IREG Update March 2018

IREG met on 14th March 2018 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs):

MIF219 – Full Review of Working Practice Product Set

IREG deferred the paper until its April 2018 meeting.

MIF238 – Changes to WP152 Requesting Additional or New MPANs

IREG walked through the updated solution proposal for changes to the Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) to address comments received at the previous IREG walkthrough. Additional adjustments were identified. The Proposer agreed to raise these with the Technical Service Provider (TSP). Once the requirements have been finalised a quote will be obtained for approval of central funding. Further work will also be required to develop a MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP), incorporating the new ECOES functionality.

MIF243 – Adding Supplier as recipient of D0005 Data Flow

The Proposer advised IREG that this MIF was still on hold, pending a new MIF which will supersede it to review the fault process.

MIF248 – Plot Addresses

IREG noted that the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) had approved the ECOES reporting, along with the provision of the underlying scripts to parties. Another Special IREG will meet to consider the outputs and other actions associated with the MIF.

MIF253 – Adding Estimated Annual Consumption (EAC) to ECOES

This issue seeks to improve customer switching and calculation of consumer costs, and looking to align with the gas change already implemented to have the Annual Quantity (AQ) available. The Proposer advised IREG that they are still to consider IREGs comments from February’s meeting. IREG were advised that although the EAC may not exist after 2020, that this MIF might raise a short-term change, or the MIF might be withdrawn. The Proposer advised IREG that an update will be provided at April’s IREG meeting.

MIF255 – Raising NHH Export MPANs for Smart

This issue looks to implement defined response times for Distribution Businesses to respond to following a request for a new Non-Half-Hourly (NHH) Export Meter Point Access Number (MPAN). A higher volume of these is expected as part of the Smart Meter roll-out, to allow Suppliers to correctly manage microgeneration export. IREG walked through a ‘strawman’ of a new MAP, providing comments for the Proposer’s consideration. The IREG suggested that the Proposer raise a Change Proposal (CP) to take the changes forward, mindful of the timescales of progressing and implementing the CP if it has the targeted November 2018 implementation date.

MIF257– Meter Serial Number not on DCC Inventory

Meter Serial Number (MSN) is used on many Data Flows to provide a link between a meter and Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN). For Data and Communications Company (DCC) enrolled meters that data is unavailable on the DCC inventory, so when a Change of Supplier (CoS) occurs, it cannot be provided to agents to ensure the correct meter is linked to the MPAN. This MIF seeks to add the Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) to certain Data Flows so that the relationship is established. IREG noted that a similar solution was considered under the Smart Energy Code (SEC); all be it, to include the MSN in the DCC. However, this was rejected on cost grounds, even though it was supported by the industry.

Two options were presented by the Proposer. IREG commented on these, which the Proposer will consider and look to bring the CP drafting back to the April IREG meeting for comment and look to go out for Impact Assessment at the April MDB meeting too.

MIF258 – Near Time Improvements to Electricity Meter Technical Details

IREG noted that MIF258 was raised following a request of the Ofgem Switching Programme and the MRA Executive Committee (MEC). It seeks views on the potential scope and approach for reconciling electricity Meter Technical Details (MTDs) held in Suppliers and Meter Operators (MOP) own systems with those held in the ECOES. This near-term reconciliation seeks to address potential inconsistencies and obsolete MTD records that could have a negative impact on the reliability of consumer switching and billing, prior to the implementation of the new switching arrangements. The MIF also seeks consideration of dual fuel in any reconciliation exercise; and steps to ensure that the MTD quality is maintained on an enduring basis following the first reconciliation exercise(s).

IREG agreed that a Special IREG should consider this, with input from the Association of Meter Operators. IREG agreed that this Special IREG should meet on 28th March 2018, where the scope of activities will be determined.

MIF259 – Update Contact Types and their Mandatory Status

IREG noted that following the completion of actions to address MIF218 (MRA Industry Contacts); and ongoing maintenance of contact records by the Contract Manager, a validation and cross-check of the Contact Types that now exist in the Industry Contacts Database was performed against the equivalent SPAA schedules. This included identifying if the contact type was Optional or Mandatory for Suppliers and/or Distribution Businesses.

IREG commented on the appendix, which details the current list of Contact Types. This included:

  • Concern that smaller parties will have the same contacts at all levels, which in times of absence can cause issues. However, it was noted that most will have out of office notification with alternate contacts.
  • Noted that additional contacts were added to align with the SPAA; requested that it be raised with SPAA that it carry out a similar exercise.
  • Concern that parties that have completed Controlled Market Entry (CME) have not updated contact details where the company has been sold on.

IREG agreed to issue a request for information (RFI) after Easter and consider the responses at its May meeting.