MRASCo Newsletter Issue 109

MRASCo Newsletter Issue 109
Come What May
Headlines
CREG agreed that
modifications
would be required
to the MRA following the update to
the Standard
Licence Condition
23 (SLC 23)
The BPM Team are
using Casewise to
update MRASCo
End-to-End
diagrams
Inside this issue
- Change Proposals
1
- MRA Code
2
Governance Review
The Code Review Expert Group (CREG) discussed the Stage 2
Implementation Review, the introduction of MRA Objectives and
finalised its discussions on the MRA Development Board (MDB)
Constitution Review.
The Security Expert Group (SEG) carried out an in depth review of
the Information Security Risk Assessment report of MRASCo systems
where 23 risks were detailed alongside mitigating actions required.
The Prepayment Allocation Process Expert Group (PAPEG)
reviewed a draft consultation to ascertain the implications of
routing prepayment transactions using ECOES.
A GDCC Training Day will be held on the 1st July 2015. The training
will include an introduction to the GDCC and MRA, as well as an
interactive session on interpreting data flows.
The Issue Resolution Expert Group (IREG) agreed that an allencompassing ECOES release paper shall be discussed at the May
MDB looking at a number of enhancements for November.
Change Proposals
- Issue Resolution Ex- 3
pert Group (IREG)
This month’s MDB meeting on 28th May 2015 will look at the
following Change Proposals:
- Green Deal Update 4
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- Security Expert
Group (SEG)
4
- Prepayment
Allocation Process
Expert Group
5
- Business Process
Model
5
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- Smart Meter Imple- 6
mentation Programme (SMIP)
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MRA CP 0230 - Cross referencing MAPs in the MRA document
WPPS CP 0123 - Creation of D0168 Working Practice
MRA CP 0228 - Amending the MRA to introduce a debt
recovery process
DTC CP 3462 - Clarification of Data Item Descriptions for EMR
MRA CP 0231 - Amendments to reflect the introduction of MRA
Objectives into the Electricity Distribution Licence
MAP CP 0236 - Amendments to reflect the introduction of MRA
Objectives into the Electricity Distribution Licence (MAP17)
DTC CP 3467 - Changes to facilitate implementation of BSC
Modification Proposal P305 (Version 3)
MAP CP 0237 - Update MAP13 to reflect Licence change for
indebted prepayment meter customers
Recently agreed Change Proposals can be viewed on the
Change Register, found on the MRASCo website.
If you need help with finding anything please contact the MRA
Change Admin team at [email protected]
- Assurance
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MRA Code Governance Review
The Code Review Expert Group (CREG) met on 30th April 2015 with a number of open
workstreams being discussed:
Stage 2 Post Implementation Review
The Expert Group discussed MEC’s view that the scope of materiality should be extended to
cover the MRA’s subsidiary documents and that all changes should be assessed against the
materiality criteria, with material changes being provided to the Authority, regardless of
whether they are accepted or rejected. CREG recommended that any resulting changes
to the MRA (or its associated documents) be sponsored by a MEC representative.
Gemserv has instigated a legal review to develop the necessary changes, ahead of raising
them into the MRA change process.
Introduction of MRA Objectives
On 28th April 2015, a notice was received from Ofgem regarding the decision to modify
Standard Licence Condition 23 (SLC 23) of the Electricity Distribution Licence. The amendments include the insertion of MRA Objectives and consequential amendments to the
provisions relating to reporting requirements and self-governance appeals rights.
Two urgent Change Proposals have since bene raised into MRA Change process, subject to
MDB decision on 28th May 2015 (MRA CP 0231 and MAP CP 0236).
MDB Constitution Review
The MDB Constitution has been subject to review since November 2014, following which,
four Change Proposals (CPs) have been developed for MDB consideration.
To date, feedback on Supplier and Distribution Business arrangements has been gathered
from parties by way of a consultation issued in November 2014, and by Gemserv attending
a smaller Supplier workgroup in March 2015. This fed into the development of the CPs
mentioned above.
