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MEC Update – September 2018

MEC last met on 25th September 2018, key headlines from the meeting include:

  • MEC received an update from Ofgem on the development of the Retail Energy Code (REC), including the approach to develop the REC in three stages. Ofgem noted that the full REC was likely to be delivered towards summer 2021. REC v1.0 is expected to come into effect in January 2019, preceded by a statutory consultation on licence modifications in October 2018. MEC has agreed that a contingency should be reserved in the MRASCo Budget for 2019/20 to provide continuity of funding for the Ofgem-procured programme coordinator, although this funding will only be required if the plan for the establishment of the RECCo is disrupted.
  • MEC received an update from the ongoing activity to establish a Performance Assurance Board for Erroneous Transfers in MRA and SPAA. MEC has recommended an approach that will see engagement with parties in October 2018, at a session that will agree an approach to realising the establishment of an ETPAB by July 2019, through identification of changes to the relevant codes.
  • MEC agreed a funding request from IREG for a data cleanse of the D0312 (Notification of Meter Information to ECOES) reports from ECOES, identified as beneficial to improvements under MIF261 (D0312 Quick Wins).
  • MEC received an update from the Secure Communications Work Group and agreed funding for legal advice on the GDPR implications of the transfer between industry parties of personal data via email.
  • MEC signed off the first edition of the new MRASCo Newsletter, which was sent out to all registered Contract Managers and Change Administrators on 26th September. They will also be stored on the website as some companies highlighted security issues with clicking on links within emails.

The next MEC meeting will be held on 30th October 2018.

MEC Update: August 2018

Please find the update from the MEC meeting held on 21st August 2018:

Following the confirmation of MEC representatives for the period from 1st September 2018, Adam
Carden (SSE) was nominated and elected as the new Chair of MEC and Chairman of the MRASCo
Board. Adam replaces Alex Travell who has stepped down as a Supplier MEC representative and
Chair of MEC after a period of eight years. The new MEC representatives are Adam Carden, Kevin
Woollard (Supplier representatives), Martin Hewitt (Distribution Business representative), Nigel Perdue
(BSC Agent representative), Lorna Mallon, Alex Travell (alternate Supplier representatives), and
Tracey Pitcher (alternate Distribution Business representative). The alternate BSC Agent
representative is to be confirmed.

Ofgem advised MEC that the left-to-right plan for the Switching Programme had been agreed
internally and was being prepared for distribution to industry, with a target of end August 2018.
Ofgem noted that 37 responses had been received to its consultation on the Retail Energy
Code (REC); key issues identified during consultation focused on governance over operational
risks. Ofgem confirmed it had initiated a project led by PwC to look at consequential impacts
of the REC on industry systems and codes, and meetings between PwC and all Code
Administrators were being arranged.

MEC received an update with respect to the activity being undertaken by the Faster Switching
Expert Group (FSEG). FSEG had met twice and considered strawmen scenarios, with drafting
of Change Proposals advancing. MEC accepted that an extra meeting of MDB may be
necessitated to accelerate the progress of relevant Change Proposals through the change
process. There was some suggestion that the work under FSEG may be impacted by an
Ofgem position to bring workgroup activity in house, following discussion with industry code
administrators. However, no decision has been formalised yet, and MEC is keen to maintain
the momentum within FSEG. MEC is proposing to write to all Contract Managers to encourage
participation in the ongoing Distribution Business address data cleanse exercise, following
feedback that some parties are not fully engaging in the process. One party considered that
two-way cooperation was required, as some Distribution Business communication to Suppliers
who were engaging had not been sufficient.

MEC agreed the accession applications of five new Supplier parties: Perle Energy, Simcoe
Energy, Tillicum Energy, Willamette Energy, and Zythos Energy.

MEC received an update from the Secure Communications Work Group (SCWG), which had
met for the first time on 31st July 2018. MEC was asked to receive and agree the drafted ToR,
which it did subject to a small number of corrections and clarifications. The next meeting of the
SCWG would be held on 13th September 2018 and would review the data exchanged between
parties for all processes under the MRA and SPAA, to review whether the communication
methods mandated under code are appropriately and proportionately secure, prior to the
identification of standardised solutions of data transfer.

