Consultation outcome

Non-domestic smart metering: policy proposals and draft legal text

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Non-domestic smart metering policy proposals and draft legal text: government response

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Annex A(i): Electricity Supply Licence Conditions - draft text changes

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Annex A(ii): Gas Supply Licence Conditions - draft text changes

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Annex B: Smart Meter Communication Licence - draft text changes

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Annex C: SEC Section A - draft text changes

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Annex C: SEC Section C - draft text changes

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Annex C: SEC Section E - draft text changes

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Annex C: SEC Section F - draft text changes

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Annex C: SEC Section H - draft text changes

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Annex C: SEC Section X - draft text changes

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Annex D: Section K - draft text changes

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Explanatory Memorandum to modifications to the smart metering regulatory framework

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Draft modifications to the regulatory framework - draft legal text as laid before Parliament

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Detail of outcome

We invited stakeholder views on a package of measures designed to give non-domestic consumers access to the full benefits of smart meters, while at the same time recognising the diverse nature of these energy users and the need for proportionate regulation. As a result of this consultation and responses received we are making changes to the energy supply licence conditions, Data Communications Company (DCC) licence and Smart Energy Code to implement the following measures:

  • energy suppliers to non-domestic premises will be required to use the DCC for the operation of SMETS2 meters. Most non-domestic energy suppliers will therefore be required to become DCC Users by 31 August 2018. This requirement will not apply to energy suppliers who specialise in supplying larger businesses with mostly high-energy consuming sites, and that have only advanced meters and no SMETS2 meters within their portfolio. However, they must become a DCC User if they intend to operate a SMETS2 meter at a later date.

  • energy suppliers will be allowed to offer SME and larger business consumers (but not microbusinesses) with sites in scope of the smart metering mandate, a choice between an advanced meter and a smart meter.

A Smart Metering non domestic guidance leaflet provides additional information for participants in the non-domestic smart meter rollout.

Detail of feedback received

We received 37 responses to this consultation from a range of stakeholders including:

  • large and independent energy suppliers
  • Meter Asset Providers (MAPs)
  • Meter Operators (MOPs)
  • Meter Managers (MAMs)
  • trade associations.

Original consultation

Summary

We're seeking views on new non-domestic smart metering policy proposals, including the draft legal text required to remove the DCC opt-out.

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Consultation description

The consultation seeks views and evidence on new non-domestic smart metering policy proposals. The policy proposals are designed to give non-domestic consumers access to the full benefits of smart meters, while at the same time recognising the diverse nature of these energy users and the need for proportionate regulation.

This consultation also invites views on the draft legal text required to implement the removal of the Data Communications Company (DCC) opt-out.

As set out in the government response to the April 2016 further consultation, most non-domestic suppliers will be required to become DCC Users by 31 August 2018 and to enrol SMETS2 meters with the DCC.

We are seeking responses from a wide variety of stakeholder groups.

Your response will be most useful if it is framed in direct response to the questions posed, though further comments and evidence are also welcome.

Documents

Smart Metering Implementation Programme: Consultation on non-domestic smart metering policy proposals and draft legal text

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Annex A - Draft legal text: Electricity Supply Licence Conditions removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex A - Draft legal text: Gas Supply Licence Conditions removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex B - Draft legal text: DCC Licence Conditions Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex C - Draft legal text: SEC Section A Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex C - Draft legal text: SEC Section C Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex C - Draft legal text: SEC Section E Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex C - Draft legal text: SEC Section F Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex C - Draft legal text: SEC Section H Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex C - Draft legal text: SEC Section X Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Annex D - Draft legal text: SEC Section K Legal Text Removal of DCC Opt Out August 2017

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Published 31 August 2017
Last updated 27 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Government response published along with revised draft text of Electricity Supply Licence.
  2. First published.