Smart metering is one of the biggest challenges to face the energy industry since privatisation. As an organisation that manages wholesale electricity settlement, ELEXON has a key role to play in helping the industry meet that challenge.
Ofgem has approved Modification Proposal P292 which will enable the changes to Supplier and Non-Half-Hourly Meter Operator Agent (NHHMOA) responsibilities for smart Meter Technical Details (MTD) proposed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s smart metering operating model.
DECC has announced that the mandated rollout of smart meters will now commence in late 2015 and complete by end of 2020. Click here for more information.
Click here to view the key milestones that will be achieved during summer 2013 alongside the revised timeline.
Ofgem has set out the next steps in progressing its Settlement Reform work in an open letter.
ELEXON will continue to provide support to Ofgem in developing their thinking on longer term Settlement Reform alongside our work on the short and medium term through the Profiling and Settlement Review Group (PSRG).
ELEXON has responded to the DECC consultation relating to the first version of the Smart Energy Code. Our response is here.
ELEXON has submitted the BSC Panel’s report to Ofgem setting out how it would undertake a Settlement Reform project, if asked to do so by Ofgem, as part of Ofgem’s Smarter Markets work. Click here to read the report.
We held a seminar on Delivering Settlement Reform on Friday 2 November 2012. Click here to view the presentation slides.
Delivering Settlement Reform – A consultation on the review project & invitation to seminar
At the end of July Ofgem asked the BSC Panel to provide them with a report by the end of this year setting out how the Panel and industry could undertake a review and reform of the Settlement arrangements (Supplier Volume Allocation) in support of Ofgem’s Smarter Markets work. Ofgem will decide how it wishes the work to proceed early next year.
ELEXON is developing the report in conjunction with an advisory group. We have issued a consultation seeking views on the approach, scope, design, risks, issues and deliverables from such a review. Responses are invited by 9 November.
If you have any questions or we would like to receive a copy of the consultation, please contact email@example.com or speak to David Jones on 020 7380 4213.
Please see the consultation documents.
Response to DECC’s consultation on the second version of the Smart Metering Technical Specifications (SMETS)
ELEXON has provided a response to the DECC consultation on SMETS2. Our answers centre on the management of metering requirements and delivering a centralised industry assurance regime, and the lessons we have learned in doing so.
Please see ELEXON’s response.
If you would like to discuss the issues raised, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Response to DECC’s April Smart Metering consultations
ELEXON has provided responses to the DECC consultations on:
- Privacy and Data Access
- DCC Licence and Application Regulations
- Smart Energy Code
- Consumer Engagement
The responses can be seen on our Industry Insights page.
If you would like to discuss the issues raised, please contact us at email@example.com.
Smart Security Governance
Robust industry governance is a key element in ensuring that the smart rollout is successful and data continues to flow into settlement. In our latest thought leadership document, we explore security governance for the GB smart solution. We consider questions such as the key roles and responsibilities of licensees, government bodies and the DCC – and how future changes will be addressed.
Read Smart Security Governance for an outline of ELEXON’s views of how good security governance could be achieved as the industry moves forward into a smart world. If you would like a more detailed version of the paper, or to discuss the issues raised, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Rowell, ELEXON’s Smart programme Director spoke at the Smart Metering Forum alongside other speakers including Charles Hendry, Minister for Electricity and senior figures from the NAO, energy suppliers, DNOs and communications service providers.
Chris opened the session on Examining the Commercial Framework and shared ELEXON’s insight into how the DCC will develop, its differing activities and how the commercial framework can and should support this.
ELEXON is working in this area to help design the lowest risk, most economic solution for the industry and our experience in delivering complex solutions through outsourced Service providers to the multiparty stakeholders is unparalleled.
You can read Chris’s slides here.
