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 November 2020

IREG met on the 11th November 2020 and discussed the following MRA Issue Forms (MIFs) and Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) changes.

SPF108 – ‘Adding Disputed Meter Readings use case in SDEP’

IREG were presented with three possible solutions that had been identified to address the reported issues regarding the Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) where parties are not using the use case in accordance with MAP 08. IREG discussed the solutions and the Proposer agreed to consider any additional feedback before making a final decision on the options to take forward.

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

IREG noted that following an impact assessment carried out for MIF322, a new approach towards the design was required. IREG acknowledged that the new approach would not make the original deadline of the February 2021 release. It was advised that additional time would be required to enable a longer design phase as well as further engagement with industry via future technical workshops.

MIF331 – ‘SDEP User Reporting’

IREG were presented with the proposed changes to the current reporting on SDEP, plus an additional report that had been identified via the SDEP feedback received from industry. IREG agreed with the approach and noted that a Change Proposal would be presented to the MRA Development Board (MDB) at its meeting on 26th November 2020 for further consideration.

MIF332 – ‘Changes to Message Ownership in Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP)’

IREG discussed MIF332 which proposes to add functionality to the SDEP to allow parties to bulk assign messages and to filter messages either by assigned/unassigned and read/unread. IREG noted that the Impact Assessment was currently with the developers and that the outputs of the assessment would be discussed at the December 2020 IREG meeting.

MIF334 – ‘Identifying Additional Electricity Smart Meters (ESME) and Standalone Auxiliary Proportional Controllers (SAPCs)

The Proposer was not in attendance at the meeting, therefore IREG agreed to defer any further discussion to the next IREG meeting scheduled for 9th December 2020.

MIF335 – ‘MSN History Details available on ECOES’

IREG were provided with an overview of the MIF, noting that further engagement between Gemserv and the Proposer (Scottish Power) was in process, to fully define the requirements before being issued to the ECOES TSP for Impact Assessment.

MIF336 – ‘Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) Central Switching Service (CSS) Data Cleansing Use Case’

IREG were informed that the Change Request was currently with the developer and would be presented to the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) for its consideration once available. DS confirmed that once the implementation date was confirmed by MEC, a wider communication would be shared with Industry.

ECOES Data Permissions Review

It was requested by the MRA Executive Committee (MEC) that IREG conduct a full review of the data items available to each role type within the system to ensure that parties only have access to data that there is a business need for them to be able to view.

IREG were provided with an overview of the suggested changes for each role type, based on the industry feedback received, and Gemserv highlighted the suggested amendments for each category. It was noted that DNO’s would have no changes made to their current level of access.

IREG Supplier members were invited to provide their suggestions on the review before the completed matrix is presented for IREG’s consideration at its December 2020 meeting.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th December 2020.

IREG Update August 2020

IREG Headline Report

IREG met on the 12th August 2020 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 presented with a proposed solution for MIF 322 which would allow automated communications to be implemented on the SDEP via the use of an API to allow integration directly with Parties IT/CRM systems.

IREG noted that more detail would be required to fully define the functionality in order to meet the Industry’s current and future requirements. IREG agreed to facilitate a workshop, incorporating the input of their parties’ internal technical teams, in order to define the specifics of the development.

A further update would be provided at IREG’s September 2020 meeting.

MIF 320 – Review of the unallocated transactions process  

IREG were presented with the Request for Information (RFI) responses received from industry parties, relating to a review of the unallocated transactions process. IREG reviewed the responses received and agreed that further input would be required from Suppliers and Pre-Payment Meter Infrastructure Providers (PPMIP) via a focused workshop, in order to identify the issue and to propose a route for progression prior to the transition to the Retail Energy Code Company (RECCO).

A further update will be provided at IREG’s September 2020 meeting.

MIF 306 – MAP08 – Missing/Disputed Read Process Issues

IREG discussed two provisional dates for holding the MAP08 training event via webinar. Gemserv agreed to confirm the training date with industry once the MIF306 Proposer had been informed.

IREG agreed to close this MIF.

Draft update to the Secure Data Exchange Portal (SDEP) User Requirements Specification (URS)

IREG reviewed the draft updates made to the SDEP URS in light of two approved Change Requests relating to[1] MAP CP 0334 and [2]MAP CP 0335. IREG agreed the requirements presented for both changes and noted that these would be incorporated as part of the November 2020 Release.

