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Special IREG Update April 2018

IREG met on 18th April 2018 and discussed MIF248 – Delays with Plot Addresses being updated.

The group reviewed the output of the draft extracts and reports, that shows instances of addresses that exist in Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) containing ‘plot’, ‘PL’ and ‘PC’,. The report provides detailed information per Supplier and per Distribution Business. IREG agreed that the initial focus should be on instances of ‘plot’ only, as ‘PL’ and ‘PC’ exist in small volumes and will be more complex to cleanse. Some duplicate records had also been identified in the initial set of records and IREG were notified that these had been caused by multiple Meter Serial Numbers (MSN) existing on a Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN). IREG agreed that the report should be re-run to exclude the duplicates and to identify ‘plot’ instances only.

The totals from the re-run report will be utilised to send the base-line figures to Ofgem. Quarterly progress reporting will then be provided.

The draft process steps to be included in MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) 09 (Standard Address Format and Guidance Notes for Address Maintenance) were reviewed. IREG recommended various changes and agreed that the updated drafting would be reviewed at the IREG meeting in May. A further addition to MAP09 was identified, to define how plot addresses should be held in the Metering Point Address fields. This will standardise how plot addresses are applied across parties and allow future identification of the instances to be easier.

A proposal for data cleanse comparison, from the Technical Service Provider, was considered but IREG confirmed that it was not required at this time.

IREG Update April 2018

IREG met on 11th April 2018 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs):

MIF219 – Full Review of Working Practice Product Set

IREG was presented with updates on the review of the Working Practices (WP) and agreed that:

  • WP 21 (Provision of Metering Point Changes to Agents) – some rules could be added to MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) 09 (Address maintenance using the Standard Address Format) and then to remove the WP. When updating MAP09, to ensure a complete process is captured it agreed that the processes associated with the D0171 (Notification of Distributor Changes to Metering Point Details) and D0131 (Metering Point Address Details) are included.
  • WP77 (Identification of New Agent on flow D0170) –the rules for this are already captured in the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Procedures therefore the WP could be removed.
  • WP100 (Termination/Cancellation Dates on Agent Appointment) – that the notes from the WP should be moved to Annex C of the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) and then remove the WP.
  • The next WPs for review should be:
    • WP9 (Related Metering Points)
    • WP33 (Providing Customer Details to the Distributor during Registration); and
    • WP34 (Termination of New Supplier Agents during the Objection Process).

It was highlighted that some WP are referred to in the MRA Agreed Procedures (MAPs). The references need to be addressed alongside the assessment of the WPs.

MIF238 – Changes to WP152 Requesting Additional or New MPANs

IREG reviewed the proposed changes to the Electricity Central Online Enquire Service (ECOES) and the Change Proposals (CPs) to take forward the solution identified under this MIF.

IREG noted that the D0168 (Request for Additional/New MPAN Core(s)) could still be sent out up to the implementation of the CPs and there will still be a need to respond with to D0169 (Allocation of New/Additional MPAN Core(s)). It therefore suggested the following implementation approach for the two the DTC CPs:

  • remove the D0168 flow in November 2018 to align with implementing the new process; and
  • remove the D0169 flow in February 2019 to allow for responses to the D0168 up to this date.

It was discussed that the changes will only be made against ECOES2 therefore removing the flows would require participants to have migrated to ECOES2 to be compliant with the MAP. IREG agreed to the need to review the new process six-months after implementation of the new MAP.

IREG noted the need to have the funding for the ECOES2 changes approved by the MRA Board. The CPs will be submitted to MRA Development Board (MDB) April 2018. A change to remove the WP152 (Requesting Additional or New MPANs) will be submitted if the current CP is accepted.

MIF252 – Use of D0135, D0126 and D0368 Flows in Gas First Only Scenarios

IREG noted that this issue was discussed at another industry workshop. The Proposer is waiting for the outputs of that workshop before the MIF can be progressed.

MIF253 – Adding Estimated Annual Consumption (EAC) to ECOES

The Proposer advised that they were awaiting an update on this issue from internal colleagues.

MIF255 – Raising NHH Export MPANs for Smart

IREG reviewed the CPs and draft redlining, identifying some final amendments. The Proposer intends to submit the CPs in time for discussion at MDB April 2018.

MIF257– Meter Serial Number not on DCC Inventory

IREG commented on the draft CPs and red-lining. The Proposer intends to submit the CPs in time for discussion at MDB April 2018. Due to the timescales and changes to introduce changes to the DTC that will require party system changes, the implementation date was recommended to be February 2019.

MIF258 – Near Time Improvements to Electricity Meter Technical Details

The Chair summarised the outcomes of the Special IREG held on 28th March 2018.

IREG noted that the MRA Security Committee (MSC) has recommended a privacy impact assessment (PIA) for a full comparison of data, subject to MRA Board approving the funding.

ECOES2 Update

IREG noted that testing phase 2 functionally has progressed and the functionality will shortly be made available to those migrated to ECOES2. It was noted that more communication is required on progress.

IREG noted that some additional comments on ECOES2 User Requirement Specification (URS) have been received after the Special IREG that walked through the changes. All comments will be addressed in a final version of the URS and circulated with a comments review sheet detailing how the comment has been addressed. It considered what process was required to approve the URS and agreed to put the ECOES URS on the May IREG agenda for final approval.

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.

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.

Special ECOES IREG Update March 2018

A Special IREG meeting  took place on 6th March 2018 and discussed the following:

ECOES2 Development

The group was given an update on the current position of the developments of phase 2 which are currently in test and expected to be released at the end of March.

A paper had been provided outlining some of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) considerations and data items held within the current ECOES1 version, such as “Date of Birth” and “Payroll Number”. These were proposed as not required due to being seen as “personal data”. One party noted they used the Payroll Number and it would be helpful to understand if other parties use either of these fields. If used, some action will need to be taken if the parties are slow in migrating from ECOES1.

IREG noted that there could be challenges for some parties who are yet to migrate to ECOES2 in meeting an end date of May 2018, if that was a desired outcome to meet GDPR needs. Notification may be required from MRA Executive Committee (MEC) to highlight any risks or potential non-compliance.

IREG discussed the letters produced by the Distribution Network Operators highlighting that all letters are still held in ECOES1, whereas in ECOES2 a change has been introduced to delete the letters after 7 calendar days. Again, if migration from ECOES1 is delayed a process will need to be added in to delete all the letters held, and then implement a weekly check to delete any new letters produced.

IREG discussed the 3 options provided on Access Controls for ECOES2. The group noted that although the ideal would be to have one option as ECOES is a central system, the reality was that many users who access ECOES may have company emails for internal use only. Thus, some options were still needed and it should be for each company to decide which option they choose in managing users and passwords, and it is for each company to manage their own GDPR and IT security arrangements.

IREG noted that the User Requirement Specification (USR) would need to be updated based on previous discussions on the Access Controls along with some checks on spelling and grammar. Some process areas were highlighted that require a wider post-implementation review such as Non-Domestic Customers (NDC), MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) 14 (Procedure for the Allocation of Pre-Payment Metering (PPM) Payments Transacted Against an Incorrect Device and the D0312 (Notification of Meter Information to ECOES). IREG agreed for an updated URS covering all the agreed amendments will be issued as part of the post meeting documentation for review and final comment.

Next standard meeting

IREG will next meet on 14th March 2018.

IREG Update February 2018

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

MIF219 – Full Review of Working Practice Product Set

IREG was presented with updates on the review of the Working Practices (WP) and agreed that:

  • WP76 can be progressed to a Change Proposal (CP) to remove it from the WPPS.
  • WP122 and WP146 should be considered in line with MIF238 and MIF255.

The solutions proposed by Prepayment Metering Forum (PPMF) for the Pre-payment WPs should be progressed, including consultation with the Association of Meter Operators (AMO) and ELEXON where required.

