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SMETS1 Migration: A Guide for DCC Users

Seb Fox

In December, after years of speculation, the DCC finally succeeded in providing a proof of viability for SMETS1 integration into the DCC. The migration process should start towards the end of May with the next wave expected later in September 2019.

This is a move that the energy industry is welcoming with open arms because it means that a wider bank of smart meters will be providing real-time information to energy suppliers which could be the key that unlocks wider innovations in the industry, including Time-of-Use Tariffs. It also serves to protect investments in the energy industry by avoiding things like stranded assets.

The DCC have launched a guide to help its users understand how to prepare for migration of SMETS1 meters and what their part to play is. The 74-page document designed to be a plain English summation step by step instruction manual for active & dormant suppliers, network operators, registered supplier agents, other users and geeks which is a robust guide for this point in the migration timeline.

However, the history of the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) is chequered by missed deadlines – will SMETS1 integration will be another chapter to that story? Will the actual migration timeline stay on track, or will we continue to encounter further frustrations?

Want to put your questions to the DCC? Find out how the migration process is affecting industry investments, rollout progression and the industry’s relationships with customers at this year’s Future of Utilities: Smart Metering Update taking place on 18 June in Central London. With a keynote from the DCC and updates from energy suppliers, this event is the prime platform to reset your strategy for this new phase in the rollout.

 

Seb Fox

Sector Manager – Utilities

Seb Fox is the sector manager for our Future of Utilities portfolio. He keeps an eye on industry developments, hot topics, and puts together our conference agendas. He’s been with the company for nearly a year, having recently graduated from Mansfield College, University of Oxford.

Follow him on Twitter here: @Futureofutils

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