MEC received an update on the work being undertaken to establish an Erroneous Transfers
Performance Assurance Board (ETPAB) under the MRA and SPAA. MEC received a
proposed ToR but raised some concerns about how the proposed measures and powers
being provided to the ETPAB were underpinned within the MRA and SPAA. MEC has asked
Gemserv and ElectraLink to provide accelerated feedback on points raised to allow MEC and
the SPAA EC to make decisions on the progress of this group ahead of the next meetings.

MEC agreed that Iresa Limited had become a Defaulting party under MRA Clause 36,
following the appointment of administrators. MEC has withdrawn the rights of Iresa Limited to
vote under the MRA and receive MPAS Services.

MEC was advised that Gemserv is developing a new MRASCo Newsletter – to be published to
all MRA parties and key stakeholders every other month. The Newsletter is intended to
become a key channel of communication, including news on key MRASCo projects, change
release information, system developments and meeting updates. The first newsletter will be
published on 26th September 2018.

MEC Update: July 2018

MEC last met on 26th July 2018, the following was discussed at the meeting:

  • Received an update from Ofgem regarding the Retail Energy Code (REC) Governance. This
    included:
    o REC v1.0 is currently being consulted on (May – June 2018);
    o the draft of the REC v2.0 is due to be completed by September 2018.
    o October 2018 to March 2019 will see the consequential changes to existing codes to
    be progressed through the Significant Code Review (SCR).
  • Heard a switching reform update and noted the details regarding the REC v1.0 consultation.
  • Agreed the Consolidate Outcome Report for one new Supplier.
  • Heard a summary of the Erroneous Transfers Working Group Closure Report and agreed for
    this group to be formally closed.
  • Agreed that there had been no change in the licencing arrangements in relation to the
    Ordnance Survey Costs for the Property Reference Number (UPRN) data.
  • Agreed to cancel the proposed GDAA and MRA merger workshop scheduled for Monday 2nd
    July in line with views from the GDAA Panel.

MEC Election Update

Please note the nomination period for the MEC representatives closed on 28th July 2018. The following candidates were nominated for the positions:

Supplier Representatives (max 2)

  • Adam Carden
  • Kevin Woollard

Distribution Business Representatives (max 1)

  • Martin Hewitt

BSC Representative (max 1)

  • Nigel Perdue

As the number of nominees does not exceed the maximum allowable positions, no election is required.

The above candidates will take office on 1st September 2018.

MEC Update: June 2018

MEC last met on 26th June 2018 please see below for the following updates:

  • Received an update from Ofgem regarding the Retail Energy Code (REC) Governance. This included:
    REC v1.0 is currently being consulted on (May – June 2018); and
    The draft of the REC v2.0 is due to be completed by September 2018. October 2018 to March 2019 will see the consequential changes to existing codes to be progressed through the Significant Code Review (SCR).
  • Heard a switching reform update and noted the details regarding the REC v1.0 consultation.
  • Agreed the Consolidate Outcome Report for one new Supplier.
  • Heard a summary of the Erroneous Transfers Working Group Closure Report and agreed for
    this group to be formally closed.
  • Agreed that there had been no change in the licencing arrangements in relation to the
    Ordnance Survey Costs for the Property Reference Number (UPRN) data.
  • Agreed to cancel the proposed GDAA and MRA merger workshop scheduled for Monday 2nd
    July in line with views from the GDAA Panel.

MEC Update: May 2018

The MRASCo Executive Committee (MEC) last met on 29th May 2018.

Headlines from MEC included:

  • MEC agreed an accession application from one new Supplier party to the MRA
    (Utilistream Direct Ltd);
  • MEC agreed one application for access to ECOES for a Price Comparison Website; and
  • MEC received a verbal update from the Erroneous Transfers Working Group (ETWG). It is
    anticipated that the Closure Report for ETWG will be provided ahead of the next MEC
    meeting.

