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IREG Update January 2021

IREG met on the 13th January 2021 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF 322 – ‘Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)’

IREG were updated that the draft design document had been returned by the SDEP Technical Service Provider (TSP) and would be shared with parties for review ahead of a technical workshop meeting which was currently scheduled for 27th January 2021. Industry parties would be informed as soon as arrangements were finalised.

Open SDEP MIFs and Issues Update:

MIF331 – ‘SDEP User Reporting’

IREG noted that the Impact Assessment was still with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) after Gemserv had provided them with further information. An update would be provided once the IA has been returned.

Implementation/Transition issues with the SDEP

IREG were informed that the log of issues was currently with the ECOES TSP for consideration and that an update would be provided once the IA had been returned.

MIF335 – MSN History Details available on ECOES

IREG noted that the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) and MRASCo Board had approved the funding for MIF335 and that the change would be incorporated in the February 2021 Release. IREG agreed to close MIF335.

MIF337 – ‘Inserting an Import/Export MPAN indicator in the ECOES API’

IREG were introduced to MIF337 which seeks to insert an import/export indicator into the ECOES API for clearer identification of the Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) types.

IREG discussed a two -part solution, agreeing that a Change Request should be raised to address part one – to insert the indicator in the ECOES API to address the first part under the MRA. IREG recommended that part two – to update the MPAS/ECOES interface to include the Data Item held in MPAS into the Data Flow to replace the derived indicator in the GUI and API, should be addressed after Central Switching Service (CSS) go-live under the Retail Energy Code (REC). IREG agreed to close MIF337.

MIF338 – ‘Related MPAN Definition’

IREG discussed MIF338 which was raised following discussions held at the Data Working Group (DWG), where parties reported being unclear on the existing method for identifying if MPANs are related or not.

IREG discussed the options for making the Related MPAN guidance clearer for industry to follow, noting that an existing guidance document produced by Energy UK, should be reviewed by the DWG as an interim measure and until the guidance currently under consultation for the REC could be shared. It was noted that the DWG would be updated on the IREG discussions at its January 2021 meeting, and that a further update on the outcomes would be provided to IREG at its February 2021 meeting.

SPF109 – New BSC Data Flow for P375 

IREG reviewed SPF109 which seeks to introduce a new DTC Data Flow for the Half Hourly Data Collectors (HHDC) to send to Settlement Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA) to be used in Settlement. It was noted that the new Data Flows would not impact Suppliers or Distributers, as the Data Flows were only being re-purposed for HH and Meter Operation, however there could be some impact for Meter Operators (MOPs).

IREG noted the update and acknowledged that the next steps would be for the MRA Development Board (MDB) to discuss the proposal further and for the P375 Expert Group to report back to IREG if a future solution were required for development.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 10th February 2021.


IREG Update September 2020

IREG met on the 9th September 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

MIF322 – Automating Communications with the Secure Data Exchange Process (SDEP)

IREG were informed that a workshop had been arranged for industry parties’ technical teams to discuss the automated communication solutions for MIF322 and to define the specifics of the development. The outputs of the workshop will be discussed further at IREG’s October 2020 meeting.

MIF331 – SDEP User Reporting

IREG were introduced to MIF331 which seeks to introduce additional SDEP user reporting to ensure users have the correct access levels for each Market Participant Identifier (MPID). IREG discussed additional requirements and identified the benefits for the inclusion of access levels for MPIDs. A Change Proposal will be presented to the MRA Development Board (MDB) for consideration at its meeting on 24th September 2020.

ECOES Release 7 Update – User Requirement Specification (URS)

IREG were informed that all changes were locked in to ECOES Release 7 and that the ECOES URS would be updated with the remaining requirements and the URS document would be circulated to IREG members for review ahead its October 2020 meeting.

Full Review of ECOES Data Permissions

IREG discussed the request for a Meter Operator template role to be added to the ECOES API and Gemserv invited Parties to review the items and provide feedback on the data items that are visible to various roles within the ECOES General User Interface (GUI) to them by 16th September 2020.

MIF 315 – Consistency of Approach for Sending Priority Service Register (PSR) Data Flow

IREG noted that a final notification would be sent to the Proposer of MIF315 and that a recommendation would be made to the MRA Development Board (MDB) to close the MIF at its September 2020 meeting.

MIF 329 – Removal of eight DTC Flows

IREG reviewed the feedback received from the Request for Information (RFI) to understand the purpose and uses of the Data Transfer Catalogue (DTC) flows before being proposed for removal. From the responses received, it was identified that one Party still requires access to one of the flows and that this flow should be kept. Therefore, IREG agreed to progress a Change Proposal to MDB for the removal of the remaining seven flows.

Switching Data via the ECOES API

Ofgem’s Switching Programme Design Forum has identified gaps between the end-to-end Switching Programme requirements for the Electricity and Gas Enquiry Services and requested that MRASCo and Xoserve, as service providers, should develop and implement additional requirements.  IREG were presented with the additional requirements and agreed with the proposal that the requirements are only enhancements of existing features and would require minor amendments.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 14th October 2020.