ECOES User Requirement Specification (URS)

The ECOES URS paper was not available prior to the meeting however IREG were verbally updated on the changes to the ECOES URS and informed that the paper would be circulated to IREG for their review and brought back for further consideration at IREG’s September 2020 meeting.

MIF 314 – Access to the “User Reports” within ECOES

In the Impact Assessment phase, the Technical Service Provider (TSP) had noted that some of the User Reports had been depreciated when the ECOES 2 system was introduced. IREG discussed if there would be merit in having the reports reinstated, however it was agreed that the reports should be fully removed from the ECOES URS. A further paper was presented on the created new set of non-domestic customer (NDC) user reports, this was agreed, and a further report requested for MEC on tracking portfolio downloads.

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

IREG reviewed the current status of MIF315 and noted that progress had been stalled due to a lack of engagement and solutions. IREG discussed the proposed solutions for the MIF, noting that similar discussions were already taking place within the Safeguarding Customer Working Group (SCWG) and Data Protection Officers (DPO) forums and that MIF315 could be better suited under the SCWG’s governance. Gemserv agreed to update the Proposer on the feedback from IREG and to enquire whether MIF315 should still be progressed under IREG.

MIF 316 – Removal of Supplier Access Matrix from ECOES

IREG noted that the Change Proposal was considered by MRA Development Board (MDB) at its meeting on 30th July 2020 and that the change would be incorporated in the ECOES Release 7 which would be an ongoing IREG agenda item going forward. IREG agreed to close this MIF.

MIF 317 – Removal of the ECOES Consolidated Report

IREG noted that based on industry feedback, Ofgem would be aligning the removal of the ECOES Consolidated Report for both Suppliers and DNOs with the Central Switching Service (CSS) go live, scheduled for February 2021.

IREG agreed to close this MIF.

MIF 327 – Review of obligations in respect of the Supply Number Format set out in Schedule 5 of the MRA

IREG considered the format of the Supply Number printed on customers’ bills, as defined in Schedule 5 of the MRA, noting that some of its constituent elements will become obsolete when Market Wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) is implemented.

It was noted that similar discussions had taken place at Ofgem’s Faster Switching Expert Group (FSEG) and that the discussions should be revisited in order to source a route for progression. The Proposer agreed to liaise with Ofgem regarding the discussions and to come back to a future meeting of IREG if required.

MIF 328 – Future SMRS reporting requirements for BSC purposes in MRA Clause 27 and Schedule 13

MIF 328 seeks to address the current uncertainty around future reporting capability and BSCCo access to Supplier Meter Registration Service (SMRS) data. The Proposer advised that the MIF was seeking to work with Supplier Meter Registration Agents (SMRA) to develop a set of reports that could be flexed in frequency where needed or to support ad hoc requests. The Proposer noted that the reporting capabilities should be taken forward under the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) rather than under the Retail Energy Code (REC), with an appropriate forum for SMRAs to consider such requests.

IREG discussed the proposed solution, however it was agreed that IREG was not the right platform for facilitating the discussion. Gemserv offered to assist the Proposer in preparing a communication in order to kick start an initial conversation with industry if required.

The Proposer agreed to withdraw the MIF.

MIF 329 – Removal of eight DTC Flows

IREG were introduced to MIF329, which seeks to remove eight DTC data flows that have been identified as unfamiliar/redundant and should be removed in order prevent opportunities for erroneous Data Flows to be either sent/received or having to be considered on receipt.

IREG suggested that a Request for Information (RFI) should be circulated to industry parties to provide an understanding of the purpose and uses of the flows before they are proposed for removal. Gemserv agreed to assist the Proposer on the preparation of the RFI for industry.

A further update will be provided at the September 2020 meeting of the IREG.

MIF 330 – Visibility of MAP Effective From Date (EFD) in ECOES

IREG discussed MIF330 which was raised due to Meter Operators (MOP) being unable to view the MRA Agreed Procedure (MAP) Effective From Date (EFD) data item on ECOES. It was noted that the data is required in order for MOPs to correctly update the MAP when sending a D0304 to Meter Point Administration Service (MPAS). IREG discussed the proposed solutions and agreed that access should be restricted but made available to MOPs via ECOES so they can validate their MAP invoices.

The next IREG meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th September 2020.

[1] MAP CP 0334 – Amendment to MAP 24

[2] MAP CP0335 – Facilitating Gaining Supplier GSoP Payment