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The regulatory framework is undergoing changes to get up to speed on smart meter roll-out. Changes include updating energy licences and codes, for example requiring energy companies to roll-out smart meters. Additional licenseable activity has been introduced including the provision of communication between suppliers and other parties and smart meters in consumer premises. In addition a Smart Energy Code sets outs the rules, rights and obligations of all parties for the new metering obligations.
 
The regulatory framework is undergoing changes to get up to speed on smart meter roll-out. Changes include updating energy licences and codes, for example requiring energy companies to roll-out smart meters. Additional licenseable activity has been introduced including the provision of communication between suppliers and other parties and smart meters in consumer premises. In addition a Smart Energy Code sets outs the rules, rights and obligations of all parties for the new metering obligations.
  
[[File:Smart metering policy timeline.jpg|none|thumb|962x962px|A timeline of the policy leading to smart meter rollout, governing regulation and licensing]]<ref>Energy Act 2008, section 88. Available from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/32/part/5/crossheading/smart-meters. </ref> <ref>HM Government, 2010. The Coalitation: our programme for government, 2010. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/78977/coalition_programme_for_government.pdf. </ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/33/EU, Official Journal of
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[[File:Smart metering policy timeline.jpg|none|thumb|962x962px|A timeline of the policy leading to smart meter rollout, governing regulation and licensing [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]]]<ref>Energy Act 2008, section 88. Available from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/32/part/5/crossheading/smart-meters. </ref> <ref>HM Government, 2010. The Coalitation: our programme for government, 2010. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/78977/coalition_programme_for_government.pdf. </ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/33/EU, Official Journal of
 
the European Journal, available from: <nowiki>http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:327:0001:0013:EN:PDF</nowiki></ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/27/EU. Official Journal of the European Journal. Available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:315:0001:0056:en:PDF. Accessed 15/07/15.</ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2009. Directive 2009/73/EC. Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0094:0136:en:PDF. </ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2009. Directive 2009/72/EC. Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0055:0093:EN:PDF. </ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/27/EU, Official Journal of
 
the European Journal, available from: <nowiki>http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:327:0001:0013:EN:PDF</nowiki></ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/27/EU. Official Journal of the European Journal. Available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:315:0001:0056:en:PDF. Accessed 15/07/15.</ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2009. Directive 2009/73/EC. Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0094:0136:en:PDF. </ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2009. Directive 2009/72/EC. Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0055:0093:EN:PDF. </ref> <ref>EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/27/EU, Official Journal of
 
the European Journal, available from: <nowiki>http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:315:0001:0056:en:PDF</nowiki>.  
 
the European Journal, available from: <nowiki>http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:315:0001:0056:en:PDF</nowiki>.  
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== Licensing of different roles in energy system (supply, distribution, meter operation, access to DCC etc) ==
 
== Licensing of different roles in energy system (supply, distribution, meter operation, access to DCC etc) ==
The transition stage started in September 2013 with the DCC receiving a licence and the contracts awarded to the Data Service Provider (DSP) and the Communications Service Providers (CSP). This coincided with the start was also the launch of the Smart Energy Code (SEC)<ref name=":1" />.
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The transition stage started in September 2013 with the DCC receiving a licence and the contracts awarded to the Data Service Provider (DSP) and the Communications Service Providers (CSP). This coincided with the start was also the launch of the Smart Energy Code (SEC)<ref name=":1" />. The Smart Metering Governance Structure is outlined in the diagram below.
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[[File:Smart metering governance.jpg|thumb|414x414px|Smart Metering Governance structure [10]]]
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* '''Smart Metering Steering Group (SMSG): '''Strategic level of progress. Members include: six main energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; ENA; Energy UK; Consumer Futures; Ofgem; DCC Licensee; SEC Panel; CDB; Critical Friend; DECC SRO and DECC Minister.
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* '''Smart Metering Delivery Group (SMDG): '''Senior level forum DECC can work with to monitor and deliver the programme'''. '''Members: Six large energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; Energy UK; CDB; ENA; DCC Licensee; Ofgem; SEC Panel; metering equipment manufacturers (trade association level). In addition Consumer Futures and the DECC SRO will have a standing invitation to attend.
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* '''Technical and Business Design Group (TBDG): '''A working forum for resolving technical issues, consisting of:''' '''Six large energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; electricity and gas network operators; Energy UK; DCC Licensee; Ofgem; SECAS; energy services providers; metering equipment manufacturers; MAP’s and meter operators (trade association level).
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* '''Implementation Managers Forum (IMF): '''A working group DECC can work with to monitor and review individual contributor projects. Members:''' '''Six large energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; Energy UK; CDB; electricity and gas network operators; DCC Licensee; Ofgem; SECAS; metering equipment manufacturers (trade association level).
  
