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MDB Update 2018

MDB was held on 26th April 2018. The table below shows the Change Proposals, voting outcomes and implementation dates.

Summary Implementation DateOutcome
DTC CP 3538 – Replace existing flow notes for
Green Deal flows with reference to GDCC
Operational Procedures
1st November 2018On hold
DTC CP 3530 – Update D0225 population
rules in DTC Annex C
1st November 2018Deferred
DTC CP 3533 – Remove ‘Not Used’ entries
from J1699 valid set
1st November 2018Accepted
DTC CP 3537 - Removed redundant text from
DTC Annex C
1st November 2018Accepted

MEC Update March 2018

From the MEC meeting held on 27th March 2018 the following headlines have been captured:

  • MEC has confirmed the process for the prepayment allocation run in 2018, which would cover
    an extended backstop period from 1st July 2012 to 30th June 2014. Notification for Prepayment
    Metering Infrastructure Provider (PPMIPs) to distribute funds is due to be sent in August 2018,
    with all transactions distributed before the end of September 2018. It is anticipated that this
    calendar of dates will be maintained in future years.
  • MEC has requested that Gemserv explores the establishment of formal change processes
    under MAP17 for MRA system changes – i.e. changes to ECOES and GDCC that are not
    currently governed within the existing change process.
  • MEC has agreed changes to the IREG and MRASCo Security Committee (MSC) terms of
    reference; the changes aim to improve communication and consultation between security and
    operational groups.
  • MEC accepted two applications to ECOES from Price Comparison Websites, and two
    applications for ECOES extracts from Meter Asset Providers.
  • MEC approved one application for access to the MRA from Flexitricity Ltd.
  • MEC received a presentation from ELEXON regarding progress made in the Half Hourly
    Settlement workstream. Slides would be made available via Huddle with MEC post-meeting

Special IREG Update April 2018

IREG met on 18th April 2018 and discussed MIF248 – Delays with Plot Addresses being updated.

The group reviewed the output of the draft extracts and reports, that shows instances of addresses that exist in Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) containing ‘plot’, ‘PL’ and ‘PC’,. The report provides detailed information per Supplier and per Distribution Business. IREG agreed that the initial focus should be on instances of ‘plot’ only, as ‘PL’ and ‘PC’ exist in small volumes and will be more complex to cleanse. Some duplicate records had also been identified in the initial set of records and IREG were notified that these had been caused by multiple Meter Serial Numbers (MSN) existing on a Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN). IREG agreed that the report should be re-run to exclude the duplicates and to identify ‘plot’ instances only.

The totals from the re-run report will be utilised to send the base-line figures to Ofgem. Quarterly progress reporting will then be provided.

The draft process steps to be included in MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) 09 (Standard Address Format and Guidance Notes for Address Maintenance) were reviewed. IREG recommended various changes and agreed that the updated drafting would be reviewed at the IREG meeting in May. A further addition to MAP09 was identified, to define how plot addresses should be held in the Metering Point Address fields. This will standardise how plot addresses are applied across parties and allow future identification of the instances to be easier.

A proposal for data cleanse comparison, from the Technical Service Provider, was considered but IREG confirmed that it was not required at this time.

IREG Update April 2018

IREG met on 11th April 2018 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs):

MIF219 – Full Review of Working Practice Product Set

IREG was presented with updates on the review of the Working Practices (WP) and agreed that:

  • WP 21 (Provision of Metering Point Changes to Agents) – some rules could be added to MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) 09 (Address maintenance using the Standard Address Format) and then to remove the WP. When updating MAP09, to ensure a complete process is captured it agreed that the processes associated with the D0171 (Notification of Distributor Changes to Metering Point Details) and D0131 (Metering Point Address Details) are included.
  • WP77 (Identification of New Agent on flow D0170) –the rules for this are already captured in the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Procedures therefore the WP could be removed.
  • WP100 (Termination/Cancellation Dates on Agent Appointment) – that the notes from the WP should be moved to Annex C of the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) and then remove the WP.
  • The next WPs for review should be:
    • WP9 (Related Metering Points)
    • WP33 (Providing Customer Details to the Distributor during Registration); and
    • WP34 (Termination of New Supplier Agents during the Objection Process).

It was highlighted that some WP are referred to in the MRA Agreed Procedures (MAPs). The references need to be addressed alongside the assessment of the WPs.

MIF238 – Changes to WP152 Requesting Additional or New MPANs

IREG reviewed the proposed changes to the Electricity Central Online Enquire Service (ECOES) and the Change Proposals (CPs) to take forward the solution identified under this MIF.

IREG noted that the D0168 (Request for Additional/New MPAN Core(s)) could still be sent out up to the implementation of the CPs and there will still be a need to respond with to D0169 (Allocation of New/Additional MPAN Core(s)). It therefore suggested the following implementation approach for the two the DTC CPs:

  • remove the D0168 flow in November 2018 to align with implementing the new process; and
  • remove the D0169 flow in February 2019 to allow for responses to the D0168 up to this date.

It was discussed that the changes will only be made against ECOES2 therefore removing the flows would require participants to have migrated to ECOES2 to be compliant with the MAP. IREG agreed to the need to review the new process six-months after implementation of the new MAP.

IREG noted the need to have the funding for the ECOES2 changes approved by the MRA Board. The CPs will be submitted to MRA Development Board (MDB) April 2018. A change to remove the WP152 (Requesting Additional or New MPANs) will be submitted if the current CP is accepted.

MIF252 – Use of D0135, D0126 and D0368 Flows in Gas First Only Scenarios

IREG noted that this issue was discussed at another industry workshop. The Proposer is waiting for the outputs of that workshop before the MIF can be progressed.

MIF253 – Adding Estimated Annual Consumption (EAC) to ECOES

The Proposer advised that they were awaiting an update on this issue from internal colleagues.

MIF255 – Raising NHH Export MPANs for Smart

IREG reviewed the CPs and draft redlining, identifying some final amendments. The Proposer intends to submit the CPs in time for discussion at MDB April 2018.

MIF257– Meter Serial Number not on DCC Inventory

IREG commented on the draft CPs and red-lining. The Proposer intends to submit the CPs in time for discussion at MDB April 2018. Due to the timescales and changes to introduce changes to the DTC that will require party system changes, the implementation date was recommended to be February 2019.

MIF258 – Near Time Improvements to Electricity Meter Technical Details

The Chair summarised the outcomes of the Special IREG held on 28th March 2018.

IREG noted that the MRA Security Committee (MSC) has recommended a privacy impact assessment (PIA) for a full comparison of data, subject to MRA Board approving the funding.

ECOES2 Update

IREG noted that testing phase 2 functionally has progressed and the functionality will shortly be made available to those migrated to ECOES2. It was noted that more communication is required on progress.

IREG noted that some additional comments on ECOES2 User Requirement Specification (URS) have been received after the Special IREG that walked through the changes. All comments will be addressed in a final version of the URS and circulated with a comments review sheet detailing how the comment has been addressed. It considered what process was required to approve the URS and agreed to put the ECOES URS on the May IREG agenda for final approval.