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MRASCo Newsletter – March 2021

Please find attached the MRA Newsletter March 2021 containing the latest news and updates from the MRA.

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If you have feedback on how to improve the newsletter going forward, we would love to hear from you!

IREG Update March 2021

IREG met on the 10th March 2021 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 Impact Assessment (IA) to incorporate the solutions agreed at the Technical Workshop (8th February 2021) was completed by the Technical Service Provider (TSP) and was currently under internal review. As soon as the review was complete, it was noted that the next steps would be for a committee decision paper to be presented to the MRA Executive Committee’s (MEC) for final approval of funding.

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

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

At the February 2021 IREG meeting, it was noted that MIF331 was being progressed in two stages, with Part 1 (to add MPIDs on to the SDEP User Reports) already  implemented in the February 2021 Release. IREG were informed that Part 2 of the solution was still  with with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) for Impact Assessment (IA) however the funding  had been approved by the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) and that it was scheduled for implemention in the June 2021 Release.

IREG agreed to close MIF331.

MIF343 ‘Data accuracy issues in relation to the Domestic Premises Indicator’

IREG were introduced to MIF343 which was raised to address an issue identified by a non-domestic supplier in relation to the setting of values for the Domestic Premises Indicator Data Item (J2251) in Meter Point Administration Service (MPAS) following the introduction of Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) Change Proposal (CP) 3556 in June 2019. It was noted that the issue would result in Registrable Measurement Points (RMP) having an incorrect objection window following the Central Switching Service (CSS) migration and go live.

IREG discussed possible options, noting that a deeper understanding of the implications was required, therefore Ofgem noted it would review the definitions as set out in the Licence Conditions and in addition, for the MIF to be discussed at the next Data Working Group (DWG) meeting on 17th March 2021 so the group could consider the data issue and discuss possible routes for progression.

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

MIF342 ‘Erroneous Transfers never responded to or Cancelled’

IREG reviewed MIF342 which was raised to address how Suppliers should  handle Erroneous Transfers in instances they are not responded to and also what action to take if a customer changes their mind and decides to stay with the erroneous Supplier. IREG noted that any change would be considered under the REC, but that the requirements should be handled in the remaining life span of the MRA.

IREG discussed the primary solutions proposed in the MIF, agreeing that an update could be made to the current wording of MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) 10 and SPAA Schedule 10 to obligate the losing/gaining Suppliers to actively cancel an Erroneous Transfer (ET).

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

 

MIF341 – ‘MAP 10 and MAP 08 Telephone Escalations’

IREG discussed MIF341 which was raised to address the instances where phone lines are mandated for Erroneous Transfers and Agreed Reads and to decide whether these were still required. Currently, MRA Agreed Procedures (MAP) 10 and MAP 08 mandate suppliers to provide phone lines for queries and escalations.

IREG discussed whether the phonelines should still be mandated for instances such as Erroneous Transfers and Agreed Reads, as many Suppliers had withdrawn theirs due to the recent Covid 19 arrangements. It was agreed that there was still a use case for keeping the phoneline in place for escalations on SDEP noting that a possible solution could be to update the existing wording in the MAPs to relax the obligation to make the phonelines optional as long as a Data Flow was sent first.

IREG discussed the timescales for the MIF, noting that any formal progression would be a consideration for the Retail Energy Code (REC) due to the limited time remaining under the MRA. In the interim, Gemserv agreed to work with the Proposer to draft updated wording for the MAP’s and to provide a further update at the next IREG meeting on 8th April 2021.

MIF340 – ‘Bulk Change of ECOES User Information’

IREG were introduced to MIF340 which was raised to address the issue that, within ECOES, and by extension the SDEP, there is no current functionality to change user info in bulk and is proposing an automated potential solution via the Application Programming Interface (API), a Comma Separated Value file (.csv) upload, or a HyperText Markup Language (html) solution. 

IREG discussed the solutions and agreed that the level of requirements needed could not be delivered in time for the June 2021 Release deadline, but suggested that the development should  be carried out in the interim before being progressed in a future release under the REC.

