Archive for 2017

Smart Meter Guide Published by Ofgem.

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With the DCC compliance date looming for independent suppliers, Ofgem have released a useful summary of supplier obligations for the Smart Metering Implementation Programme.

A copy of the guide can be viewed here https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/11/smart_metering.pdf

Information about the Smart Metering Programme can also be found on the BEIS website or within the Smart Energy Code https://www.smartenergycodecompany.co.uk/

 

The DCC Domestic Supplier Date is Looming!

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Domestic Small Suppliers – DCC User Mandate Date, 25th November 2017

Just a quick reminder that the DCC User Mandate date for Domestic Small Suppliers is right around the corner!  Hopefully all of our active domestic energy suppliers should be well underway with the User Entry Process to ensure that they can comply with the deadline.

To be declared an eligible User of the DCC you must complete the User Entry Process Evidence Form and return it to SECAS for verification.

Our chosen provider for the DCC Adaptor is TMA under their Shared Services Agreement. We feel this route offers comprehensive service and good value for smaller, independent suppliers to communicate with the DCC. However, whichever provider you choose, with the deadline just over a month away for domestic suppliers, time really is of the essence.

If you have any concerns about whether you are going to meet the DCC User Mandate deadline,  SECAS recommend that you discuss the matter directly with Ofgem via licencing@ofgem.gov.uk.

For all other queries regarding the User Entry Process and becoming a DCC User, you can contact the SECAS@gemserv.com helpdesk.

If you wish to discuss your options with Datamere and understand how we can assist you, please contact julie@datamere.co.uk

Change is Coming

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Read a transcript of Dermot Nolan’s recent speech to the Energy UK Annual Conference.

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2017/10/euk_final_19.10_v2.pdf 

The message is clear – big changes lie ahead, yet again for UK Energy Suppliers. With the recent price cap announcement, it’s clear that the government is going to continue with its’ examination of the UK energy market, particularly the pricing policies of the Big 6.

BEIS Confirm Date for Non-Domestic Suppliers to be DCC Ready

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has finally confirmed the date by which non-domestic energy suppliers must be DCC ready . The deadline has been set as 31 August 2018 meaning that SMETS2 meters need to be operated via the DCC from this date.

Additionally, BEIS have published a consultation on the draft legal text required to implement this policy decision. This includes the introduction of an Enrolment mandate and a non-domestic DCC User mandate (requiring non-domestic suppliers to become DCC Users by 31 August 2018), as well as consequential changes to the DCC Licence, SEC and Supply Licence Conditions.

The consultation also seeks views on two additional policy proposals that are designed to better reflect the needs of non-domestic energy consumers and the need for proportionate regulation:

  • A proposed exemption to the non-domestic DCC User mandate for non-domestic only suppliers that supply a limited number of designated premises and do not have customers with SMETS2 meters; and
  • A proposal to allow energy suppliers to offer large, multi-site energy consumers a choice between a SMETS2 meter and an advanced meter at premises covered by the smart meter mandate.

The documents can be found on GOV.UK at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/non-domestic-smart-metering-policy-proposals-and-draft-legal-text

 We are asking all of our suppliers to keep us updated on their DCC preferences to ensure that we are fully prepared for the new conditions.