A review of the outstanding items is now required to identify the next WP to be reviewed.

MIF231 – ECOES Search Facility

IREG noted that the new functionality has been implemented and the maximum search value be left at 600. The MIF will be closed.

MIF238 – Changes to WP152 Requesting Additional or New MPANs

IREG walked through the solution proposal for changes to the Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES). Several questions and 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 then be required to develop a MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP), incorporating the new ECOES functionality.

MIF247 – ECOES Password reset access

The TSP had confirmed that the changes could be delivered without any release costs if progressed as part of ECOES2. The proposal was agreed ex-committee and funding was approved by MEC/Board. This MIF will be closed.

MIF251 – Review of DTC CP 3529 Provision of Last Meter Inspection Date

The proposed solution was discussed and a few minor amendments were identified. It was agreed that with these amendments the CP should be submitted to the MRA Development Board (MDB) and the MIF be closed.

MIF252 – Use of D0135, D0126 and D0368 Flows in Gas First/Only Scenarios

Several approaches to enable Gas Meter Asset Managers (MAM) to report asset condition codes via an electricity Meter operator (MOP) were discussed, with the solution proving quite complex. As no quantification of the size of the issue was included in the MIF, IREG was unable to assess the benefit vs cost of any of the approaches. IREG noted that there would be complexities on who the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) would charge for the work carried out. The Proposer was requested to obtain further information from the Distribution Connection and Use of Systems Agreement (DCUSA) Interventions Working Group (IWG).

MIF253 – Improving  Accuracy of Customers’ Annual Consumption at Point of Sale

This issue was to improve customer switching and calculation of consumer costs, it is looking to align with the gas change already in to have the Annual Quantity (AQ) available. IREG noted that the Ofgem Code Review is looking at moving to mandatory Half Hourly metering and settlement, which would negate the need to use EAC/Annualise Advance. It was suggested that the Average EACs from Market Domain Data (MDD) could be used as an alternative. The Proposer was requested to consider the long-term requirement for this issue and the feedback received.

MIF254 – Review of J1839 ‘SMETS Version’

This was a new MIF that was raised by the Smart Energy Code Company (SECCo) after the MDB meeting in December 2017. It looked to investigate MRA impacts and solutions required to accommodate the new Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specification (SMETS) version control rules. Two Data Items (J1839 and J0483) were discussed and it was agreed that there was no benefit in making changes to the format of these Data Items, as they are not used to identify the SMETS version presently. Firmware information would be sourced direct from the Data and Communications Company (DCC). Instead, an update to the descriptions used in these Data Items was agreed to be progressed to a CP and the MIF closed.

MIF255 – Raising NHH Export MPANs for Smart

This issue looks to implement defined response time for Distribution Businesses (DBs) to respond to 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. It was noted that some of these may be bulk requests for new NHH Export MPANs from Suppliers to DBs. It was recognised that the proposed solution for MIF238 could support this MIF also, and that any MAP amendments would have to be co-ordinated for both MIFs. The Proposer agreed to draft a straw man for the processes in consultation with a DB representative, including single and bulk requests.

MIF256 – Data Flow changes to facilitate P354

This was a new MIF raised after December’s MDB, by ELEXON. It looks to progress changes to the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) required to support the solution for Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Modification Proposal P354. It was agreed that the proposed solution should go to CP and the MIF be closed.

ECOES

The updates to the User Requirement Specification (URS) for ECOES Phase 1 were reviewed. Concerns were raised regarding compliance with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) of the URS in its entirety. It was agreed that a GDPR assessment should be completed followed by a Special IREG meeting scheduled to complete the review of the full URS following the assessment.

Special IREG Update January 2018

IREG met on 31st January 2018 and discussed the following:

MIF248 – Plot Addresses

Xoserve presented an overview of the data cleanse exercise being undertaken in the Gas market, to update Plot Address data held in UK Link. The group discussed similarities and processes that could be useful for a similar exercise on the Electricity data.