A further update would be provided at the next IREG meeting

MIF338 – ‘Related MPAN Definition’

IREG were updated on MIF338, which was raised from recent discussions held at the Related Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) subgroup of the DWG where parties had reported being unclear on the method for knowing what makes MPANs related or not.

IREG discussed the next steps noting that individual views from a selection of Suppliers would be useful in identifying how their processes work and to build a useful data library that industry could use as guidance.

A further update will  be provided at the next IREG meeting.

MIF339 – Related MPAN Erroneous Transfers

IREG discussed 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.

IREG noted that the issue was not only confined to Erroneous Transfers as it also has implications for the Debt Assignment Protocol (DAP) arrangements, therefore the group agreed that the issue should be raised at the next RDUG meeting and, in the interim, an update to the current wording of MIF339 to incorporate the arrangements for DAP, could be prepared for further discussion at the next IREG meeting.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th April 2021.

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.

MRASCo Newsletter – January 2021

Please find attached the MRA Newsletter January 2021 containing the latest news and updates from the MRA.

Anyone can opt to receive future versions of the newsletter by completing the form on the front page of the MRASCo website.

If you have feedback on how to improve the newsletter going forward, we would love to hear from you!

IREG Update January 2021

IREG met on the 13th January 2021 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 that the draft design document had been returned by the SDEP Technical Service Provider (TSP) and would be shared with parties for review ahead of a technical workshop meeting which was currently scheduled for 27th January 2021. Industry parties would be informed as soon as arrangements were finalised.

Open SDEP MIFs and Issues Update:

MIF331 – ‘SDEP User Reporting’

IREG noted that the Impact Assessment was still with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) after Gemserv had provided them with further information. An update would be provided once the IA has been returned.

Implementation/Transition issues with the SDEP

IREG were informed that the log of issues was currently with the ECOES TSP for consideration and that an update would be provided once the IA had been returned.

MIF335 – MSN History Details available on ECOES

IREG noted that the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) and MRASCo Board had approved the funding for MIF335 and that the change would be incorporated in the February 2021 Release. IREG agreed to close MIF335.

MIF337 – ‘Inserting an Import/Export MPAN indicator in the ECOES API’

IREG were introduced to MIF337 which seeks to insert an import/export indicator into the ECOES API for clearer identification of the Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) types.

IREG discussed a two -part solution, agreeing that a Change Request should be raised to address part one – to insert the indicator in the ECOES API to address the first part under the MRA. IREG recommended that part two – to update the MPAS/ECOES interface to include the Data Item held in MPAS into the Data Flow to replace the derived indicator in the GUI and API, should be addressed after Central Switching Service (CSS) go-live under the Retail Energy Code (REC). IREG agreed to close MIF337.

MIF338 – ‘Related MPAN Definition’

IREG discussed MIF338 which was raised following discussions held at the Data Working Group (DWG), where parties reported being unclear on the existing method for identifying if MPANs are related or not.

IREG discussed the options for making the Related MPAN guidance clearer for industry to follow, noting that an existing guidance document produced by Energy UK, should be reviewed by the DWG as an interim measure and until the guidance currently under consultation for the REC could be shared. It was noted that the DWG would be updated on the IREG discussions at its January 2021 meeting, and that a further update on the outcomes would be provided to IREG at its February 2021 meeting.

SPF109 – New BSC Data Flow for P375 

IREG reviewed SPF109 which seeks to introduce a new DTC Data Flow for the Half Hourly Data Collectors (HHDC) to send to Settlement Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA) to be used in Settlement. It was noted that the new Data Flows would not impact Suppliers or Distributers, as the Data Flows were only being re-purposed for HH and Meter Operation, however there could be some impact for Meter Operators (MOPs).

IREG noted the update and acknowledged that the next steps would be for the MRA Development Board (MDB) to discuss the proposal further and for the P375 Expert Group to report back to IREG if a future solution were required for development.

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