 
== Opportunities to mandate ‘smartness’ in new developments and refurbishment ==
 
== Opportunities to mandate ‘smartness’ in new developments and refurbishment ==

Revision as of 15:12, 20 July 2015

It may be useful to start with a timeline of the background policy development, and the development stages (Tranches 1 to 6). The key regulations governing the UK energy sector are the Electricity Act 1989 and Gas Act 1986, which have been amended many times[1]. The Energy Acts, 2008 and 2011 govern these changes in relation to smart metering[1]. The Acts prohibit activities such as supplying electricity without holding a licence to do so. Licence holders must comply with the Licence conditions and this is enforced by Ofgem, the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority[1]. Under the licence conditions sit the industry codes detailing the technical and commercial obligations[1].

The regulatory framework is undergoing changes to get up to speed on smart meter roll-out. Changes include updating energy licences and codes, for example requiring energy companies to roll-out smart meters. Additional licenseable activity has been introduced including the provision of communication between suppliers and other parties and smart meters in consumer premises. In addition a Smart Energy Code sets outs the rules, rights and obligations of all parties for the new metering obligations.

A timeline of the policy leading to smart meter rollout, governing regulation and licensing [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
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Smart meter roll-out plans and timetable (incl. opportunities for involvement, data issues, support for vulnerable etc)

We are currently at the Foundation Stage (since December 2012[9]). We are expected to enter the 'mass-roll out' phase April 2016, which is later than the previously expected date of December 2015. DECC have named the current phase the 'Transition phase' of the Smart Metering Implementation Plan (SMIP)[10]. This is considered to be the stage where commercial, technical and regulatory plans will enable energy suppliers to roll-out the smart meters, in collaboration with the DCC.

Licensing of different roles in energy system (supply, distribution, meter operation, access to DCC etc)

The transition stage started in September 2013 with the DCC receiving a licence and the contracts awarded to the Data Service Provider (DSP) and the Communications Service Providers (CSP). This coincided with the start was also the launch of the Smart Energy Code (SEC)[10]. The Smart Metering Governance Structure is outlined in the diagram below.

Smart Metering Governance structure [10]
  • Smart Metering Steering Group (SMSG): Strategic level of progress. Members include: six main energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; ENA; Energy UK; Consumer Futures; Ofgem; DCC Licensee; SEC Panel; CDB; Critical Friend; DECC SRO and DECC Minister.
  • Smart Metering Delivery Group (SMDG): Senior level forum DECC can work with to monitor and deliver the programme. Members: Six large energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; Energy UK; CDB; ENA; DCC Licensee; Ofgem; SEC Panel; metering equipment manufacturers (trade association level). In addition Consumer Futures and the DECC SRO will have a standing invitation to attend.
  • Technical and Business Design Group (TBDG): A working forum for resolving technical issues, consisting of: Six large energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; electricity and gas network operators; Energy UK; DCC Licensee; Ofgem; SECAS; energy services providers; metering equipment manufacturers; MAP’s and meter operators (trade association level).
  • Implementation Managers Forum (IMF): A working group DECC can work with to monitor and review individual contributor projects. Members: Six large energy suppliers; two smaller energy suppliers; Energy UK; CDB; electricity and gas network operators; DCC Licensee; Ofgem; SECAS; metering equipment manufacturers (trade association level).

Opportunities to mandate ‘smartness’ in new developments and refurbishment

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‘Space to experiment’ opportunities to operate outside full regulatory regime (Ofgem, DECC etc) – and what could be done

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Privacy (for both individuals and commercial interests) vs public good. Can data be anonymised while still retaining sufficient detail?

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 DECC, 2013. Smart meters: information for industry and other stakeholders. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/smart-meters-information-for-industry-and-other-stakeholders#regulatory-framework-for-smart-metering
  2. Energy Act 2008, section 88. Available from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/32/part/5/crossheading/smart-meters
  3. HM Government, 2010. The Coalitation: our programme for government, 2010. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/78977/coalition_programme_for_government.pdf.
  4. EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/33/EU, Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:327:0001:0013:EN:PDF
  5. EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/27/EU. Official Journal of the European Journal. Available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:315:0001:0056:en:PDF. Accessed 15/07/15.
  6. EU Parliament and Council, 2009. Directive 2009/73/EC. Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0094:0136:en:PDF
  7. EU Parliament and Council, 2009. Directive 2009/72/EC. Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:211:0055:0093:EN:PDF.
  8. EU Parliament and Council, 2012. Directive 2012/27/EU, Official Journal of the European Journal, available from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:315:0001:0056:en:PDF.
  9. Smart Metering Working Group, 2014. Smart Metering: conditions for a successful roll-out. Available from: http://www.lowribeck.eu/media/3507/smart-meter-working-group-report_final_july-14.pdf
  10. 10.0 10.1 DECC, 2014. Transition Governance overview: Smart Metering Implementation Programme. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/363674/transition_governance_overview.pdf
 
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