About DCC

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) formerly known as DECC granted Smart DCC Ltd a licence in September 2013 to establish and manage the data and communications network to connect smart meters to the business systems of energy suppliers, network operators and other authorised service users of the network.

Smart DCC Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capita plc.

The data and communications infrastructure will:

  • operate consistently for all consumers regardless of their energy supplier
  • provide smart metering data to network operators in support of smart grids
  • allow authorised third parties to provide services to consumers who have granted them permission to use their data. Consumers can benefit by receiving energy services and advice on how to reduce their energy usage.

The infrastructure - see the diagram below for an overview - is being delivered on the ground by our Service Providers - two Communications Services Providers, Arqiva and Telef√≥nica, and a Data Services Provider, CGI




For information on implementing the data and communications infrastructure, visit our Programme page.


As a monopoly provider, we operate under the Smart Meter Communication Licence which is regulated by Ofgem. DCC operates under an ex-post Price Control regime whereby Ofgem closely scrutinises our costs and revenues to ensure value for money. Under the licence, we must also comply with the Smart Energy Code (SEC).

We are responsible for the development of a number of SEC appendices known as subsidiary documents.

All energy suppliers, network operators and other relevant parties must become a party to the SEC to use DCC services.

The SEC is overseen by the SEC Panel and administered by the Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat (SECAS). 

Smart Metering Implementation Programme

The DCC infrastructure will help deliver the Government's plans to roll out an estimated 53 million smart electricity and gas meters to domestic and non-domestic properties in UK by 2020.

Benefits for consumers include:

  • managing and controlling their energy use to save money and reduce carbon emissions
  • providing accurate meter readings and real-time information
  • helping them make informed purchasing decisions and reducing the barriers to switching between energy suppliers
  • supporting Great Britain's transition to a low-carbon economy while helping to ensure an affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply.