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IREG Update December 2020

IREG met on the 9th December 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF 322 – ‘Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)’

IREG noted that the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) had approved the design phase for MIF322 at its November 2020 meeting, and that the developers were currently finalising the design documentation. Gemserv advised that once the design documentation has been made available and reviewed internally, it would be shared with Parties and their technical teams, and that industry workshops would be arranged for January 2021.

Open SDEP MIFs and Issues Update:

MIF331 – ‘SDEP User Reporting’

IREG noted that the improvements agreed for the existing reports, as well as the additional report proposed, had been sent to the ECOES Technical Service Provider (TSP) for Impact Assessment (IA) and that a further update would be provided to IREG once the IA has been returned.

MIF332 – ‘Changes to Message Ownership in Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP)’

IREG noted that the MRA Service Company (MRASCo) Board had approved the costs for developing the solution and that the ECOES TSP had been instructed to incorporate the changes in line for the February 2021 release.

MIF336 – ‘Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) Central Switching Service (CSS) Data Cleansing Use Case’

IREG were informed that MEC had approved the Change Request and agreed for MIF336 to be closed.

Implementation/Transition issues with the SDEP

IREG were informed that the changes discussed at the November 2020 IREG meeting were currently being impact assessed by the ECOES TSP.

IREG noted that a further update on all of the open MIFs and Issues would be provided at the January 2021 IREG meeting

MIF320 – ‘Review of the Unallocated Transactions Process’

IREG noted that MIF320 was being progressed as MAP CP 0339 ‘Changes to MAP 14 to incorporate a procedure for working Unallocated Transactions’ as Ofgem had approved for it to be processed as a standard change proposal. A 30 Working Day Impact Assessment period was agreed by MRA Development Board at its November 2020 meeting, and MAP CP 0339 is expected to return to MDB for vote at its meeting scheduled for 26th  January 2021.  IREG agreed to close MIF320.

MIF334 – ‘Identifying Additional Electricity Smart Meters (ESME) and Standalone Auxiliary Proportional Controllers (SAPCs)

The Proposer was not present at the meeting, therefore IREG could not discuss next steps and therefore agreed to put MIF334 on hold until a way forward could be identified by the Proposer.

MIF335 – ‘MSN History Details available on ECOES’

IREG were informed that MIF 335 was with the ECOES TSP for IA and would be presented to MEC and MRASCo Board for the approval of funds at its next meeting to be held on 15th December 2020.

Full Review of ECOES Data Permissions

IREG were presented with the final proposed amendments to the current data access on ECOES, based on the feedback previously provided by industry.  IREG discussed  the additions to be made and agreed for these to be progressed for implementation.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 13th January 2021.

IREG Update November 2020

IREG met on the 11th November 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

SPF108 – ‘Adding Disputed Meter Readings use case in SDEP’

IREG were presented with three possible solutions that had been identified to address the reported issues regarding the Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) where parties are not using the use case in accordance with MAP 08. IREG discussed the solutions and the Proposer agreed to consider any additional feedback before making a final decision on the options to take forward.

MIF 322 – ‘Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)’

IREG noted that following an impact assessment carried out for MIF322, a new approach towards the design was required. IREG acknowledged that the new approach would not make the original deadline of the February 2021 release. It was advised that additional time would be required to enable a longer design phase as well as further engagement with industry via future technical workshops.

MIF331 – ‘SDEP User Reporting’

IREG were presented with the proposed changes to the current reporting on SDEP, plus an additional report that had been identified via the SDEP feedback received from industry. IREG agreed with the approach and noted that a Change Proposal would be presented to the MRA Development Board (MDB) at its meeting on 26th November 2020 for further consideration.

MIF332 – ‘Changes to Message Ownership in Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP)’

IREG discussed MIF332 which proposes to add functionality to the SDEP to allow parties to bulk assign messages and to filter messages either by assigned/unassigned and read/unread. IREG noted that the Impact Assessment was currently with the developers and that the outputs of the assessment would be discussed at the December 2020 IREG meeting.

MIF334 – ‘Identifying Additional Electricity Smart Meters (ESME) and Standalone Auxiliary Proportional Controllers (SAPCs)

The Proposer was not in attendance at the meeting, therefore IREG agreed to defer any further discussion to the next IREG meeting scheduled for 9th December 2020.

MIF335 – ‘MSN History Details available on ECOES’

IREG were provided with an overview of the MIF, noting that further engagement between Gemserv and the Proposer (Scottish Power) was in process, to fully define the requirements before being issued to the ECOES TSP for Impact Assessment.

MIF336 – ‘Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) Central Switching Service (CSS) Data Cleansing Use Case’

IREG were informed that the Change Request was currently with the developer and would be presented to the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) for its consideration once available. DS confirmed that once the implementation date was confirmed by MEC, a wider communication would be shared with Industry.

ECOES Data Permissions Review

It was requested by the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) that IREG conduct a full review of the data items available to each role type within the system to ensure that parties only have access to data that there is a business need for them to be able to view.

IREG were provided with an overview of the suggested changes for each role type, based on the industry feedback received, and Gemserv highlighted the suggested amendments for each category. It was noted that DNO’s would have no changes made to their current level of access.

IREG Supplier members were invited to provide their suggestions on the review before the completed matrix is presented for IREG’s consideration at its December 2020 meeting.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th December 2020.

IREG Update October 2020

IREG met on the 14th October 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF332 – ‘Changes to Message Ownership in Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP)’

IREG discussed MIF332 which proposes to add functionality to the SDEP to allow parties to bulk assign messages and to filter messages either by assigned/unassigned and read/unread. IREG were satisfied that the proposed solution addressed the issue provided and agreed for a request to be made to the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) for the approval of funding.

MIF331 – SDEP User Reporting

IREG were presented with the feedback and examples received from Parties regarding the SDEP User reports, where the current SDEP reporting could provide the outcomes requested by parties.

Gemserv advised that having multiple different bespoke reports within the SDEP would be costly however, parties would first need to identify the defects to be addressed in the reports before new or bespoke reports can be created.

Gemserv agreed to investigate the filter requirements for each of the reports and to provide a further update at the November 2020 IREG meeting.

MIF 322 – Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)

Gemserv advised that the second iteration of the Impact Assessment (IA) had been received from the ECOES Technical Service Provider (TSP) too late for IREG’s consideration at the meeting, but noted that the IA would still be presented to MEC for approval at its meeting on 27th October 2020.

MIF333 ‘New Meter Type (J0483) values to identify Auxiliary Proportional Controllers (APC)’ and MIF334 ‘Identifying Additional Electricity Smart Meters (ESME) and Standalone Auxiliary Proportional Controllers (SAPCs)

IREG reviewed MIF333, which seeks to identify if a change is required to the Meter Type Data Item J0483 in the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC), to align with the Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications second generation (SMETS2) changes being implemented into the Smart Energy Code (SEC) Schedule 9 in November 2020. The SMETS2 functionality is being amended to incorporate Auxiliary Proportional Controllers (APC’s) in order to enable more precision and flexibility in the control of load. As a result, possible consequential changes are required to minimise data quality impacts for Suppliers and MOPs.

IREG also discussed MIF334 which addresses the Change of Supplier (CoS) process for the additional meters and APC’s to ensure settlement integrity is not compromised by Suppliers incorrectly matching ESMEs to incorrect meters.

IREG reviewed the proposed solutions for both MIFs and agreed that they should be combined and progressed as one MIF. IREG agreed to address all solutions under MIF334 and that MIF333 would be closed.

MIF320 – Review of the Unallocated Transactions Process

IREG discussed the proposed amendments to be made to MAP14 in order to improve the Unallocated Transaction process. IREG noted the amendments are an initial step in the performance assurance process and that MEC were committed to improving the Unallocated Transaction process prior to migrating to the Retail Energy Code (REC).

MIF335 – MSN History Details available on ECOES

IREG were provided with an overview of the MIF, noting that a request to include the full history of MSN details to be added to ECOES had been made. IREG discussed the proposed solution and put forward suggestions for the ECOES Technical Service Provider (TSP) to include in the Impact Assessment phase. A further update would be provided at the November 2020 IREG meeting.

ECOES User Requirement Specification (URS)

IREG reviewed the updates made to the ECOES URS ahead of November 2020 Release. IREG had no further comments and approved the ECOES URS.

ECOES Data Permissions Review

 

The MRA Executive Committee requested that IREG conduct a review of the data permissions available to each ECOES User Type. Gemserv provided an overview of each User Type and the suggested amendments to each category inviting IREG members to comment. IREG members agreed to provide feedback regarding PCW data permissions ahead of the November 2020 IREG meeting.

MIF336 – Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) Central Switching Service (CSS) Data Cleansing Use Case

IREG reviewed MIF336 and were supportive of the proposed solution to create a specific Data Cleanse Use Case. Gemserv advised that an Impact Assessment would be sought from the ECOES TSP and that a paper requesting its approval would be taken to MEC at its October 2020 meeting.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th November 2020.

IREG Update September 2020

IREG met on the 9th September 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF322 – Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)

IREG were informed that a workshop had been arranged for industry parties’ technical teams to discuss the automated communication solutions for MIF322 and to define the specifics of the development. The outputs of the workshop will be discussed further at IREG’s October 2020 meeting.

MIF331 – SDEP User Reporting

IREG were introduced to MIF331 which seeks to introduce additional SDEP user reporting to ensure users have the correct access levels for each Market Participant Identifier (MPID). IREG discussed additional requirements and identified the benefits for the inclusion of access levels for MPIDs. A Change Proposal will be presented to the MRA Development Board (MDB) for consideration at its meeting on 24th September 2020.

ECOES Release 7 Update – User Requirement Specification (URS)

IREG were informed that all changes were locked in to ECOES Release 7 and that the ECOES URS would be updated with the remaining requirements and the URS document would be circulated to IREG members for review ahead its October 2020 meeting.

Full Review of ECOES Data Permissions

IREG discussed the request for a Meter Operator template role to be added to the ECOES API and Gemserv invited Parties to review the items and provide feedback on the data items that are visible to various roles within the ECOES General User Interface (GUI) to them by 16th September 2020.

MIF 315 – Consistency of Approach for Sending Priority Service Register (PSR) Data Flow

IREG noted that a final notification would be sent to the Proposer of MIF315 and that a recommendation would be made to the MRA Development Board (MDB) to close the MIF at its September 2020 meeting.

MIF 329 – Removal of eight DTC Flows

IREG reviewed the feedback received from the Request for Information (RFI) to understand the purpose and uses of the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) flows before being proposed for removal. From the responses received, it was identified that one Party still requires access to one of the flows and that this flow should be kept. Therefore, IREG agreed to progress a Change Proposal to MDB for the removal of the remaining seven flows.

Switching Data via the ECOES API

Ofgem’s Switching Programme Design Forum has identified gaps between the end-to-end Switching Programme requirements for the Electricity and Gas Enquiry Services and requested that MRASCo and Xoserve, as service providers, should develop and implement additional requirements.  IREG were presented with the additional requirements and agreed with the proposal that the requirements are only enhancements of existing features and would require minor amendments.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th October 2020.

IREG Update August 2020

IREG Headline Report

IREG met on the 12th August 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF 322 – Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)

IREG were presented with a proposed solution for MIF 322 which would allow automated communications to be implemented on the SDEP via the use of an API to allow integration directly with Parties IT/CRM systems.