The requirements and source of reporting were agreed, including content and frequency for Ofgem. It was requested that a solution proposal be obtained from the service provider. Once received, a request will be sent to the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) for funding approval.

The draft Request For Information (RFI) questions were reviewed. It was agreed that following the updates discussed during the meeting, the RFI would be issued to stakeholders.

Members agreed that a proposal for MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) steps to standardise the data cleanse and define time scales would be developed before being circulated to all parties for comment, via Huddle.

Next meeting

IREG will next meet on 14th February 2018.

IREG Update December 2017

IREG met on 13th December 2017 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs):

MIF219 – Full Review of Working Practice Product Set

IREG were presented with updates on the review of the Working Practices (WP) and agreed that:

 

  • WP7 can be progressed to CP to remove it from the WPPS.
  • WP107, WP125 and WP144 investigation should be carried out to confirm that they should be included in Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) configurable items or guidance.

The following WPs will be reviewed next – WP76 and WP122.

 

MIF238 – Changes to WP152 Requesting Additional or New MPANs

IREG noted that the proposal is to change the current process and use ECOES2 to facilitate requests for additional or new MPANs. This is could make the D0168 and D0169 Data Flows redundant. IREG requested that Gemserv seek an initial impact assessment from the ECOES service provider to determine the estimated costs of implementing the solution and any alternatives. IREG also requested that the Data Transfer Service provider identify the total number of D0168 and D0169 Data Flows are received; and the total number of requests for MPANs contained in these flows. It acknowledging that a large proportion are requested via email.

 

MIF240 – Missing Register Mapping Coefficient for Non-Settlement Meter on D0367

IREG noted that the Proposer has closed the MIF following advice received by MRASCo from ELEXON. It recommended against updating the D0367 Data Flow as the two metering arrangements described in BSC Procedure (BSCP) 516 are likely to persist into the smart arrangements. The non-settlement registers were included in the D0150 and D0149 Data Flows to allow the NHHDC to read the registers. For DCC-serviced SMETS v2.0 meters, the Supplier can retrieve non-settlement registers directly from the meter.

 

MIF246 – Review of MAP04 process for full and Selective refreshes

IREG advised that MAP04 is not clear and many parties avoid using it as it can be an expensive process to follow and compliance with BSC settlement drivers outweighed any benefit of using the process. The Proposer advised that the MIF should be closed therefore, IREG recommended that a CP should be raised to remove WP16; and that the detail not be added to MAP04 nor the DTC.

 

MIF247 – ECOES Password reset access

IREG agreed that the User Maintenance function should remain as is, but that a new ‘Password Reset’ function be created. The requirement and cost will be investigated with the technical service provider.

 

MIF249 – Review of the Distribution of Unallocated Transactions in MAP14

IREG agreed that the process for distribution of unallocated prepayment transactions was unclear. It noted that two PPMIPs had interpreted the process differently, which is inconsistent with how others have interpreted it for this year’s activity. IREG agreed to that some additional steps were required throughout the procedure including positive confirmation from the PPMIP that the data is complete. A Proposer was identified to raise a CP to take this forward in time for the 2018 run.

 

MIF250 – Review of the D0268 ‘Half Hourly Meter Technical Details’ Data Flow

IREG provided comments on the various changes to the D0268 Data Flow identified in the MIF. The Proposer will update the solution after taking in to consideration the feedback, with the aim of a second review of red-lined changes at the January IREG.

Special IREG Update November 2017

A Special IREG met on 22nd November 2017 to discuss MRA Issue (MIF): MIF248 – Plot Addresses.

