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DP173 ‘Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) & DCC Key Infrastructure (DCCKI) Document Set reviews’ Legal text consultation

DP173 ‘Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) & DCC Key Infrastructure (DCCKI) Document Set reviews’

The SMKI PMA has carried out a review of the SMKI and Data Communications Company (DCC) Key Infrastructure (DCCKI) Document Sets as required by Smart Energy Code (SEC) Section L ‘Smart Metering Key Infrastructure and DCC Key Infrastructure’ (paragraph 1.17). It has identified housekeeping changes and general improvements that need to be made due to updated SEC versions since 2014 that have not been fully or accurately reflected in the extensive SMKI Document Set.

In addition, the review identified a number of inconsistencies, omissions and improved drafting needed between different parts of the SEC together with standards that need to be amended. This is because they have been superseded or discontinued. Lastly, it has been identified that the SMKI Recovery processes require greater clarity for Subscribers.

Who should respond?

  • All SEC Parties.

Related Documents

Please find the Modification Report, Recommendations and draft legal text.

How to respond

Please send your comments to sec.change@gemserv.com by email with the title ‘DP173 legal text views’ by 5pm on 12 November 2021.

DCC consultation on designation of the SMETS1 Supporting Requirement in support of Uplift 2.2 (Closing Date: 26 October 2021)

DCC consultation on designation of the SMETS1 Supporting Requirement in support of Uplift 2.2

On 27 July 2021 and 14 September 2021, the DCC consulted on proposed changes to the SMETS1 Supporting Requirement in support of Uplift 2.2 for Final Operating Capability (FOC). The DCC is consulting on a proposed designation date of 3 November 2021 for these changes.

Who should respond?

  • Those interested in the SMETS1 Uplift.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm on 26 October 2021.

Parse and Correlation Consultation (Closing Date: 5 November 2021)

Parse and Correlation Consultation

Due to the approaching end of support of a Parse and Correlate software component, the DCC is seeking views on uplifting the software component (Oracle Java) to a newer version.

Who should respond?

  • Those interested in the Parse and Correlation process.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 5pm on 5 November 2021.

June 2022 SEC Release Testing Approach Document (Closing Date: 27 October 2021)

June 2022 SEC Release Testing Approach Document

The DCC has published a consultation on the draft Testing Approach Document for the June 2022 SEC Release. The document defines the approach to testing changes to DCC Systems which arise as a result of a SEC Release.

Who should respond?

  • Those interested in the Testing Approach Document and the June 2022 SEC Release.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 5pm on 27 October 2021.

SEC Subsidiary Document Changes for Enduring Change of Supplier (ECoS) Arrangements (Closing Date: 5 November 2021)

SEC Subsidiary Document Changes for Enduring Change of Supplier Arrangements

This consultation seeks stakeholder views on proposed changes to the following SEC Subsidiary Documents required for the Enduring Change of Supplier (ECoS) arrangements:

  • DCC User Interface Services Schedule (Appendix E)
  • Threshold Anomaly Detection Procedures (Appendix AA)
  • Service Request Processing Document (Appendix AB)
  • Inventory Enrolment and Decommissioning Procedures (Appendix AC)
  • DCC User Interface Specification (Appendix AD).

Who should respond?

  • Supplier SEC Parties.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please answer the consultation questions on pages 12 – 13 of the consultation document and contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm on 5 November 2021. The DCC requires responses to Question 2 of this consultation (regarding the ETMAD) by 4pm on 13 October 2021.

DP178 Removing DSP validation against the SMI join status for SR8.8.x (Closing Date: 26 August 2021)

DP178 Removing DSP validation against the SMI join status for SR8.8.x

An issue has been brought to the DCC’s attention whereby the on-site Device Installation and Commission (I&C) process fails when the Data Service Provider (DSP) does not receive successful messages for joins of Service Reference Variants (SRVs) 8.7.x. This prevents the Service User from being able to send an Unjoin command as the business validation on the SRV 8.8.1 ‘Unjoin Service (Critical)’ or 8.8.2 ‘Unjoin Service (Non-Critical)’ commands check that a Device is joined to the Smart Metering Inventory (SMI) to allow it to be un-joined. This results in Devices failing the I&C process which must then be fixed by manually updating the SMI database at a cost of £2,000 per correction.

Who should respond?

  • Large Suppliers.
  • Small Suppliers.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘DP178 Removing DSP validation against the SMI join status for SR.8.8.x RFI Response’ by 5pm 26 August 2021.

MP104 Security Improvements (Closing Date: 16 August 2021)

MP104 Security Improvements

Data Communications Company (DCC) Users are required to Digitally Sign XML format Service Requests and Signed Pre-Commands with a User Role Signing Private Key. That Key must be a separate dedicated Key that must not be used for communication with Devices. The Security Sub-Committee (SSC) is concerned that Keys could be used incorrectly. However, without the means to validate the use of separate Keys, there is no way to monitor if or how frequently this occurs and no way to advise Users to enable them to ensure they are compliant with the Smart Energy Code (SEC).

The solution is to implement a DCC validation check to identify if this is occurring and, if necessary, work with DCC Users to ensure compliance.

Who should respond?

  • All DCC Users.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here (you will need to be logged in to access).

How to respond

Please use the response template and contact sec.change@gemserv.com with the subject line ‘MP104 Modification consultation response’ by 5pm on 16 August 2021.

34. How do I receive invitations to and register to attend SECAS webinars?

All SEC Parties can contact secas@gemserv.com to subscribe to the SEC Parties mailing list to be kept updated on all future SECAS webinars.

Links to upcoming SECAS webinars can be found here. Logged in SEC Parties can access the presentation slides and video recordings of previous webinars here.

If there are any topics which you believe should be presented at future webinars, please contact secas@gemserv.com.

33. How can I make sure that I am complying with the SEC Credit Cover obligations?

Please read the SECAS Credit Cover Guidance which provides an explanation of the SEC Credit Cover requirements in Plain English, and provides helpful worked examples. The SEC Credit Cover obligations are set out in SEC Section J3. It is important that your Party complies with these obligations to avoid entering into an Event of Default of the SEC. If you are unsure whether you are paying the right amount, you can contact the DCC Service Desk.

DCC Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) 2021 Testing Plan V1.0 (Closing Date: 7 December 2020)

DCC Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) 2021 Testing Plan V1.0

This consultation seeks the views of SEC Parties and the Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC) on the 2021 BCDR plan which is expected to result in disruption to DCC Services.

Who should respond?

  • SEC Parties and the TABASC.

Related Documents

Please find the consultation document here.

How to respond

Please contact consultations@smartdcc.co.uk by 4pm 7 December 2020.

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