Special IREG March Update 2018

IREG met on 28th March 2018 and discussed the following:

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). The MIF seeks short-term improvements in Meter Technical Details (MTD) data quality by the end of 2018, as well as consideration of any longer term or preventative measures that could be introduced. Representatives from Ofgem, the Association of Meter Operators (AMO) and Meter Operators (MOP)s were present for the discussions.

The group discussed at length the scope of the reconciliation, what the definition of MTD was and what was achievable by the end of the year. Some potential quick win scenarios were agreed, where combinations of Data Items held in Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) would suggest an error or mismatch exists.

The D0312 (Notification of Meter Information to ECOES) Data Flow and its associated processes, including rejections was also discussed. Investigations by some members of IREG on some of the existing rejected D0312s had been inconclusive regarding the actual cause of the failure. Some more analysis was requested by IREG, on the rejection methodology in place for each of the eight rejection types.

It was agreed that a Request for Information (RFI) will be issued to obtain wider engagement on the Data Items validated ahead of a customer switch, the use of the MTC and how the D0132 processes are utilised. Some analysis will also be undertaken to identify if Parties and their Agents are using the D0132 functions available in ECOES.

Following debate on potential comparisons that could be done between data held in ECOES and that held by Suppliers and/or MOPs, an issue with access to the data sets to do the analysis and compliance with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) was highlighted. IREG agreed that this should be taken to the MRA Security Committee (MSC) for advice on the security and data protection implications of accessing data for the work required.