Way clear for second cohort of first-generation smart meters to be enrolled on central network

05/03/2019
 

The Data Communications Company’s plans to enrol millions of first-generation (SMETS1) smart meters onto its secure data network have taken a further step forward, with a commercial agreement that paves the way for more than 4m of the meters to be migrated from the end of September 2019.

The milestone, reached with Secure SMSO Ltd, affects some 32% of the SMETS1 meter population, which are earmarked to be enrolled onto the DCC network as the second of three cohorts. Migration of meters in the first cohort will be possible from the end of May. Each tranche is assigned a year-long window for migration onto the network. The process is conducted “over the air” and does not involve an engineer visit.

Enrolment on the DCC’s network ensures full interoperability for SMETS1 meters, which in most cases currently communicate only with the energy supplier which installed them. Interoperability will allow the consumer to retain smart functionality when they switch supplier, and will foster engagement with the energy market. SMETS1 interoperability on the central platform will also bring operational cost savings for energy suppliers and their customers.

The Government has launched a consultation on the enrolment plan for Secure meters, covering benefits, security and technical issues, which ends on 2 April 2019.

Energy companies using SMETS1 meters provided by Secure include EON, Ovo, First Utility, Utility Warehouse and Utilita, as well as a number of other suppliers.

The DCC is holding an engagement day for its customers – energy companies and distribution network operators – to brief them fully on progress made, priorities and plans for the enrolment programme, and answer questions. This event takes place on 27 March 2019 in the City of London. DCC customers not currently attending who would like further information should contact Enrolment.adoption@smartdcc.co.uk