BEIS Changes to Facilitate the Installation of Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN) Point-to-Point Equipment (P2P Equipment)
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a consultation on 28 May 2021 on proposed changes to the Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA) to facilitate the installation of Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN) Point-to-Point Equipment (P2P Equipment) located near the Electricity Smart Metering Equipment (ESME), such that it may be connected to and draw power from the electricity distribution network in line with the practice for existing smart metering equipment. The deadline for responses to the consultation was 25 June 2021.
BEIS has published their response to the consultation they issued on proposed changes to the DCUSA to facilitate the installation of Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN) Point-to-Point Equipment located near smart electricity meters such that they may be connected to and draw power from the distribution network. BEIS’ response includes a summary of consultation responses received and the their conclusions following the consultation (Annex A) and updated legal drafting (Annex B). The changes to the DCUSA, along with a package of other changes to the Smart Energy Code and gas and electricity supply licences were laid before Parliament on 15 July 2021 in line with the procedural requirements of S89 of the 2008 Energy Act.
On 25 October 2021, notification was received that the proposed changes had passed through the Parliamentary process and should now be made. The changes proposed by BEIS were implemented into v13.6 of the DCUSA, which was published on 28 October 2021.