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IREG Update September 2017

MIF215 – Metering Commission Flow

ELEXON has confirmed that this will be progressed to Change Proposal (CP) with the aim of submitting to September’s MRA Development Board (MDB).

MIF219 – Accuracy of Working Practice Product Set (WPPS)

  • Working Practice (WP) 45 (NHH Metering – Timing of when D0052 may be sent), WP61 (Content of D0148 between a Supplier and its Agents) and WP74 (Use of D0010 and J0171 on a Change to Metering System Configuration) have been cross-checked against the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Procedures (BSCPs) by ELEXON, and are satisfactorily included. The CPs to remove the WPs will be progressed.
  • WP75 (Use of ‘Date and Time’ in D0010 for HH Market) – a request for information (RFI) was inconclusive on where the rules should be moved to and parties confirmed that either would achieve the aim. The Proposer will raise their preferred solution as a CP.
  • A draft solution was presented for WP129 (Usage of DTC flow D0290 “Instruction to Read Meter” (DP to DR)) and it was agreed that it should progress to CP.
  • WP16 deferral by MDB will be discussed at IREG 17_10.
  • It was also agreed that towards the conclusion of this MRA Issue (MIF), a CP will be raised to add a contents section to the beginning of the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) Annex C (‘Rules for the completion of Data Flows), to allow easier usage and navigation of the document.
  • The next WPs to be reviewed will be WP144 (The use of Site Visit check codes 02 and 20), WP150 (Advanced Meters: Auxiliary Metering Information) and WP6 (Determining the Meter Reading on Change of Supplier (MRoCoS)).

MIF225 – Update on legal counsel for Intellectual Property drafting

Gemserv advised that this is pending response from the lawyer on the clarification questions, therefore was not discussed.

MIF231 – ECOES Search Facility

Following the feedback from IREG, the MRA Security Committee (MSC) has requested that the report that shows the levels of searches is re-run to allow a further assessment of the cap numbers. IREG will await further output from MSC.

MIF232 – Issue with Suppliers sending D0135 to Distribution Companies

Following the results of an RFI, the Proposer directed that this MIF be closed as it was confirmed that Suppliers can populate the 60H group of the D0135. Any D0135s received by the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) from the Supplier without this group populated with the asset condition code will be rejected.

MIF233 – Creation of a ‘rejection flow’ response to a request to send a D0215

ELEXON has confirmed that this will be progressed to CP with the aim of submitting to September’s MDB.

MIF234 – Potential Change Proposals to improve BSC processes in identifying and managing Customer Preferred Agents

The initial discussion of this MIF identified that there are multiple issues to be addressed. Therefore, IREG recommended that the MIF should be Closed and three new ones raised to address the following issues:

  • How does a Supplier identify that a new Customer has a direct contract with preferred agents?
  • How does a Supplier identify that an appointed agent’s direct contract with the customer has ended?
  • How does the supplier get visibility of the fault resolution process, as currently they do not see the D0005 ‘Instruction on Action’ Data Flow sent between Meter Operators and Data Collectors?

MIF235 – Review of MAP17 MIF process

IREG agreed that the scope of the MIF was limited to how MIFs are scheduled. It agreed that the inconsistencies in MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) 17 (Issues Resolution and Change Management) should be amended to clarify that MIFs received after MDB paper day can be scheduled for the next IREG, at the discretion of the Chair. Gemserv will propose changes to the MAP and MDB and IREG Terms of Reference to achieve this.

Gemserv will also look at making MIFs available via the MRASCo website in the short-term; the new website requirements include these in the Change Tracker as the long-term solution.

MIF236 – DTC Annex C wording not mandating population of data items.

This MIF identifies instances in the DTC Annex C where the word ‘should’ potentially need to be changed to ‘shall’, as the rules are mandatory. It was agreed that an RFI be issued to understand the impact of changing each instance of ‘should’ to ‘shall’.

MIF237 – Contract Manager Guidance Document

The draft document produced by the Erroneous Transfers Working Group (ETWG) was reviewed by IREG. Although it was agreed that a guidance document, to be issued to new parties and hosted on the website was useful, the wording needs some revision. Also, an appendix with the list of required contacts should be included.

Next meeting

IREG will next meet on 11th October 2017.


MRA Executive Committee (MEC) August Update

During the last MEC meeting on 29th August 2017 the following was discussed:

  • MEC was proposing a webinar/seminar to educate parties on the proposals for the new switching arrangements being developed under the Faster Switching Programme. A date is to be agreed, but likely to held in October 2017;
  • MEC agreed the accession application of one new Supplier: Shell Energy Europe;
  • MEC received an update from the Erroneous Transfers Working Group (ETWG), specifically with respect to new proposals for Erroneous Transfers reporting and performance assurance. MEC is seeking assurance and justification that the proposed solutions achieve the agreed deliverables of the ETWG. A representative from ETWG would be attending MEC in September 2017;
  • MEC provided comments and agreed in principle a proposed Terms of Reference for the joint Code Administrator meetings;
  • MEC noted an update on the implementation of the CMA Code Governance remedies, noting the publication of next steps from Ofgem on 26th July 2017; Ofgem noted a workshop on the Strategic Direction and Consultative Board elements of the remedies would be held during Q4 2017; and
  • Ofgem had contacted MEC seeking a meeting to discuss a coordinated effort to resolve outdated plot addresses within industry address systems that have valid postal addresses. Ofgem would be invited to join the September 2017 meeting of MEC.

MRA Development Board August 2017

MDB was held on 31st August 2017. The table below shows the Change Proposals, voting outcomes and implementation dates.

Summary Implementation Date Outcome
DTC CP 3515 – Allowing he use of the underscore

This change seeks to allow the use of the underscore within the new Requestor Contact Email Data Item, added as part of DTC CP 3508.

22nd February 2018 Accepted
WPPS CP 0130 – Delete WP143

This change seeks to delete redundant WP143 (Large Scale Disconnections Initiated by Local Authorities) from the Working Practice Product Set (WPPS) as it was replaced by MAP21 in 2015.

2nd November 2017 Accepted
WPPS CP 0132 – Delete WP16 from WPPS

This change seeks to delete the redundant WP16 (MPAS – Differentiation between Supplier Full or Partial Refresh (D0204)) from the Working Practice Product Set (WPPS) due to the rules being added into Annex C (Rules for the completion of Data Flows)

22nd February 2018 Deferred
DTC CP 3516 – Add notes to Annex C D0204 Full or Partial Refreshes

Add rules for completion of Full or Partial Refreshes using the D0204 (Selective or Full Refresh of MPAS Details) Data Flow into Annex C (Rules for the Completion of Data Flows)

22nd February 2018 Deferred
WPPS CP 0133 – Delete WP36 from WPPS  

Delete redundant WP36 (NHHDA requirement and MPAS usage of file number and instruction number) from the Working Practice Product Set (WPPS) due to the rules being added into the specific J0109 and J0330 Data Items within Annex D (Data Item Catalogue).

22nd February 2018 Accepted
DTC CP 3517 – Add rules to Annex D Notes field for specific J0109 and J0330

Add wording to Annex D Notes Field for specific J0109 (Instruction Number) and J0330 (File Sequence Number) Data Items.

22nd February 2018 Accept Modified
MAP CP 0290 – Market share calculation for distribution of unallocated prepayment key transactions

To ensure the distribution transactions are only allocated to Suppliers who were operating the Key infrastructure.

22nd February 2018 Accept Modified

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