The IREG agreed several recommendations to the MRA Executive Committee (MEC). These included:

  • providing guidance (to later be included in a new MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) on sources of data for validation and how best to cleanse data;
  • issuing a request for information;
  • reporting against addresses where ‘plot’ is contained in lines one to three of the address; and another for where post codes are incomplete (and are not unmetered); and

further meetings of IREG to take the above forward, with coordination with Xoserve and potential cross-code meetings to find common solutions to address the symptoms and in the long term, underlying causes

IREG Update November 2017

IREG met on 8th November 2017 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs):

Special IREG meeting for MIF248 – Plot Addresses

IREG requested that a special IREG meeting be organised to be held on Wednesday 22nd November 2017. Notification will be sent via the IREG Huddle workspace and regular IREG members will be ensuring any business experts are notified and invited accordingly.

 

MIF244 – Review SPF102 following Impact Assessment

IREG discussed the draft redlined changes to Data Item J0385 (Communications Address), Data Flow D0268 (Half Hourly Meter Technical Details) and Annex C Rules for the D0268 and agreed with the additional points made and that the Proposer should proceed to Change Proposal (CP).  It was requested that the CP be submitted in January 2018, to allow review (under another MIF) of other items associated to the D0268 and any necessary resulting adjustments to be captured.

 

MIF236 – DTC Annex C – Wording not mandating population of data items

IREG reviewed the responses to a Request for Information and noted that all instances of ‘should’ identified in Annex C for the following Data Flows could be changed to ‘shall’: D0055, D0148, D0205, D0268, D0300, D0301, D0303, D0312, D0313 (see DTC for flow names). These instances will be included in a CP that will also look to introduce a contents page to Annex C.

The instances of ‘should’ in Annex C for the D0225 and the D0367 require further investigation to determine if they need to be changed to ‘shall’.

 

MIF237 – ETWG Contract Manager Guidance

A revised version of the guidance document was reviewed and no comments were received on the draft wording. Following a minor update to the Appendix and final confirmation from the Erroneous Transfers Working Group (ETWG), IREG agreed it would be ready to be included in the accession information sent to new MRA parties.

 

MIF239 – Permissible symbols included in email addresses sent through the DTN

Following review of data provided by ElectraLink showing the instances of invalid characters sent via the DTN, it was determined that the volume of rejections is insignificant compared to the transactions sent across the DTN. No significant issues were identified and therefore IREG agreed no action was required and the MIF could be closed.

 

MIF242 – Notification to Supplier of a Customer Preferred Agent’s contact end

ELEXON presented an overview that looks to address issues where a Customer’s direct contract with an agent (Meter Operator/Data Collector/Data Aggregator) ends and the Supplier is not notified in time, so that it can either change the agent or agree terms with the existing agent. IREG advised that as agents are not a party to the MRA but are governed under the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Procedures, an addition to the BSC is the correct solution.

 

MIF243 – Adding Supplier as recipient of D0005 ‘Instruction on Action’ Data Flow

IREG agreed that the proposed solution for this MIF – to add an instance of the D0005 Data Flow from Meter Operator (MOP) to Supplier – would improve the process for Suppliers and MOPs. An associated BSC change will be required with the MRA DTC change and should be progressed in line.

 

MIF245 – DTC Annex D use of ‘Not Used’ as the description of a valid value

IREG discussed the instances of valid values with a description of “Not Used”. It was identified that these values have been purposely left in the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) and set to ‘Not used’ to allow historic instances of the value to still be transmitted. It was not thought that any of the instances are currently causing issues and therefore a change was not deemed to be beneficial.

 

MIF246 – Review of MAP04 process for full and Selective refreshes

The Proposer requested that this be rescheduled to the December IREG meeting.

 

MIF247 – ECOES Password reset access

IREG agreed that splitting out the password reset access would be useful for parties and that the requirement and cost should be investigated with the technical service provider.

 

MIF219 – Full Review of Working Practice Product

IREG were presented with updates on the review of the Working Practices (WP) and agreed that:

  • WP144 and WP147 can be progressed to CP to remove them from the WPPS.
  • WP150 will be progressed to CP to add rules to Annex C and remove the WP.
  • WP6 – the proposer will investigate aligning the MRA and BSC.

The following Working Practices will be reviewed next – WP7, WP107 and WP125.

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