IREG noted that more detail would be required to fully define the functionality in order to meet the Industry’s current and future requirements. IREG agreed to facilitate a workshop, incorporating the input of their parties’ internal technical teams, in order to define the specifics of the development.

A further update would be provided at IREG’s September 2020 meeting.

MIF 320 – Review of the unallocated transactions process  

IREG were presented with the Request for Information (RFI) responses received from industry parties, relating to a review of the unallocated transactions process. IREG reviewed the responses received and agreed that further input would be required from Suppliers and Pre-Payment Meter Infrastructure Providers (PPMIP) via a focused workshop, in order to identify the issue and to propose a route for progression prior to the transition to the Retail Energy Code Company (RECCO).

A further update will be provided at IREG’s September 2020 meeting.

MIF 306 – MAP08 – Missing/Disputed Read Process Issues

IREG discussed two provisional dates for holding the MAP08 training event via webinar. Gemserv agreed to confirm the training date with industry once the MIF306 Proposer had been informed.

IREG agreed to close this MIF.

Draft update to the Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) User Requirements Specification (URS)

IREG reviewed the draft updates made to the SDEP URS in light of two approved Change Requests relating to[1] MAP CP 0334 and [2]MAP CP 0335. IREG agreed the requirements presented for both changes and noted that these would be incorporated as part of the November 2020 Release.

ECOES User Requirement Specification (URS)

The ECOES URS paper was not available prior to the meeting however IREG were verbally updated on the changes to the ECOES URS and informed that the paper would be circulated to IREG for their review and brought back for further consideration at IREG’s September 2020 meeting.

MIF 314 – Access to the “User Reports” within ECOES

In the Impact Assessment phase, the Technical Service Provider (TSP) had noted that some of the User Reports had been depreciated when the ECOES 2 system was introduced. IREG discussed if there would be merit in having the reports reinstated, however it was agreed that the reports should be fully removed from the ECOES URS. A further paper was presented on the created new set of non-domestic customer (NDC) user reports, this was agreed, and a further report requested for MEC on tracking portfolio downloads.

MIF 315 – Consistency of Approach for Sending Priority Service Register (PSR) Data Flow

IREG reviewed the current status of MIF315 and noted that progress had been stalled due to a lack of engagement and solutions. IREG discussed the proposed solutions for the MIF, noting that similar discussions were already taking place within the Safeguarding Customer Working Group (SCWG) and Data Protection Officers (DPO) forums and that MIF315 could be better suited under the SCWG’s governance. Gemserv agreed to update the Proposer on the feedback from IREG and to enquire whether MIF315 should still be progressed under IREG.

MIF 316 – Removal of Supplier Access Matrix from ECOES

IREG noted that the Change Proposal was considered by MRA Development Board (MDB) at its meeting on 30th July 2020 and that the change would be incorporated in the ECOES Release 7 which would be an ongoing IREG agenda item going forward. IREG agreed to close this MIF.

MIF 317 – Removal of the ECOES Consolidated Report

IREG noted that based on industry feedback, Ofgem would be aligning the removal of the ECOES Consolidated Report for both Suppliers and DNOs with the Central Switching Service (CSS) go live, scheduled for February 2021.

IREG agreed to close this MIF.

MIF 327 – Review of obligations in respect of the Supply Number Format set out in Schedule 5 of the MRA

IREG considered the format of the Supply Number printed on customers’ bills, as defined in Schedule 5 of the MRA, noting that some of its constituent elements will become obsolete when Market Wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) is implemented.

It was noted that similar discussions had taken place at Ofgem’s Faster Switching Expert Group (FSEG) and that the discussions should be revisited in order to source a route for progression. The Proposer agreed to liaise with Ofgem regarding the discussions and to come back to a future meeting of IREG if required.

