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.