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MEC Update July 2018

MEC last met on 26th June 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.

MRA Executive Committee (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.

MRA Executive Committee 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.

MRA Executive Committee (MEC) April Update

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.

MRA Executive Committee (MEC) September Update

The following discussions took place at the last MRA Executive Committee (MEC) that was held on 24th September 2017.

Headlines included:

  • MEC would be drafting a response to the recently published Ofgem consultation “Delivering Faster and More Reliable Switching: proposed new switching arrangements”. The closing date for consultation responses was 3rd November 2017;
  • MEC approved proposals for an MRA party engagement day on the switching reforms, included prospective changes to code governance arrangements and impacts on the MRA. The session was likely to be held in late October/November 2017, and invitations would follow;
  • MEC received an update from the Erroneous Transfer Working Group, noting its support for many of the solutions under development. MEC was seeking greater detail from the group with respect to expected meeting deliverables before accepted a requested extension to the duration of the workgroup to February 2018.

The next meeting of MEC will be held on 31st October 2017.

MRA Executive Committee (MEC) August Update

During the last MEC meeting on 29th August 2017 the following was discussed:

  • MEC was proposing a webinar/seminar to educate parties on the proposals for the new switching arrangements being developed under the Faster Switching Programme. A date is to be agreed, but likely to held in October 2017;
  • MEC agreed the accession application of one new Supplier: Shell Energy Europe;
  • MEC received an update from the Erroneous Transfers Working Group (ETWG), specifically with respect to new proposals for Erroneous Transfers reporting and performance assurance. MEC is seeking assurance and justification that the proposed solutions achieve the agreed deliverables of the ETWG. A representative from ETWG would be attending MEC in September 2017;
  • MEC provided comments and agreed in principle a proposed Terms of Reference for the joint Code Administrator meetings;
  • MEC noted an update on the implementation of the CMA Code Governance remedies, noting the publication of next steps from Ofgem on 26th July 2017; Ofgem noted a workshop on the Strategic Direction and Consultative Board elements of the remedies would be held during Q4 2017; and
  • Ofgem had contacted MEC seeking a meeting to discuss a coordinated effort to resolve outdated plot addresses within industry address systems that have valid postal addresses. Ofgem would be invited to join the September 2017 meeting of MEC.

MRA Executive Committee (MEC) Update July 2017

During the last MEC meeting on on 25th July 2017:
• It was confirmed that, following the annual nomination process, all existing MEC
representatives had been elected for a further term on MEC, without the need for an election.
• It was noted that Tracey Pitcher (Western Power Distribution) had been appointed as the
alternate Distributor representative on MEC.
• MEC noted the launch of the Mandatory Half Hourly Settlement Significant Code Review, and
would invite ELEXON to the next MEC meeting to discuss, as MEC considers whether there
should be MRASCo involvement in the development of the Target Operating Model.
• It was agreed that MRASCo would provide further resource to the Faster Switching
Programme through an Industry Data Quality workstream that has been set up to address
Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) remedies.
• MEC agreed the MRA accession applications of eight Supplier organisations.
• MEC agreed an extension to the number of meetings required to conclude the work being
carried out by the Erroneous Transfers Working Group (ETWG). MEC will invite a
representative from ETWG to attend the next meeting to present proposals on a prospective
Erroneous Transfer reporting solution.
One party voiced concerns that ElectraLink would be conversed with regarding this matter
ahead of ETWG. The Chair confirmed that MEC would be inviting an ETWG representative to
attend its next meeting to discuss this before any formal decisions were made.
• MEC agreed that MRASCo will contribute towards the Ofgem Forward Work Plan and Horizon
Scanning documentation, in line with other industry Code Administrators.
• MEC considered a request from IREG to communicate to parties with respect to the timely
configuration of DTN gateways during DTC release windows. MEC agreed to review the
wording sent with the DTC pre-release; however, it noted that maintenance of DTN gateways
is an issue more pertinent to the Data Transfer Services Agreement (DTSA).
The next MEC meeting is scheduled to be held on 29th August 2017.

MRA Executive Committee (MEC) Update June 2017

During the last MEC meeting on 27th June 2017 the following have been highlighted:

  • Ofgem presented MEC with its findings from its recent consultation on the initial proposals on the latest code governance remedies. The slides were circulated alongside the MEC post-meeting documents.
  • MEC agreed the accession of four new Suppliers.
  • MEC received an update from the Erroneous Transfers Working Group (ETWG), including confirmation that its consultation had closed. Ofgem had recently published a letter reiterating its support for proactive work to reduce the impact of Erroneous Transfers. MEC asked for an update on the expected duration of the activities of the group.
  • MEC agreed to provide the MRA introductory seminars to requesting individual organisations on a time and materials basis; this follows a request from one MRA party for the seminar to be hosted at its site. It was agreed that details around the costs of the seminars would be shared once these had been confirmed.
  • MEC received communication from the Issue Resolution Expert Group (IREG) regarding sharing legal counsel to aid the development of MIF225  and MRASCo Intellectual Property drafting. MEC agreed to seek a quote for legal advice from its panel of lawyers.
  • MEC provided some feedback ahead of the latest review of the Code Administration Code of Practice (CACOP). If there are significant changes to the CACOP proposed during the review, the expectation is that code users will be consulted on the changes.
  • MEC noted its continued concerns with respect to the Code Administrator Forward Work Plan, including with respect to the level of detail; ownership; liabilities; and effort to maintain. Specifically with respect to the Horizon Scanning element of the plan, MEC identified several areas that may be missing. MDB was informed that this feedback would be taken to the next Code Administrator meeting on 18th July.

The next MEC meeting is scheduled to be held on 25th July 2017.

 

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