MEC Election Timetable

We are approaching the time of year when the MEC elections take place. A timetable is provided below for your information:

 

Event Date
Deadline for nominations for MEC membership 28th June
Publication of candidate list 5th July
Deadline for receipt of votes (if voting required) 26th July
Deadline for BSC Member appointment 9th August
Notification of successful candidates published 9th August
Candidates take office 1st September

MEC Update: April 2018

The last MEC meeting was held on 24th April 2018, please find a summary of the updates from the meeting below:

  • MEC received an update from the Ofgem Innovation Link. MEC agreed to recommend
    implementation of a new principle to the Code Administration Code of Practice (CACoP),
    directing Code Administrators to support prospective innovators in the energy market through
    provision of guidance and support;
  • MEC agreed accession applications from five new Supplier parties to the MRA;
  • MEC agreed to proceed with functional changes to ECOES developed by IREG to support a
    solution to MIF238 – Changes to WP152 Requesting Additional or New MPANs, subject to
  • MDB agreeing the associated MAP and DTC CPs, and IREG agreeing an implementation plan
    for the changes to ECOES;
  • MEC agreed to establish a specialist workgroup to address issues arising from the Faster,
    More Reliable Switching Programme that had been brought to IREG for resolution. MEC has
    asked Gemserv to draft terms of reference for the workgroup, to be agreed with IREG, prior to
    commencing the full programme of work;
  • MEC agreed to proceed with a Privacy Impact Assessment to support MIF258 – Near Time
    Improvements to Electricity Meter Technical Details, as recommended by IREG;
  • MEC considered concerns from MDB that some MRA parties were not meeting obligations set
    out in various MAPs. MEC has encouraged MRA parties to utilise the disputes process set out
    in MAP01; and
  • MEC received the MRASCo Annual Report for 2017/18, which will be uploaded to the
    MRASCo Website in due course.

MEC Update March 2018

From the MEC meeting held on 27th March 2018 the following headlines have been captured:

  • MEC has confirmed the process for the prepayment allocation run in 2018, which would cover
    an extended backstop period from 1st July 2012 to 30th June 2014. Notification for Prepayment
    Metering Infrastructure Provider (PPMIPs) to distribute funds is due to be sent in August 2018,
    with all transactions distributed before the end of September 2018. It is anticipated that this
    calendar of dates will be maintained in future years.
  • MEC has requested that Gemserv explores the establishment of formal change processes
    under MAP17 for MRA system changes – i.e. changes to ECOES and GDCC that are not
    currently governed within the existing change process.
  • MEC has agreed changes to the IREG and MRASCo Security Committee (MSC) terms of
    reference; the changes aim to improve communication and consultation between security and
    operational groups.
  • MEC accepted two applications to ECOES from Price Comparison Websites, and two
    applications for ECOES extracts from Meter Asset Providers.
  • MEC approved one application for access to the MRA from Flexitricity Ltd.
  • MEC received a presentation from ELEXON regarding progress made in the Half Hourly
    Settlement workstream. Slides would be made available via Huddle with MEC post-meeting
    papers.

MEC Update November

At the last MRASCo Executive Committee (MEC) meeting on 28th November 2017:

  • MEC received the indicative milestones for the Ofgem Switching Programme for 2018/19 and beyond, and confirmed that it would continue to support the Programme through the provision of resource/expertise;
  • MEC agreed the accession application of four new Suppliers: Albuquerque Energy, Nevada Energy, Oregon Energy and Santana Energy.
  • MEC agreed a new process for managing exceptions to the standard accession process, whereby it would sign off all exceptions on a month-by-month process;
  • MEC noted an update from the Erroneous Transfer Working Group, and challenged some elements of current thinking, including whether mandating compensation payments through MAP10 is within the vires of the MRA;
  • MEC noted Ofgem’s Call for Evidence on the Future Supply Arrangements, and will be responding to reiterate the positive steps being undertaken by MRASCo to reduce barriers for data sharing, including the development of the ECOES API and the Market Intelligence Service (MIS); and
  • MEC received a late paper following the Special IREG held on 22nd November 2017 to consider the Plot to Postal address issue. MEC agreed in principle to proceed with the recommendations of that IREG, but sought more time to consider the paper before making a formal decision.

The next meeting of MEC will be held on 19th December 2017.

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