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Issue Resolution Expert Group (IREG) Update May 2017

IREG met on 10th May 2017 and discussed the following:

MIF215 – Metering Commission Flow

Elexon provided an update on the development of the metering commissioning data flows. The update included:

  • A notice that the MIF has been updated to better reflect the issue and solutions under development.
  • A draft data flow was developed at the last P283 workgroup, to be sent from the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to the Meter Operator (MOP). The data flow will provide the MOP with details of the DNO commissioned measurement transformers and feeders. Two options are being considered for how the measurement transformer ratio information would be populated.

Elexon will be holding two more P283 workgroups. and will continue to update IREG.

MIF218 – Accuracy of Industry Contacts database

Gemserv updated IREG with the progress of resolving functional issues with the database and the data cleanse exercise. Gemserv aim to complete all activities by the end of June.

MIF220 – ECOES letter production for MPAS Agents and DNOs

IREG reviewed the responses to a request for information(RFI). The RFI sought DNO and Independent DNO (IDNO) feedback, to determine if the letters serve a purpose and how long the letters should be retained if at all. The responses showed there was still some support for retaining the letters. However, it was not clear what the rationale was for retaining them. Clarity on the rationale will be sought from the respondents.

MIF222 – Amending J1824 – Asset Condition Code

MIF222 seeks to update the valid set of Asset Condition Codes. Following discussion around certain code naming conventions and noting the Proposers desire to have these changes implemented in February 2018 this will proceed to Change Proposal.

MIF223 – DTC changes to facilitate P348 and P349

Elexon presented an overview of the two changes to the DTC to facilitate Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) and Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC) modifications. IREG noted that Ofgem has previously indicated a preferred option, which will not require the DTC changes. However, there is no certainty on which CUSC and associated BSC modification will get approved. As such, it was deemed necessary to progress with the potential DTC changes to give MRA parties early visibility in case of the need for implementation in February 2018.

MIF224 – MAP 14 manual allocation issues

MIF224 seeks to resolve issues for Pre-Payment Meter Infrastructure Providers (PPMIPs) in the allocation of money as part of manual allocation processes, where the recipient is not a recognised key meter Supplier and/or the amount to allocate is less than costs to do so. A MAP CP will be raised to deal with each issue separately. The Pre-Payment Metering Forum (PPMF) will be consulted on the small value allocation issue ahead of that CP being raised.



Next meeting

IREG will next meet on 14th June 2017.


Joint IREG and SPAA Expert Group Update

IREG and SEG met in a joint meeting on 10th May 2017. Representatives from BEIS, OFGEM and Citizens Advice were also present and discussed the following:

MIF217 – Balance Agreement and Transfer for Smart (BATS)

The Proposer presented revisions to the process following the last meeting, including draft Data Flows for both the MRA and SPAA solutions. The group suggested that the Proposer consider presenting scenarios, along with the baseline processes, so that the group can determine if the solution is fit for purpose. A follow-on meeting will be scheduled to review the scenarios.


MRA Development Board (MDB) Update April

MDB was held on 27th April 2017. The table below shows the Change Proposals, voting outcomes and implementation dates.

Summary Implementation Date Outcome
MAP CP 0285 – Reformatting of MAP18

Update MAP 18 (The MRA Agreed Procedure for the GDCC) such that paragraphs are numbered. This provides for a more robust and clear baseline against which future changes can be drafted.

29th June 2017 Accept Modified
MAP CP 0286 – Reformatting of MAP20

 Update MAP20 (The MRA Agreed Procedure for the Recovery and Distribution of GDAA Quarterly Payments) such that paragraphs are numbered. This provides for a more robust and clear baseline against which future changes can be drafted.

29th June 2017 Accept Modified
MAP CP 0250 – Updating MRA Schedule 14 to reflect the latest version of the MPRS

Proposes to remove the Cost of Transactions drafting from MAP14. This will prevent contractual agreements from being included within formal governance.

2nd November 2017 Accepted
MAP CP 0288 – Publication of Approved Party Information

To allow for the publication of information on the MRASCo Website relating to those MRA parties who are within and have completed Controlled Market Entry (CME).

2nd November 2017 Accepted
MAP CP 0287 – Review of Debt Assignment Protocol

This CP seeks to amend MAP13 and the ‘DAP Flows’ (D0306, D0307, D0308 and D0309). This is to reflect an IREG review of the process and to resolve issues with mismatch of customer names and to improve the overall timetable of events.

MAP CP 0249 – Amend MRA Clause 30 to facilitate the issue of a new Data Flow for Meter Payment Mode

This change seeks to amend the drafting of MAP18 in line with initial recommendations from the MRASCo Security Expert Group (SEG), to provide clarity to parties regarding their rights and obligations, as well as providing a robust baseline against which further security related changes can be developed.

DTC CP 3510 – Data Flows Updates for Assignment of Debt in Relation to Prepayment

This change seeks to amend the Debt Assignment Protocol (DAP) Data Flows (D0306, D0307, D0308 and D0309) in line with the changes to MAP13 (Procedure for the Assignment of Debt in Relation to Prepayment Meters). A number of superfluous Data Items have been removed along with mandating the use of the Data Flows over the Data Transfer Network (DTN).

DTC CP 3509 – New Address Flow

The new Data Flow is to be sent on confirmation of a Change of Supplier (CoS) Loss to notify the New Supplier by the Old Supplier as whether the meter is being operated as a Pay As You Go (PAYG) or not.

February 2018 Accept Modified
MAP CP 0289 – To reference ‘Schedule 38’ in MAP24

This CP seeks to amend a reference within MAP 24.

Discussed at MDB on 25th May 2017 Impact Assessment

MRA Executive Committee (MEC) Update April

During the last MEC meeting on 25th April 2017 the following have been highlighted:

  • At the request of MEC, Gemserv is developing a proposal around interlinked and grouped CPs to be brought to the next MEC meeting.
  • MEC heard that the dates of the next two ‘Introduction to MRA Seminars’ have been fixed for 16th June 2017 and 27th October 2017. Invitations to industry will follow in due course.
  • MEC agreed that the MRASCo Change Tracker should be updated to ensure that all CPs raised following 1st April 2013 are included, with any existing gaps addressed. CPs raised before that date will available upon request from the Code Administrator.
  • Ofgem confirmed that it would be presenting feedback from the cross-code survey at the next MEC meeting, alongside surveyors Future Thinking.
  • MEC approved the accession application for one Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO): Fulcrum Electricity Assets Limited.
  • MEC approved a period of integration testing by CAS and the GDCC Technical Service Provider (TSP) following a change in the TSP of the Green Deal Register from Landmark to Northgate Public Services.
  • MEC noted that a few Suppliers had still not provided Bill Payer Details under the MAP2519 process and agreed to send a letter requesting an action plan or resolution before 16th May 2017.
  • MEC approved the commencement of a review of the MRASCo website, incorporating the Change Tracker and Industry Contacts Database. Gemserv will be providing a project plan at the next meeting.
  • The next MEC meeting is scheduled to be held on 23rd May 2017.

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