GENUS© – Working with the DCC

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With DCC go live confirmed as November 2017 for independent suppliers, Datamere Software are developing their own interface for GENUS©, communicating with the CGI Adaptor procured by TMA Data Services.  The Shared Services Solution offered by TMA offers GENUS© users a fully comprehensive, cost effective,managed route to communicate with the DCC.

The Shared Services agreement has been specifically developed for the smaller, independent supplier network  and assists them with connecting to the new DCC infrastructure relating to Smart Metering. In order to operate Smart Meters and therefore comply with the new legislation,  suppliers have to connect to the infrastructure provided by the Data Communications Company (DCC). This requires significant capital investment, often challenging to independent market participants who may be in the early stages of developing their supply business. Shared Services allows TMA to host and operate the entire range of DCC services on behalf of the Suppliers, without them having to make significant investment.

The agreement also includes TMA undertaking User Entry Process Testing (UEPT) on behalf of users.

“In order to identify the best solution for DCC readiness, we undertook extensive research to find the best turn key solution available for our clients. The flexibility of the Shared Services agreement from TMA allows our clients to either use a managed service for the communication or alternatively use the interface directly from GENUS©”

 

 

Datamere News December 2016

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To view all the latest news about Datamere and the Energy Support Bureau, read our latest Newsletter Datamere Newsletter December 2016

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients and suppliers a very Merry Christmas with Best Wishes for 2017.

Look forward to working with you all then.

 

DCC Live for Independent Suppliers November 2017

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With confirmation that the DCC will be live for independent suppliers from November 2017, suppliers seriously need to begin the process of engaging with the Smart Energy Code (SEC) to ensure that they are ready to fulfill the obligations that will come into effect.

The Smart Energy Code is a multi party agreement which sets out the obligations between the DCC and users of the DCC (suppliers). Therefore in order to be able to comply with the DCC legislation, suppliers must sign up and accede the code which is administered by SECAS.

Regardless of which option you will be using to communicate with the DCC, as a supplier you will need to engage with SEC  in order to initiate that process. With many of the set up regimes and testing taking long timescales to complete (e.g the security and privacy assessments take a minimum of 21 weeks) we strongly recommend that you begin the processes now. You can view the information on the SEC website www.smartenergycodecompany.co.uk

Datamere are continuing discussions with a number of parties that provide DCC Adaptors and/or a managed DCC service and are aiming to get an option in place that will suit our supplier clients (should they choose to take it). However, we cannot stress enough, the importance of beginning the process of engaging with SEC. Datamere will provide an update to all clients as soon as we have finalised our discussions.

www.smartenergycodecompany.co.uk 

SEC Helpdesk Tel: 020 7090 7755

Email: secas@gemserv.com

DCC Confirm Independent Supplier Day

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The DCC has recently confirmed that the first Independent Supplier Day will be taking place on Wednesday 14th September in London.  The conference which runs from 10am will be held at:

America Square Conference Centre

1 America Square

17 Crosswall

London

EC3N 2LB

The conference is aimed specifically at Independent Suppliers who have an obligation to be live with the DCC by October 2017. Datamere would strongly urge all Independent Suppliers to attend the conference in order to understand the obligations which will be coming into effect.

If you wish to attend the conference please register by completing the table below and emailing it to contact@smartdcc.co.uk 

 

Attendee forename

Attendee surname

Company

 

Email address

 

 
 
 

 

A networking event will run from 3pm (after the conference), which will allow suppliers to talk to managed service providers about the options available for complying with the DCC.

Datamere will be available throughout the day and during the networking event to explain our plans and how we foresee GENUS© interacting with the DCC via a DCC Adaptor Solution. If you require any information in the meantime, contact julie@datamere.co.uk but otherwise we look forward to seeing you on the 14th September.

 

 

 

Ofgem Publish Guide to Entering Energy Market

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The Gas and Electricity Regulator, Ofgem, has recently published a simple guide aimed at new entrants to the energy market. The guide which can be downloaded below explains some of the processes that new entrants need to follow in order to obtain a licence and become a supplier.

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If you are a new supplier considering entering the market, Datamere and sister company, The Energy Support Bureau are superbly equipped to guide you through the process by providing all the tools you need for the job! GENUS© is Datamere’s flagship software system which allows the full management of your portfolio including CRM, all industry flows, invoicing, workflow management system and full reporting module.

If you’re not quite ready to take the step of managing your customers internally, The Energy Support Bureau can manage the whole process for you with our experienced team able to provide front and back office services. Our managed services can be tailored to provide the correct fit for your business requirements,whatever they might be.

For more information contact Julie Jones- Ford on 07817 7 779522 or email julie@datamere.co.uk