MIF 328 – Future SMRS reporting requirements for BSC purposes in MRA Clause 27 and Schedule 13

MIF 328 seeks to address the current uncertainty around future reporting capability and BSCCo access to Supplier Meter Registration Service (SMRS) data. The Proposer advised that the MIF was seeking to work with Supplier Meter Registration Agents (SMRA) to develop a set of reports that could be flexed in frequency where needed or to support ad hoc requests. The Proposer noted that the reporting capabilities should be taken forward under the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) rather than under the Retail Energy Code (REC), with an appropriate forum for SMRAs to consider such requests.

IREG discussed the proposed solution, however it was agreed that IREG was not the right platform for facilitating the discussion. Gemserv offered to assist the Proposer in preparing a communication in order to kick start an initial conversation with industry if required.

The Proposer agreed to withdraw the MIF.

MIF 329 – Removal of eight DTC Flows

IREG were introduced to MIF329, which seeks to remove eight DTC data flows that have been identified as unfamiliar/redundant and should be removed in order prevent opportunities for erroneous Data Flows to be either sent/received or having to be considered on receipt.

IREG suggested that a Request for Information (RFI) should be circulated to industry parties to provide an understanding of the purpose and uses of the flows before they are proposed for removal. Gemserv agreed to assist the Proposer on the preparation of the RFI for industry.

A further update will be provided at the September 2020 meeting of the IREG.

MIF 330 – Visibility of MAP Effective From Date (EFD) in ECOES

IREG discussed MIF330 which was raised due to Meter Operators (MOP) being unable to view the MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) Effective From Date (EFD) data item on ECOES. It was noted that the data is required in order for MOPs to correctly update the MAP when sending a D0304 to Meter Point Administration Service (MPAS). IREG discussed the proposed solutions and agreed that access should be restricted but made available to MOPs via ECOES so they can validate their MAP invoices.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th September 2020.

[1] MAP CP 0334 – Amendment to MAP 24

[2] MAP CP0335 – Facilitating Gaining Supplier GSoP Payment

IREG Update July 2020

IREG met on the 8th July 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF 322 – Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)

IREG were updated on the progress of MIF 322 which seeks to provide SDEP Parties with an option to send automated operational queries and escalation messages rather than sending them manually as the system is currently set out.

It was identified that escalation use cases for Erroneous Transfers (ET), and ET Re-registration, Disputed Meter Readings, Debt Assignment Protocol (DAP) and Unique Transfer Reference Number Request use cases should be the priority. An impact assessment will be requested from the Technical Service Provider.

MIF 326 – Differentiating between Residential and Business queries received via SDEP

IREG were introduced to MIF 326 which seeks to address the issue that it is not currently possible to differentiate between Residential or Business customer accounts with the current design of the portal. IREG discussed possible solutions, such as including a note in the ‘additional information’ field or a mandatory drop-down box to access the information as these could also provide the same result.  The originator will be considering these comments and progressing to a Change Proposal (CP).

MIF 325 – UMSO Validation rules in MRA Schedule 9

IREG were introduced to MIF 325, which seeks to amend the UMSO Validation Rule in MRA Schedule 9. IREG advised that MIF 325 should progress to a CP for the consideration of the MRA Development Board (MDB) at its meeting on 30th July 2020.

MIF 296 – Review of the Non-Domestic Customer Access to ECOES

It was confirmed that MIF 296 will be part of the November 2020 Release and can be closed.  The User Requirement Specification (URS) will be updated and presented to IREG at its next meeting on 12th August 2020.

MIF 305 – Change Management for MPAS Validation Procedures

IREG were advised that the Meter Point Administration Service’s (MPAS) validation procedures would be captured within in the Retail Energy Code’s (REC) Data Specification. IREG agreed to close MIF 305.

MIF 307 – Incorrect Designation for Domestic Elective Half Hourly MPANs in ECOES

IREG noted that MDB had agreed to release the funds for the MIF 307 activity at its meeting held on 25 June 2020 and agreed this MIF could be closed

MIF 314 – Access to the “User Reports” within ECOES

The Technical Service Provider (TSP) advised that the URS was out of date, and that a number of reports listed were depreciated with the development of ECOES 2 system. IREG were asked if these reports needed to be reinstated. There was no strong consensus, so members were asked to discuss this with their businesses. It was agreed that access to any available reports should be equal for all users for audit purposes. This will be brought back to the August 2020 IREG meeting.