ELEXON has provided a comprehensive response to DECC’s consultation on the ‘Detailed policy design and Commercial & Regulatory Framework for DCC’. Our response focuses on ensuring that DCC is set up for success and that it can effectively support existing industry processes to ensure the integrity of Settlements. We have shared our experience as experts in managing central industry rules, systems and changes through robustly managing change and contracts and engaging effectively with customers. Click here to read our response.
ELEXON’s Smart Programme Director, Chris Rowell, will be discussing the DCC at the forthcoming Smart Metering Forum. Our presentation will appear here after the conference.
At the SVG meeting on 1 November 2011, the SVG considered the interaction between the BSC Codes of Practice (CoPs) and the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (SMETS). The SVG also considered the BSC requirements for early smart Metering Systems which the Supplier chooses to settle on a Half Hourly (HH) basis.
Click here to read guidance on this issue.
ELEXON responds to four smart related consultations:
DECC’s – A call for evidence on privacy and data access
DECC’s – Licence conditions for a code of practice for the installation of smart electricity and gas meters
DECC’s – Draft licence conditions and technical specifications for the roll-out of smart metering equipment
Ofgem’s – Commercial interoperability arrangements
Our latest consultation will help identify the benefits and barriers to our customers settling energy volumes Half-Hourly as smart (or Advanced) meters are installed for customers in Profile Classes 1-4.
You can also read our press release here.
Read our latest thought leadership paper on Assurance in a Smart Metered World. We provide our expert views on options for an assurance framework under the new Smart Energy Code.
We recently presented at Marketforce’s Smart Metering Update conference to share our views on setting up the DataCommsCompany for success.
Read our response to the 2011 Ofgem Spring Package, which seeks to protect consumer interests as Suppliers start rolling out smart meters across Great Britain.
Smarter settlement – making the most of tariff innovation. In this thought piece, we explore the use of innovative tariffs for consumers, how they are dealt with in settlement and how we can build on this in a smart enabled world.
See the presentation we gave at March’s Future of Utilities and Smart Update Conference on Settlement in a Smart World. In this presentation we examine what the immediate challenges are for settlement and how they can be managed into the future.
Read our press release on DECC’s response to the Smart Metering Implementation Programme Prospectus Consultation. We’re really encouraged by content of the response, particularly as several of the comments directly reflect suggestions we’ve made.
ELEXON and smart – how are we involved?
We’re fully supporting the government’s Smart Metering Implementation Programme, by working closely with DECC, Ofgem and colleagues in the industry to advise on the development of the new Smart Energy Code. We’re supporting various working groups and our technical experts are modelling business processes required in the smart arrangements.
We’re optimising the BSC for smart. Smart will bring changes to the processes we deliver and manage on behalf of the industry, so we’re looking into how the BSC should flex to support those changes. One of our recent consultations looked at how smart will impact the profiling and settlement services we deliver. To see our resulting cost benefit analysis, please visit our Industry Insights page. We’re really encouraged about how engaged our customers are with this work – in particular, through our Profiling and Settlement Review Group, made up of experts from across the industry.
We’re developing our smart proposition for the energy industry. As a core provider of central market services, we believe that our skills and capabilities match those which will be required of the new DataCommsCompany. We’re engaging with a wide range of our customers and stakeholders about our aspirations in smart – if you’d like to know more please get in touch with email@example.com or call us on 0207 380 4166.
Accelerating the DCC – Click here to see the presentation we gave at Marketforce’s Smart Metering Update in December 2010 on bringing forward the timescales around the appointment of the DCC.
September and October 2010
Read our response to Ofgem and DECC’s Smart Metering Prospectus:
Part 1 (September 2010) and Part 2 (October 2010)
See our thoughts on the framework of the original prospectus, which we presented at Smart Metering UK and Ireland in June 2010
We also responded to Ofgem’s request for an Impact Assessment on the framework needed for the Data Comms Company (DCC). You can read the response on the Industry Insights page.
Past projects and consultations
Over the past 3 years we have consulted widely with the industry on the issues of smart and advanced metering. Find out more about the modifications, papers and consultations that have been issued.