEIS consultation response and accompanying annexes can be found here.

 

XML signing Certificates

Extensible Markup Language (XML) signing Certificates have also been introduced to the SEC.

A Direction has been made by the Secretary of State under the provision in SEC Section X3.1 meaning these changes will not come into effect until 29 November 2020 (November 2020 SEC Release).

More information on this Direction can be found in Annex B found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

 

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

SEC designation implemented

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a designation that was effective from the 17 September 2020. This is to support the Data Communications Company’s (DCC’s) Smart Metering Equipment Specifications 1 (SMETS1) service and the smart metering rollout more generally. These changes were incorporated into the SEC on 18 September 2020.

The BEIS designation letter and accompanying annexes, including the redlined changes, can be found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

 

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

31 July 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 31 July 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?

 

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

SEC designation implemented

24 July 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 24 July 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’
  • SEC Appendix AM ‘SMETS1 Supporting Requirements’

 

The redlined changes for both documents 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

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:

 

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.

June 2020 SEC Release implemented

6 May 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 6 May 2020 to implement two modifications as part of the June 2020 SEC Release and a BEIS designation. A further update was made on 7 May 2020 to implement a third modification.

 

What modifications were implemented?

This SEC Release implemented the following modifications on 6 May 2020:

 

A second update was made on 7 May 2020 to implement the following modification:

 

BEIS Designation in support of the DCC’s SMETS1 Core 1.1 Uplift

On 6 May, BEIS issued the Government’s response to a consultation and the resulting direction on a designation date for new versions of SEC Appendix AL ‘SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document’ (TMAD) and Appendix AM ‘SMETS1 Supporting Requirements’ (S1SR) in support of the DCC’s SMETS1 Core 1.1 Uplift. This uplift introduces amendments to the migration approach and S1SR documentation that unlock barriers to migration of devices in certain circumstances.

The government letter, associated annexes and redlining to these documents can be found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

The following parts of the SEC have been updated:

 

Where can I access the redlining?

The redlined changes to Sections H and Z can be found on CodeWorks via the links below:

 

The redlined changes to Appendix E and Appendix AB 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?

Further information can be found on the June 2020 SEC Release page of our website. If you have any questions, you can call us at 020 7090 7755 or email sec.change@gemserv.com.

SEC designation implemented

13 March 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 13 March 2020 to implement a designation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Approval of SMETS1 DMC onto the EPCL for DCC SMETS1 services

On 13 March 2020, BEIS approved the first Morrisons Data Services (MDS) Device Model Combination (DMC) onto the Eligible Product Combination List (EPCL).

The release is scheduled for 20:00 on Saturday 14 March 2020.

This new Data Communications Company (DCC) functionality will enable the migration of these devices into the DCC System and use of Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 1 (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.

  • The BEIS approval letter can be found here.

 

SSD amendments supporting go live of initial DCC SMETS1 service operating capability

BEIS has issued a Government response to the consultation of 18 February 2020 on amendments to SEC Subsidiary Documents (SSDs) to support the enrolment and operation of SMETS1 devices in the DCC national communications network. BEIS directs the incorporation of a new version of the Transition and Migration Approach Document into the SEC effective from 13 March 2020.

  • The BEIS direction 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.

 

Testing Baseline Requirements Document update

BEIS has also updated the Testing Baseline Requirements Document. It can be found here and on our Developing SEC page.

 

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.

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