MIF 315 – Consistency of Approach for Sending Priority Service Register (PSR) Data Flow

IREG were unable to discuss this MIF as the Proposer was not present at the meeting. Gemserv agreed to contact the Proposer to confirm next steps for MIF 315.

MIF 316 – Removal of Supplier Access Matrix from ECOES

IREG considered the proposal that the Supplier Access Matrix should be fully removed from ECOES. IREG discussed the required amendments to MAP 15, as well as additional changes to the URS and API documentation. IREG also suggested that the user guides should be updated at the same time.  IREG advised that MIF316 should be progressed as CP for MDB’s consideration at its meeting 30th July 2020.

MIF 317 – Removal of the ECOES Consolidated Report

A representative from the MRASCO Security Committee (MSC) provided a view on the security implications of removing the consolidated report from ECOES. The summary of this was that existing governance provisions mitigate the risks highlighted by Ofgem and without a significant project to manage the migration to another data source the security risk could increase. IREG discussed the risks around confidentiality and third-party use of the data and the introduction of additional controls into future audits.

Ofgem agreed to review the feedback from IREG internally and that a further update would be provided at the next IREG meeting on 12th August 2020.

 

 

MRASCo Newsletter – May 2020

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MRASCo Newsletter – March 2020

Please find attached the MRA Newsletter March 2020 containing the latest news and updates from the MRA.

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Gemserv and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the most recent government guidance, MRASCo office is closed and all but essential staff are working remotely. Consequently, for the time being, no meetings will be hosted at our London office, though we will continue to provide our services as normal so please contact us via email or telephone as usual.

Clearly the specific advice we are referencing here may change so we ask all clients and stakeholders to ensure they keep up to date on advice from the Government and we will also update our procedures, and notify you, as appropriate.

IREG Update March 2020

IREG met on the 12th March 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF219 – Full review of the Working Practice Product Set (WPPS)

IREG received an update on the progress of the review and were presented with options for the remaining Working Practices (WPs). The Proposer advised that two of the working practices related to Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) procedures and as such would be handed over to the BSC for review. IREG agreed that remaining WPs would stay in the product set until the MRA Transition was complete. The Proposer of the MIF agreed to place the MIF on hold until further notice.

MIF296 – Review of the Non-Domestic Customer Access to ECOES

IREG were advised that work was ongoing between Gemserv and the Proposer to develop a longer-term solution and that an update would be provided at the next meeting.

MIF306 – MAP08 – Missing/Disputed Read Process Issues

IREG were advised that Gemserv had been working on developing the training and that the training session was due to take place towards the end of April 2020.

MIF 307 – Incorrect Designation for Domestic Elective Half Hourly MPANs in ECOES

IREG noted that the ECOES Technical Service Provider (TSP) were conducting an impact assessment on the proposals and an update would be provided at the next meeting.

MIF309 – Related MPAN Objection

Gemserv informed IREG that the Objection report discussed at the last meeting had been developed and would be distributed along with the Anonymised Report before the end of the month. However, the cost of developing the Enhanced Data Reporting Request was more than the approved budget agreed by MRASCo Executive Committee (MEC). It was noted that a paper would be taken to the March 2020 MEC meeting requesting further budget to develop the reporting required.

MIF311 – ECOES Consolidated Report

IREG were unable to discuss this MIF as the Proposer was not present at the meeting.

MIF314 – Access to the “User Reports” within ECOES

The group noted that the change was with the ECOES TSP who were conducting an impact assessment. A further update would be provided at the next meeting.

MIF315 – Consistency of Approach for Sending Priority Service Register (PSR) Data Flow

IREG were unable to discuss this MIF as the Proposer had sent their apologies for the meeting.

