Ben Nicaudie
Head of Consulting, ElectraLink Limited
Interoperability Questions
 How did we get here?
 Why is change needed?
 What are the interim options?
 Who could gove...
   
How did we get here?
Why is change needed?
What are the interim options?
Who could govern the interim?
Many Industry Functions
• Change of Supply
• Customer Billing
• Energy Balancing and
Settlement
• Change of Agent
• Meteri...
Many Market Participants
Inter -
operability
Networks
A Highly Functional Solution
Meter
Maintainer
Data
Aggregator
Distribution
Operator /
Transpo...
All using flat files
Data Transfer Service
High Volume
Gateway
Low Volume
Gateway
Monitoring
Helpdesk
Remote User
Systems Primary Hub Secondary...
An “Industrial Grade” Network
DTS (flat
files)
Commercial
data flows
(e.g. RGMA)
Web traffic
(e.g. HTTP)
Web services
(e.g...
   
How did we get here?
Why is change needed?
What are the interim options?
Who could govern the interim?
The existing system can not talk
to the meters
With Smart Meters we need the
Wide Area Network to talk and
listen
ReadingsConfiguration
D
a
t
a
Data
XXT 0019.12
0001889.126
Head
End
Head
End
Customer A
Customer B
SMS
GPRS
Supplier to Meter Operations
The answer - Centralised Comms
“Suppliers will have to use the DCC – a
single entity – as that will aid switching
and data...
A Future Centralised Market
CP
EMS
MG
HHDC
NHHDA
HHDC
NHHDC
REG
COS
COA
MAP
MAM
MAP
SH
GT
PP
IGTIGT
SU
GEN
SUP
PPMIP ECOES...
New investments for Suppliers
leading early rollout
• Smart Meters
• Head End systems
• WAN Comms contracts
• Smart Prepay...
New problems for Suppliers
leading early rollout
• New concept of “installing supplier”
• Stranded Assets
• Negotiating Co...
Ofgem’s timetable suggests 8-10 million interim meters by DCC Go-Live
20192018201720162015201320122011 2014
20192018201720...
   
How did we get here?
Why is change needed?
What are the interim options?
Who could govern the interim?
Core Principles
1. Impact on the consumer
2. Privacy & Data Security
3. Speed and Cost of Implementation
4. Re-usability
5...
Interim Options (1)
1. Supplier owned HEs non-standard
interfaces to Central Service
2. Supplier owned HEs with standardis...
Interim Options (2)
4.Installing Suppliers provide readings
to a central store
5. Installing Suppliers provide Smart
Meter...
Key Influencing Factors
• Industry has immature Smart
Metering infrastructures
• Not all Suppliers have a Smart
programme ...
Supplier Meter Asset
Provider
HH Data
Aggregator
Distributor Meter
Operator
HH Data
Collector
SVAA
Meter Data
Management
S...
   
How did we get here?
Why is change needed?
What are the interim options?
Who could govern the interim?
The ideal regulatory framework
• A dedicated Smart Energy Code
• Governing access to smart electricity
and gas meters
• De...
But this is highly complex...
Existing regulatory frameworks
• The Master Registration Agreement
• The Supply Point Administration
Agreement
• The Unifo...
Comparing frameworks
• The MRA and SPAA do not provide for
data transfers service provision
• The UNC and BSC do cover dat...
What would be needed?
• A transparent mechanism for cost
recovery
• An obligation on gas and electricity
Suppliers to join...
Interoperability Questions
 How did we get here?
 Why is change needed?
 What are the interim options?
 Who could enfo...
Questions?
Ben Nicaudie
www.electralink.co.uk
ben.nicaudie@electralink.co.uk
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Smart Interoperability for Early Rollout - Ben Nicaudie SMi Nov 2010

