The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has issued a consultation on the detailed policy design of the regulatory and commercial framework for the Data and Communications Company (DCC), the principal role of which will be to communicate with smart meters at all domestic gas and electricity consumer premises.

The consultation, which is open until 24 November 2011, seeks stakeholders’ views on the Government’s detailed policy proposals in respect of the regulatory and commercial framework to support the establishment and licensing of the DCC. The proposals include: the establishment of the role of DCC (a new licensable activity) in the gas and electricity legislative framework; DCC licence conditions; DCC performance incentives; DCC cost recovery and charges; Wide Area Network requirements for the provision of DCC core services; the adoption of foundation stage communication contracts; and the licence application process.

Further information is available at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/cons_smip/cons_smip.aspx