Smart Metering & Smart Grids Industry Operational Support
We provided smart metering operational and technical leadership to a supplier's Smart Metering Programme. This involved providing strategic advisory support regarding technology development, including delivery of an Asset Strategy and HAN strategy. The work also involved solution architecture, programme management, and test and assurance activities.
Independent Supplier - Engage reviewed an independent supplier's SMETS2 programme, to help ensure readiness for the SMETS2 transition. We provided advice on the regulatory impact on business processes and subsequent new requirements to deliver SMETS2 and also advice on the resources required to deliver SMETS2 and meet regulatory obligations.
Trade Association – We managed the process to appoint a 3rd party agent to act as Scheme Operator for the Smart Metering Device Assurance Regime. This included project management, stakeholder management (with the Government, DCC, Energy Suppliers and Meter Manufacturers), requirement identification and definition, Request for Procurement (RFP) documentation (including full scope of work and pricing elements), vendor management, evaluation, appointment recommendation and contract negotiation.
Metering Services Company - Provided support to the Operations team on the current pre-payment infrastructure and processes within the non-half hourly (NHH) market to help them understand the key differences between the processes required to support existing “dumb” metering and future “Smart” metering.
GB Energy Supplier - Engage provided smart metering operational and technical leadership to a supplier's Smart Metering Programme over a two year period. This involved providing strategic advisory support regarding technology development, including delivery of an Asset Strategy and HAN strategy. We also delivered product specifications and a risk based approach to testing to allow the supplier to procure and deliver integrated and compliant smart metering solutions. The work also involved solution architecture, programme management, and test and assurance activities.
Government - Engage supported the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) for 3 years, specifically with the GB Companion Specification (GBCS) and the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications (SMETS) – including the communications protocols associated with the smart metering equipment.
Government - Engage provided support to GB's Smart Meters for Foundation, Testing and Trialling Programme leading the Foundation testing team in the development of the Smart Metering Programme’s test strategy. The strategy covered: the individual testing of the Communication Service Providers, Data Service Provider and DCC Licensee; integration testing of the full DCC Service; proving of the end to end smart market arrangements; proving the ability of market participants to successfully operate the smart arrangements and with the DCC service.
Government - Engage provided support to the GB Smart Meters for Foundation, Planning and Readiness programme, managing the development of the interim operating model for Foundation stage (FIOM) of the GB Smart Metering Programme. Engage developed the process model, the set of business processes and industry system changes required to support Ofgem’s Effective Switching Licence obligations on suppliers prior to mass rollout of smart meters in 2014.