MIF316 – Removal of Supplier Access Matrix from ECOES

The Proposer of the MIF provided an overview of the issue listed within. It was advised that the issue had come from the Ofgem consultation on the electricity enquiry service which would be brought into the Retail Energy Code (REC). The Proposer advised that the goal from the meeting was to understand how the process should be removed and the costs and benefits of removing the Supplier Access Matrix from ECOES.

IREG discussed issues with making this change and the knock-on effect on Suppliers. It was advised that the Proposer would need to consider that Suppliers had been developing their systems to accept an API with a permissions flag. The group discussed the potential solutions listed within the MIF. It was suggested that an on-screen pop-up tick box confirming that the Supplier has the legal right to view the data was the preferred solution. However, Suppliers felt as if it was excessive to have this box when making every search. It was agreed that the legal right box would be displayed at the beginning of each session for the end user, the group discussed the wording of the box.

Gemserv agreed to write up full impact assessments of the three solutions presented within the MIF as well as a description of the one developed in the meeting as the IREG recommendation. These descriptions would then be discussed at the April 2020 MRASCo Security Committee (MSC) before going to the MRASCo Board for decision.

MIF317 – Removal of the ECOES Consolidated Report

The Proposer provided IREG with an introduction of the issue detailed within the MIF. The Proposer advised that they wished to remove the ECOES Consolidated Report (Report) to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), remove an Industry reliance on out of date data and to move the market further towards use of the ECOES API once the Central Switching Service (CSS) and the REC go live. IREG were invited to provide an overview of the way in which they currently use the Report and the impact on their business if the report was to be removed.

A Distribution Business advised that they currently use the report to identify the Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) operating within their catchment area. It was advised that they could not see an alternative way to gather this information through the API. The Proposer agreed to investigate other means of acquiring this information. A Supplier advised that the removal of the Report would cause issues for the ongoing work by the Safeguarding Customer Working Group (SCWG) as the access to Industry MPAN data was derived from the Report. The SCWG representative advised that this was not the case as the SCWG were in the process of applying for access to the ECOES API to obtain this data. Gemserv confirmed that they had been assisting the SCWG with gaining access to the ECOES API.

A Supplier member advised that their internal sales procedure was based solely on the Report and the removal of the Report would have huge negative impacts on their business processes. The Proposer advised that the implementation of this change would provide ample time to amend internal business processes to mitigate the impact of the change. Another Supplier advised that internally they had been making strides to reduce reliance on the Report and were developing systems to gain the information from the API already and predicted that this change would have a limited impact on their business.

IREG agreed that a wider consultation on this change was required to understand the views of the entire Industry. It was agreed that Gemserv would work with the Proposer to develop questions for an Industry Request for Information (RFI). Gemserv advised that the RFI would be sent out as soon as possible after the meeting to allow Industry as long as possible to review and answer the questions ahead of the next IREG meeting.

SCWG Update

The SCWG Representative advised IREG that new PSR Data Item categories went live in the most recent DTC Release It was advised that there had been a teleconference held on the 3rd March 2020 to discuss the release and there had not been any unexpected impacts or issues identified at this stage.

The SCWG Representative informed IREG that an announcement had been made on the UKRN website advising that work to implement priority services data sharing between energy networks and water companies was continuing, but some technical issues are taking longer to resolve than anticipated and as a result the originally planned April 2020 delivery date would not be met. It was advised that a further update would be provided in due course.

Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) URS

IREG were advised that the SDEP URS had been updated based on the comments made at the February 2020 meeting. Gemserv highlighted that training materials would be ready to send to Industry by the end of April 2020. A Supplier asked if there would be an ongoing test environment post go live to train new staff on the SDEP, it was confirmed that the test environment would be closed post go live. Gemserv advised IREG that the SDEP would not have the ability to block duplicate escalations.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 8th April 2020.