Citizens Advice response to Ofgem’s consultation on increasing DCC’s revenue at risk against the Operational Performance Regime (OPR) and on DCC Price Control: Regulatory Year 2019/20
The DCC provides an essential service that enables the operation of energy services for domestic and microbusiness consumers. It creates an interoperable platform for digital energy metering that consumers in Great Britain will progressively rely upon in their day to day lives as their energy choices support the transition to net zero.
Major energy sector reforms and behavioural shifts in the energy system will increasingly require developments of the DCC system and service. This includes the introduction of half-hourly settlement and faster switching. In future, the DCC may also be used as a communications platform for EV charging, embedded generation and other smart devices. Given its important role, it is vital that decisions about the DCC system and smart metering service development minimise cost and service risk to consumers.