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It may be useful to start with an 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. The Energy Acts, 2008 and 2011 govern these changes in relation to smart metering. 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. Under the licence conditions sit the industry codes detailing the technical and commercial obligations (DECC, 2013).

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

Smart meter roll-out plans and timetable (incl. opportunities for involvement, data issues, support for vulnerable etc)

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

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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