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SEC v38.0 implemented to support the DCC SMETS1 service

14 June 2021

An updated version of the SEC came into effect today, 14 June 2021, to implement a designation made by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This includes an update to the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) 1 Transition and Migration Approach Document (TMAD) to reflect DCC’s contract with Secure SMSO Limited (company number 10611361) moving to Secure Meters (UK) Limited (company number 02199653).

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

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

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

 

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.

For Information: SEC v36.0 implemented to support the DCC SMETS1 service

30 March 2021

An updated version of the SEC came into effect today, 30 March 2021, to implement a designation made by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This includes regulatory amendments to support the introduction of further changes to the Data Communications Company (DCC) solution to better support the enrolment and subsequent operation of Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) 1 meters on the DCC’s network.

The BEIS designation letter and accompanying annexes, including the redlining 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’

 

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 v35.0 implemented to support the DCC SMETS1 service

26 February 2021

SEC version 35.0 comes into effect on Sunday 28 February 2021 to implement a designation made by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This includes regulatory amendments to enable the migration of currently blocked Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 1 (SMETS1) Installations, allowing energy Suppliers to restore smart metering services to consumers.

This designation also includes changes in support of SMETS1 Final Operating Capability (FOC) go-live. At this time, the conditions set by the SEC Panel in their meeting of 12 February 2021 had not been met to allow Eligible Product Combination List (EPCL) decisions to be made. Therefore, the Device Model Combinations (DMCs) will not be approved by Government for inclusion in this Designation. However, Government did not consider this to be a good reason to delay the (re) direction of the documents on 28 February 2021, for future use.

The BEIS designation letter and accompanying annexes, including the redlining 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’
  • SEC Appendix AP ‘FOC S1SPKI Certificate Policy’

 

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 v32.0 implemented to clarify Electricity Smart Meter and Gas Smart Meter definitions in SEC Section A

22 January 2021

An updated version of the SEC came into effect today, 22 January 2021, to implement a modification to SEC Section A ‘Definitions and Interpretation’ made by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Changes to the definitions of Electricity Smart Meter and Gas Smart Meter in the Section A have been made to clarify that Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 1 (SMETS1) Meters installed after the Installation Validity Period (IVP) Date are treated as Electricity and Gas Smart Meters under the SEC.

 

Other Licence changes

The Secretary of State has also made changes to the following Licences:

  • Standard Conditions of Electricity and Gas Supply Licenses
  • Standard Conditions of Electricity Distribution Licences
  • Standard Conditions of Gas Transporters Licences
  • The Smart Meter Communication Licences

More information on all of these changes can be found on our latest news page, which contains the BEIS response and conclusions.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

  • SEC Appendix A ‘Definitions and Interpretation’

 

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.

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.

SEC v29.0 implemented to extend the SMETS1 TMAD expiry date

21 December 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 21 December 2020 to implement a modification to SEC Appendix AL ‘SMETS1 Transition and Migration Approach Document’ (SMETS1 TMAD) made by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This is to extend SMETS1 TMAD expiry date from 31 December 2020 to 31 December 2021 to align with the regulatory backstop for all eligible Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 1 (SMETS1) meters to be enrolled or replaced with SMETS2+ meters.

The BEIS designation letter and accompanying annexes, which include the redlining, can be found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

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

 

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 v28.0 implemented to support the DCC SMETS1 service

4 December 2020

An updated version of the SEC came into effect on 4 December 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 Technical Specifications (SMETS) 1 service. Amendments have been made to SEC Appendix AM ‘SMETS1 Supporting Requirements’ (S1SR).

The amendments included changes to Clause 18 of the S1SR to describe Device specific behaviours for Initial Operating Capability (IOC) Aclara Devices related to a workaround for Devices with Auxiliary Load Control functionality. Additionally, amendments have been made to describe Device specific behaviours for Middle Operating Capability (MOC) Secure Devices

The BEIS designation letter and accompanying annexes which include the redlining can be found here.

 

SMETS1 EPCL 8 Approval Decision

Today, 4 December 2020, BEIS also approved the addition of the next Device Model Combinations (DMCs) to the SMETS1 Eligible Product Combination List (EPCL) following EPCL Report 8. The BEIS SMETS1 EPCL 8 Approval Decision can be found here.

