Enrolment and Adoption

UPDATE: 12 May 2017

SMETS1 Delivery Plan Consultation

In January 2017 DCC was asked by Government to prepare a plan for the delivery of services to support SMETS1 meters.

DCC has prepared this plan for consultation with SEC Parties and SMETS1 industry stakeholders.

This consultation describes the plan, and the approach proposed by DCC which will allow the SMETS1 Service to be delivered in the most economic and efficient way possible, and to make sure that consumers have the same positive experience of smart meters, regardless of which type of meter they have. DCC's service is focused on enabling consumer switching and retaining smart functionality.

The SMETS1 Delivery Plan consultation closes on 26 May 2017.


DCC's SMETS1 delivery plan is built on extensive analysis of the current SMETS1 market-place, much of which has been gathered as part of DCC's development of its Initial Enrolment Project Feasibility Report (IEPFR), which evaluates the options for the initial enrolment of SMETS1 meters into a DCC service. DCC is today submitting its final IEPFR document to Government, which is also published on the DCC website, to support and inform consultation responses to the SMETS1 Delivery Plan. 

The IEPFR  document is presented in two parts.

Part A comprises the draft report that was published in November 2016.

Part B comprises DCC's analysis of stakeholder responses received and any subsequent changes to the DCC views set out in the November 2017 draft.

Update 23 March 2017

In November 2016 DCC issued a consultation on its draft Initial Enrolment Project Feasibility Report (IEPFR) in accordance with Section N4.5 of the SEC.
The document sets out DCC's analysis regarding the options for the enrolment of SMETS1 meters into DCC infrastructure. The consultation closed on 20 January 2017, and since that time DCC has been analysing consultation responses and updating the draft IEPFR.

To further inform DCC's understanding of stakeholder responses to the consultation, DCC convened three stakeholder workshops in March 2017, focussing on particular elements of a future DCC Service, which were open to all SEC Parties. However, to ensure that all interested parties, including those who were unable to attend the workshops, have the opportunity to assess workshop contents and outputs in full, DCC is providing IEPFR consultation respondents the opportunity to update their written responses in light of these workshops, should they so wish.

DCC requests that consultation responses are provided, wherever possible, as tracked changes to initial consultation submissions. DCC will consider updates submitted to enrolment.adoption@smartdcc.co.uk up to close of business on Friday 7 April 2017.

Workshop outputs and any updates submitted during this time will be used to inform DCC's final Initial Enrolment Project Feasibility Report (IEPFR) to BEIS in addition to the responses received to the IEPFR consultation.

DCC SMETS1 User Interface Forum 20170302 Outputs
DCC SMETS1 Prepayment Forum 20170309 Outputs
DCC SMETS1 Communication Services Forum 20170316 Outputs

If you have any questions please contact the DCC Enrolment and Adoption Team at enrolment.adoption@smartdcc.co.uk


Update 06 January 2017

On 6 December 2016 DCC held an event for stakeholders on its Initial Enrolment Project Feasibility Report (IEPFR), which is currently out for consultation. Slides from that session, along with a document summarising questions received, and DCC's answers, are available below. Please note that the closing date for the IEPFR consultation is 20 January 2017. 

These documents set out the material from the IEPFR industry event that DCC held on 6 December 2016.

IEPFR industry session 20161206 - Slides

IEPFR industry session 20161206 - Q&A


Update 13 July 2016

Following a review of the process and analysis for the Initial Enrolment Project Feasibility Report (IEPFR), we have re-planned the date for consultation. The following note describes the changes.

DCC Notice on the change of date for IEPFR consultation

DCC is working towards 'DCC Live' when its infrastructure to support smart meters based on Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification version 2 (SMETS2) will be available. SMETS2 is a standard developed by the Government.

In 2011, the Department of Energy and Climate Change now known as Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) initiated a Foundation Stage to the Smart Metering Implementation Programme, in which some energy suppliers started to install smart meters. Many Foundation smart meters are based on SMETS1, an initial standard created by the Government. In order to communicate with SMETS1 smart meters, energy suppliers have put in place their own data and communications infrastructure arrangements, and so these meters will be operating outside DCC when DCC live operations commences.

The Government's policy position is that DCC should assess how it could provide data and communications services for SMETS1 meters.

Section N of the Smart Energy Code sets out a requirement for DCC to prepare an Initial Enrolment Project Feasibility Report ("IEPFR"). This report will assess the feasibility, cost and risk of options for how DCC could provide data and communication services for SMETS1 smart meters in order to:

  • enable more efficient and effective operation
  • enable easier switching for customers with SMETS1 smart meters
  • reduce the risk of smart meters being replaced before the end of their operating lives

Timetable for IEPFR

DCC issued the timetable for the preparation of the IEPFR on 10 September 2015.  The high level timetable can be seen in figure 1 below.  For further details, key activities and milestones for Supplier Parties and DCC during preparation of the IEPFR, please refer to the Timetable for Preparation publication:

Timetable for preparation


Deadlines for Supplier Parties

On 15 May 2015, DCC issued an Invitation to Supplier Parties to seek details of the SMETS1 meters that Supplier Parties wish to be included in the scope of the IEPFR.

As outlined in the below DCC notice published on 27  August 2015, DCC will continue to accept details of SMETS1 meters that Supplier Parties wish to be included in scope of the IEPFR until 27 November 2015.  For further information on how Supplier Parties should provide updates or additional responses, please refer to Annex B of that notice.  For convenience the table detailing deadlines can be seen below.

DCC Notice 27th August 2015

EA deadlines

Invitation to Suppliers

The Invitation to Suppliers issued by DCC on 15 May 2015 is below.

Invitation to suppliers

Response document

Response spreadsheet

FAQs and clarification questions

DCC is publishing FAQs about its Enrolment and Adoption programme. We also provide DCC's responses to clarification questions received in relation to the Invitation to Suppliers. We plan to update them regularly.

FAQs issue 1

FAQs issue 2

FAQs issue 3

A high-level factsheet on enrolment and adoption is available here