What is the CACoP?
As part of Ofgem’s Code Governance Review, the Code Administration Code of Practice (CACoP) was established.
The CACoP is a cross energy industry Code document and aims to provide consistency in the approach and level of service associated with Codes Modification processes.
It contains 13 principles to facilitate convergence and transparency in Code Modification processes and to help protect the interests of small market participants and consumers through various means, including increased use of plain English in Change Reports.
What are the principles?
The 13 CACoP principles are summarised below:
- Code Administrators shall be critical friends;
- Documentation published by Code Administrators shall be in clear English;
- Information will be promptly and publicly available to users;
- The Code Administration Code of Practice will be reviewed periodically and subject to amendment by users;
- Code Administrators shall support processes which enable users to access a ‘pre-Modification’ process to discuss and develop Modifications;
- A proposer of a Modification will retain ownership of the detail of their solution;
- Code Administrators will facilitate alternative solutions to issues being developed to the same degree as an original solution;
- Estimates of implementation costs to central systems will be produced and consulted upon prior to a Modification being recommended for approval;
- Legal text will be produced and consulted upon prior to a Modification being recommended for approval;
- Modifications will be consulted upon and easily accessible to users, who will be given reasonable time to respond;
- There will be flexibility for implementation, to allow proportionate delivery times and realisation of benefits;
- The Code Administrator will annually report on Key Performance Indicators; and
- Code Administrators will ensure cross Code coordination to progress changes efficiently where Modifications impact multiple Codes.
Each Code Administrator takes it in turns to carry out the Secretariat function for all CACoP matters, including meetings and paper creation. This year the CACoP Secretariat is DCUSA, and you can find all relevant information here.
MRASCo must comply with the principles set out in the CACoP. The CACoP document is available to download on the Ofgem website.
In order to encourage Cross Code Engagement across the industry, please find links below detailing the changes across the Codes and their potential impacts on each other.