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IREG Update February 2021

IREG met on the 10th February 2021 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

SDEP User Requirements Specification Updates – Release 6.2

IREG reviewed the updates and noted that the changes would be incorporated into the SDEP URS v1.2 in preparation for the Release 6.2 scheduled for February 2021.

ECOES User Requirements Specification Updates – Release 6.2

IREG reviewed the updates and noted that the changes would be included in the ECOES URS v2.1 in preparation for the Release 6.2 scheduled for February 2021.

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

IREG were updated on the outputs from the technical workshop for industry parties held on 8th February 2021. It was noted that next steps would be for the Technical Service Provider (TSP) to carry out an Impact Assessment (IA) and to seek final approval from the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) and MRA Service Company (MRASCo) Board.

A further update will be provided at the March 2021 meeting of IREG.

Open SDEP MIFs and Issues Update:

MIF331 – ‘Review of Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) Reporting’

IREG were informed that the Impact Assessment was, at present, with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) and that a further update would be provided once the IA had been returned.

IREG discussed the timescales for delivery, noting that MIF331 would be aiming for a June 2021 Release as the TSP would not expect it to meet the timeframe for February 2021, due to their current expectation of workloads.

A further update will be provided at the March 2021 meeting of IREG.

Implementation/Transition issues with the SDEP

IREG noted that the Implementation/Transitional issues with the SDEP log had been approved by  MEC & Board and that the development phase was underway. IREG were informed that implementation was expected for a June 2021 Release.

MIF338 – ‘Related MPAN Definition’

IREG were updated on MIF338 and discussed various options for progressing the MIF, including putting it on hold temporarily and for a solution to be sought under the Retail Energy Code (REC). However, it was acknowledged that the existing industry MPAN guidance should be sufficient for IREG to source an interim solution prior to being picked up by the REC in September 2021.

A further update will be provided at the March 2021 meeting of IREG.

MIF339 – Related MPAN Erroneous Transfers

IREG were introduced to MIF339, which was raised as there is no reference to Related MPANs (within MAP10) which could result in MPANs within a relationship receiving different responses to Erroneous Transfers (ET) thereby leaving suppliers non-compliant with the remaining stages of the MAP.SPF109 – New BSC Data Flow for P375

IREG discussed the proposed solutions and acknowledged that the issue could be better suited to the considerations of the Regulatory Design User Group (RDUG). IREG agreed that their view should be sought to decipher whether the issue should be considered under the current Switching arrangements or progressed under the MRA and REC.

A further update will be provided at the March 2021 meeting of IREG.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th March 2021.