Consultation outcome

Enrolment of SMETS1 meter cohorts with the Data Communications Company

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Enrolment of SMETS1 Meter Cohorts with the Data Communications Company: government response

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Detail of outcome

We will require Data Communications Company (DCC) to provide a SMETS1 service for the 4 meter types in question to ensure the retention of smart functionality when a customer switches energy supplier.

Detail of feedback received

We received 31 responses to this consultation with the majority supporting the proposed approach.

Original consultation

Summary

We're seeking views on proposals to require the Data Communications Company (DCC) to provide an interoperable smart meter service for a number of SMETS1 meter cohorts.

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Consultation description

A number of energy suppliers are installing first generation (SMETS1) smart meters, using their own data and communications systems to provide smart services. While SMETS1 meters support accurate bills and near real-time energy consumption which enable consumers to realise the benefit of smart metering, consumers may lose smart services on switching to another energy supplier.

The government’s long-standing policy for resolving this issue is for all significant populations of SMETS1 meters to eventually be operated via the national data and communications provider, the Data Communications Company (DCC).

This consultation considers the business case for certain cohorts of SMETS1 meters – consisting of Aclara, Honeywell Elster, Itron and Landis+Gyr meters – to be enrolled in the DCC. This is based on a cost-benefit analysis and consideration of security and the technical feasibility of enrolment.

A subsequent consultation will consider the remaining SMETS1 meter cohorts (Secure Meters and EDMI meters) once there is sufficiently mature information from existing and prospective service providers and the DCC.

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Enrolment of SMETS1 meter cohorts with the DCC: consultation document

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Published 17 April 2018
Last updated 4 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Government response published.
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