  1. 1. Ben Nicaudie Head of Consulting, ElectraLink Limited
  2. 2. Interoperability Questions  How did we get here?  Why is change needed?  What are the interim options?  Who could govern the interim? “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” George Santayana, Spanish philosopher
  3. 3.     How did we get here? Why is change needed? What are the interim options? Who could govern the interim?
  4. 4. Many Industry Functions • Change of Supply • Customer Billing • Energy Balancing and Settlement • Change of Agent • Metering Services • Distribution Use of System Billing
  5. 5. Many Market Participants
  6. 6. Inter - operability Networks A Highly Functional Solution Meter Maintainer Data Aggregator Distribution Operator / Transporter Prepayment Infrastructure Provider Supplier Data Collector Consumer Metering System
  7. 7. All using flat files
  8. 8. Data Transfer Service High Volume Gateway Low Volume Gateway Monitoring Helpdesk Remote User Systems Primary Hub Secondary Hub Managed Network
  9. 9. An “Industrial Grade” Network DTS (flat files) Commercial data flows (e.g. RGMA) Web traffic (e.g. HTTP) Web services (e.g. SOAP, REST) Any other application protocol ElectraLink Data Transfer Network Authentication, Encipherment, Resilience, Reliability Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Network Connectivity, Protocol Agnosticism Physical layer e.g. Ethernet, fibre
  10. 10.     How did we get here? Why is change needed? What are the interim options? Who could govern the interim?
  11. 11. The existing system can not talk to the meters
  12. 12. With Smart Meters we need the Wide Area Network to talk and listen ReadingsConfiguration
  13. 13. D a t a Data XXT 0019.12 0001889.126 Head End Head End Customer A Customer B SMS GPRS Supplier to Meter Operations
  14. 14. The answer - Centralised Comms “Suppliers will have to use the DCC – a single entity – as that will aid switching and data management. It will control access to the data and secure communications, so it must be independent.”
  15. 15. A Future Centralised Market CP EMS MG HHDC NHHDA HHDC NHHDC REG COS COA MAP MAM MAP SH GT PP IGTIGT SU GEN SUP PPMIP ECOES ASP MOP DCC DIST NHHDR DSM scoges ECOES SET
  16. 16. New investments for Suppliers leading early rollout • Smart Meters • Head End systems • WAN Comms contracts • Smart Prepayment • All associated IT
  17. 17. New problems for Suppliers leading early rollout • New concept of “installing supplier” • Stranded Assets • Negotiating Comms contracts • Dependencies on other Suppliers • Building Market share
  18. 18. Ofgem’s timetable suggests 8-10 million interim meters by DCC Go-Live 20192018201720162015201320122011 2014 20192018201720162015201320122011 2014 Phase 2 Develop regulatory framework Phase 3 Tender and award DCC licence DCC Setup and procure service providers Build and trialling of DCC services Go-Live DCC Meter rollout profile Delivery Timetable
  19. 19.     How did we get here? Why is change needed? What are the interim options? Who could govern the interim?
  20. 20. Core Principles 1. Impact on the consumer 2. Privacy & Data Security 3. Speed and Cost of Implementation 4. Re-usability 5. Avoiding Scope Creep 6. Existing market arrangements
  21. 21. Interim Options (1) 1. Supplier owned HEs non-standard interfaces to Central Service 2. Supplier owned HEs with standardised interfaces to Central Service 3. Centrally owned HEs providing Central Service
  22. 22. Interim Options (2) 4.Installing Suppliers provide readings to a central store 5. Installing Suppliers provide Smart Meter Services direct to 3rd Parties 6. Suppliers Migrate Smart Meters to gaining Supplier’s HE on CoS
  23. 23. Key Influencing Factors • Industry has immature Smart Metering infrastructures • Not all Suppliers have a Smart programme at all • The industry needs to see interim as a step to DCC
  24. 24. Supplier Meter Asset Provider HH Data Aggregator Distributor Meter Operator HH Data Collector SVAA Meter Data Management Site Meta Data Interval Data AuthenticationandAccessControl Translation Services H/E Smart Meters XML Interoperability Interim Interoperability Arrangements Novated comms contracts from CoS HE HE Smart Meters Customer Changes Supplier 1. Meter migrates to interim HE 2. Comms contract novates to central body 3. Translation service starts HE Enhancement A Centralise all head ends Enhancement B Standardise interfaces Enhancement C Add legacy support Simplify business processes A Roadmap for Interim
  25. 25.     How did we get here? Why is change needed? What are the interim options? Who could govern the interim?
  26. 26. The ideal regulatory framework • A dedicated Smart Energy Code • Governing access to smart electricity and gas meters • Defining commercial relationships between DCC and its users • A code common to both gas and electricity
  27. 27. But this is highly complex...
  28. 28. Existing regulatory frameworks • The Master Registration Agreement • The Supply Point Administration Agreement • The Uniform Network Code • The Balancing and Settlement Code • The Data Transfer Services Agreement
  29. 29. Comparing frameworks • The MRA and SPAA do not provide for data transfers service provision • The UNC and BSC do cover data transfer but also a much wider area • The DTSA is solely about metering- related data transfer, associated services and governance
  30. 30. What would be needed? • A transparent mechanism for cost recovery • An obligation on gas and electricity Suppliers to join • No restriction on the use of intellectual property by a future DCC • Any user objections being ultimately resolved by Ofgem
  31. 31. Interoperability Questions  How did we get here?  Why is change needed?  What are the interim options?  Who could enforce this? “... when men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.” George Santayana, Spanish philosopher
  32. 32. Questions? Ben Nicaudie www.electralink.co.uk ben.nicaudie@electralink.co.uk

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