3 fs6 fc0 sc0 ls0 ws0">to a consumer are:
1) Better energy prices because of more competition.
2) Improved services because of the increased service
monitoring.
3) More easy for the consumers to legally switch over
the suppliers and th e pr ocess is also faster.
4) Consumers can be compensated for th e poor quality
of supply.
5) Integration of the home based renewable energy
systems with the home energy system can be made easier.
6) Automated load con trolling algorithm located in the
main controller can help in distribution of the load over
time which is beneficial to the grid.
However, it’s not only the consumers which would
benefit by this. Details of consumers who have been con-
sistently fleecing the suppliers would be recorded in the
SGCC server and the suppliers can access this to deter-
mine whether the new consumer applicant has a worthy
credit rating. This means that the SGCC would store the
energy related credit rating of the local consumers. This
database would be confidential and only accessible to the
suppliers. Thus smart homes can benefit the suppliers
and the consumers.
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Appendix I
The Supplier Changeover Process
Supplier Change over request initiated
manually by the end user. Data fro m SGCC
Pro cess works out the
cheapest supplier
Is t he pr es ent
supplier che a pe s t?
Inform the user and wait for the
confirmation or if allowed by the
user, auto matically go to next stage
.
Start the Changeover by sending the
req ue st to the SGCC
SGCC for wards the request with the
details of the customer to the new /
prospective
supplier
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Is the new supplier
ready to take over?
SGCC informs the main
controller. The main controller
ends the process and avoids
changeover with this supplier
for a predetermined time.
YES
YES
N
O
N
O
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The new supplier sends the details of the contract to the customer through the SGCC. SGCC provides an
uni que number to the cont ract an d forwards i t to th e customer and s tores a cop y of the sa me for fut ure
ref erence. Th e cont ract is deemed to be accep ted if not rej ected by t he custom er in the p redefi ned time
frame.
Is the contract rejected?
SGCC in forms t he new suppli er of the
acceptance and at this stage the SGCC also
informs th e old supplier of th e changeover.
SGCC work s out th e dues wit h the existing su pplier s and inform s
th e customer of the s ame.
The customer pays the dues or if agreed previously dues are
ded uct e d from th e acc oun t of the cu stom er. In eith er ca se, th e dues
are cr edited to the account of old supplier.
The proc ess E N DS
SG CC Terminates proce ss
and info r ms th e cus tomer and
supplier.
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YES
N
O
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