Consultation on the “Policy design of the regulatory and commercial framework for the Data and Communications Company (DCC)” for smart metering in the UK: IET comments to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Smart metering is part, and only part, of a complex system. Flexibility needs to be included in the DCC for future expansion as part of the overall systems approach. The Smart Metering Programme has always struggled in articulating its real objectives and benefits. However, the real gain will be seen when a smart grid is deployed in the future, and without a smart grid much of UK energy policy will not be readily deliverable. The current debate around smart metering concerns how much pre-investment in the wide area network (WAN) should be made to protect future smart grid functionality. It is agreed that oversizing the WAN now is not necessary, but providing a clear future upgrade path for both data handling capacity and latency is critical.
Submission Details Submitted on 25 November 2011 to Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)