 

What parts of the SEC were affected?

  • SEC Appendix AM ‘SMETS1 Supporting Requirements’

 

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 Response to Consultation on matters relating to the BEIS elements of the November 2020 SEC Release

27 November 2020

Today the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a response to its consultation of 23 October 2020. This consulted on the date for BEIS’ designations and re-designations to align with the November 2020 SEC Release, and on additional corrections to Smart Energy Code (SEC) Technical Specifications and Subsidiary Documents (SSDs) that BEIS proposed to designate or re-designate for inclusion into the SEC in the November 2020 SEC Release.

Please note that many of the documents that are being introduced by BEIS are being immediately further modified by SEC Modifications. Please refer to our news page here to see the final versions of these documents.

The BEIS changes to SSDs are needed to support relevant changes to energy licences and the main body of the SEC that BEIS has previously consulted and concluded on. These comprise changes to support the addition of Auxiliary Proportional Controller functionality and XML signing Certificates functionality. Included within the consultation response are directions to designate/re-designate SEC Technical Specifications and SSDs for BEIS-directed changes in the November 2020 SEC Release and to bring into effect a modification to SEC Section L3.18 that was suspended by BEIS’ X3.1 Direction of 18 September 2020. The purpose of this suspension was to prevent the issuing of XML signing Certificates until functionality to support them is introduced as part of the November 2020 SEC Release.

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

 

What parts of the SEC will be (re)designated on 29 November 2020?

(Re)designations to support the introduction of Auxiliary Proportional Controller functionality:

  • SEC Schedule 8 ‘Great Britain Companion Specification v4.0’ (BEIS only version)
  • SEC Schedule 9 ‘Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications 2 – 29 November 2020’ (BEIS only version)
  • SEC Schedule 10 ‘Communications Hub Technical Specifications v1.4’
  • SEC Schedule 11 ‘TS Applicability Tables v9.1’
  • SEC Appendix E ‘User Interface Service Schedules v3.1’
  • SEC Appendix AB ‘Service Request Processing Document v5.0’
  • SEC Appendix AC ‘Inventory Enrolment and Decommissioning Procedures v3.0’
  • SEC Appendix AD ‘DCC User Interface Specification v4.0’ (BEIS only version)
  • SEC Appendix AF ‘Message Mapping Catalogue v4.0’ (BEIS only version)

 

(Re)designations to support the introduction of XML signing Certificates functionality:

  • SEC Appendix B ‘Organisation Certificate Policy v2.1’
  • SEC Appendix D ‘SMKI Registration Authority Policies and Procedures v2.1’
  • SEC Appendix M ‘SMKI Interface Design Specification v3.0’
  • SEC Appendix O ‘SMKI Repository Interface Design Specification v3.0’

 

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 Modcast – 26 Nov 2020: Your regular update on SEC Change

26 November 2020

We have now released the next episode of our SEC Modcast, providing an update on the key activities taking place regarding SEC modifications and releases and what you should look out for in the next week or so.

In this episode we cover a new Draft Proposal, the Change Sub Committee & the Change Board outcomes this week and the information on a new version of the SEC which came into effect last week. We also have a reminder that a November 2020 SEC Release Modcast will be released soon.

Listen to the Modcast: SEC Modcast - 26 Nov 2020

  • New Draft Proposal 
  • Change Sub Committee outcomes
  • Change Board outcomes 
  • SEC Designation 
    • To find more information on the new version of the SEC, please click here.

SEC Modcast – 19 Nov 2020: Your regular update on SEC Change

19 November 2020

We have now released the next episode of our SEC Modcast, providing an update on the key activities taking place regarding SEC modifications and releases and what you should look out for in the next week or so.

In this episode we cover some newly published consultations, the upcoming items for the Change Sub Committee & the Change Board next week and the information on a new version of the SEC which came into effect last week.

Listen to the Modcast: SEC Modcast - 19 Nov 2020

  • New Consultations Published 
  • Upcoming Change Sub Committee items
  • Upcoming Change Board items 
  • SEC Designation 
    • To find more information on the new version of the SEC, please click here.
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