Issue Resolution Expert Group (IREG) January 2016 Update

IREG met on 13th January 2016, in order to discuss the following:

  • MIF 192 – Setting GSP Group on New Connection

IREG discussed an issue raised whereby new connections are set up in the wrong Grid Supply Point (GSP) Group, which are discovered sometimes over 14 months after the connections are energised.

The Group noted that there is a risk of this issue occurring where Independent DNOs set up New Connections at the boundary of a distribution area, as they may not be advised of the correct GSP Group required.

IREG agreed to issue a 10 Working Day Request For Information (RFI) to identify whether DNOs should automatically notify IDNOs of the correct GSP under the New Connections process, and how incorrect GSP Groups could be identified at an earlier date.

  • Consolidating the Objections processes – review of MAP12 drafting

The Group reviewed proposed redlined drafting for combining the Customer requested and Co-operative Objections processes into MAP12. Consequential amendments to MAP10 had also been drafted and presented for IREG consideration.

IREG recommended small changes to each of the MAPs to clarify the use of withdrawal, Objections and Erroneous Transfer processes. In addition, IREG agreed to introduce a further step into MAP12, to highlight that the New Supplier needs to requests that a Co-operative Objection is made by the Old Supplier.

IREG agreed to raise a CP to implement the drafting amendments.

  • Review of MAP09 Impact Assessment (IA) comments

MAP CP 0259 had been deferred to IREG, in order to review the IA feedback and agree the appropriate redlined drafting.

The Group reviewed the drafting of MAP09, which had been updated in line with the minor clarifications identified in the IA comments. IREG suggested some additional minor amendments and agreed for the proposed drafting to be re-issued to MDB.

  • Review of Amendments to MAP21

MAP CP 0261 had been deferred to IREG, in order to review IA comments provided by one MRA Party, which raised concerns around the materiality of some of the amendments identified through the MAP review project. IREG discussed these comments and agreed the appropriate wording to be inserted into the redlined drafting of MAP CP 0261. The updated CP will be progressed to MDB for IA.

  • MOp/ECOES data comparison exercise – review of MAP24 drafting

IREG considered drafting for a new MAP for the previously agreed comparison exercise between the metering point data held by MOps and ECOES, for Meter Serial Numbers (MSNs) featured on the Unallocated Transaction Report (UTR). IREG discussed the wording in the scope of the MAP, to ensure that the timing of the exercise is appropriate to use the latest data provided by MOps. IREG also discussed the timeline for running the report and agreed that the wording currently proposed in the MAP was appropriate for both elements.

Parties advised that an example should be included in Annex A for MSNs that do not have a meter removal date and agreed that MOps will be required to provide a blank file where their system did not contain any data for a particular MSN.

Finally, IREG agreed for the MAP to be updated as per the minor amendments agreed and progressed to CP for IA.

  • Disconnected MPAN report update

IREG reviewed the value of Unallocated Transactions for disconnected MPANs featured on the UTR, noting that some MPANs were still active, as regular vending amounts had been received. IREG noted that as Suppliers are working to investigate these MPANs, it would be beneficial to be updated of the total value of Unallocated Transactions for disconnected MPANs on the UTR on a monthly basis.

IREG agreed for the data to be added to the standing monthly prepayment allocation update paper for MDB, for parties’ visibility.

  • Secure transfer of ECOES reports – update

IREG reviewed the timescale for the ECOES DVD to be phased out while introducing the secure transfer of ECOES data via Egress. Parties highlighted that both transfer methods must be delivered in parallel for 4 months, in order to allow parties to ensure that their internal systems can be updated with the latest ECOES data should any issues occur with the new transfer method.

The Group discussed the development plan for the new transfer method and a number of parties enquired about registering to take part in the testing process. The Group was advised that if any additional members would like to carry out testing would need to advise the MRA Helpdesk by the end of January 2016.

IREG agreed to the timescale for introducing the new transfer method and the timescale for phasing out the ECOES DVD. IREG members will commence testing of the new transfer method in February 2016.