A consultation on a new industry code for the smart metering communication service has been launched.
The Smart Energy Code (SEC) is a multi-party contract which sets out the terms for the provision of the Data and Communications Company (DCC).
DCC is in charge of the communications system for smart meters which will link them with suppliers, network parties and energy service companies.
The government expects 53 million smart meters to be installed in homes and businesses as part of its roll-out plans.
Earlier this year former Energy Secretary Ed Davey approved DCC’s proposal to delay the start date from December this year to April 2016 as the company revised some of its plans.
Smart meters are expected to provide consumers with near real-time information on their energy usage to help them control and manage their consumption, save money and reduce emissions.
DECC is seeking views on the proposed new legal drafting for the SEC and gas and electricity supply licences to support smart metering.
Some of the proposals include obligations relating to the installation, maintenance and removal of communication hubs and requirements relating to incident management, public key infrastructure and smart metering testing.
The consultation runs until 1st September 2015.