techUK submitted a response to the BEIS 'Proposals regarding smart appliance' consultation on 8 June 2018.
BEIS consulted to support the transition towards a smarter energy system through facilitating the adoption of consumer demand side response. The objective for setting standards (defined as principles, and associated functionalities which could be based technical standards) is to:
- Provide certainty in the burgeoning smart appliance sector to support investment to develop smart appliances for the market, enabling electricity system benefits and consumer rewards;
- Ensure minimum standards of the function of smart appliances to protect consumers and the system; and
- Enable the UK to be at the forefront of an emerging sector.
BEIS proposes to take primary powers, subject to Parliamentary time and approval, to mandate these standards for certain smart appliances:
- Those which are communications enabled and able to modulate their electricity consumption in response to signals; and
- Those which offer the greatest opportunity for DSR (as outlined above: cold and wet appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and battery storage).
The subsequent actions below are to be taken by the Government following this Consultation:
- The Government will make regulatory requirements for smart appliances.
- The industry is expected to develop technical standards for smart appliances, as necessary, and the Government will work with industry to this end.
- Any regulatory requirements are intended to be based on the principles of interoperability, data privacy, grid-stability and cyber-security, and consumer protection:
- Interoperability to be included as one of them with an expectation of the three proposed functionalities to also be included;
- Grid-stability and cyber-security will be included and expects to proceed with many elements of the proposed functionalities;
- The Government advocates for Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things Security approach;
- Data privacy and the functionality that data must be securely stored when on the device or with any controlling party;
- Cross-departmental action has been taken to produce consumer guidance on the re-use, recycling, and disposal of internet-connected smart devices, which includes smart appliances;
- Consumer protection is intended to be included to address relevant consumer risks with appropriate functionalities;
- Work on consumer protection will be taken forward in a smart energy system, beyond regulation for smart appliances;
- The Government is investigating consumer safety for smart appliances;
- An Energy Data Taskforce with Ofgem has been established.
- Functionalities proposed will continue and will develop these further with stakeholders.
- Any regulatory requirements are intended to apply to cold appliances, wet appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and battery storage.
- There is a consideration to the potential role of a labeling scheme for smart appliances in addition to regulatory requirements set out above.
The full consultation decision could be found here.