One of the additional comments was in relation to the ability to vote by proxy. CREG
agreed that no change was required when current arrangements do not allow for proxy
voting, except in extenuating circumstances where an attendee is delayed or unable to
complete their journey to the meeting.
The next meeting is to be held on 28th May 2015. If you have any questions, please contact
the team at [email protected]
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Dates for the
Diary
5th May 2015
-SEG_15_0505
12th May 2015
-SAFEG_15_0512
14th May 2015
-GDEG_15_0514
18h May 2015
-PAPEG_15_0518
26th May 2015
- MEC_115_0526
26th May 2015
-Board_15_0526
28th May 2015
-MDB_15_0528
28th May 2015
-CREG_15_0528
4th June 2015
-SEG_15_0604
10th June 2015
-IREG_15_0610
23rd June 2015
-MEC_15_0623
23rd June 2015
-Board_15_0623
25th June 2015
-MDB_15_0625
25th June 2015
-CREG_15_0625
Issue Resolution Expert Group (IREG)
IREG met on 8th April 2015 and discussed the following:
MIF165 – D0168 Process Review
Gemserv presented IREG with the final drafting of the Statement of
Operations Working Practice, which looks to introduce guidance
surrounding the requesting of additional/new MPANs process. IREG
recommended several minor changes to the drafting and for a
change to be raised into the MRA Change Process.
P272 and P300 Consequential ECOES Changes
IREG discussed consequential changes to ECOES as a result of P272
and P300. New functionality would not be introduced to ECOES,
however the updates would allow for the new Measurement Classes
to be introduced to ECOES. An all-encompassing ECOES release
paper shall be discussed at the May MDB meeting.
Inclusion of Measurement Class to the ECOES Monthly Consolidated
Report
Gemserv presented the solution to add the Measurement Class Data
Item to the ECOES Monthly Consolidated Report. It was noted that
this information would work towards the solution initially proposed
under MIF169. An all-encompassing ECOES release paper shall be
discussed at the May MDB meeting.
Addition of a Green Deal Plan Indicator to the ECOES Monthly
Consolidated Report
Gemserv provided the solution to include a Green Deal Plan
Indicator within the ECOES Monthly Consolidated Report. IREG
agreed that parties would have to take into consideration that the
ECOES Monthly Consolidated Report is not a live view of the
information held on ECOES. IREG however concluded that a Green
Deal Plan Indicator would be a useful addition to the report and for
an all-encompassing ECOES release paper to be taken to MDB in
May.
Review of MAP08 Following P302
IREG discussed the scope of the review of MAP08 and noted that the
full details of the P302 solution had not been established. IREG
agreed to issue a Request For Information (RFI) to gain a view from
the industry as to current issues with the disputed/missing reads process and how the procedure should accommodate the added
functionality of smart meters. The RFI was issued on 15th April for 30
Working Days with responses due on the 29th May 2015.
If you have any questions please contact the team at
[email protected]
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The Green
Deal Update
The following Green Deal
Change Proposals have
been accepted by MDB
on 30th April 2015:

MAP CP 0220
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MRA CP 0227
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MAP CP 0226
The amendments to MAP
17 and the MRA will be
included in the 26th
June 2015 release.
As there are currently no
changes which
require amendments to
the functionality of the
GDCC agreed for
implementation on 26th
June 2015, GDCC Release R09.0 may be delayed until 5th November
2015. This will be confirmed upon receipt of
consent from the MRA
Executive Committee
(MEC).
A GDCC Training Day,
open to all MRA parties,
will be held on the 1st
July. The training will
Include an introduction
to the GDCC and MRA,
as well as an interactive
session on interpreting
data flows.
The next GDEG meeting
will be held on the 14th
May 2015. If you have
any Green deal related
questions please contact
us via
[email protected] .
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Security Expert Group
The Security Expert Group (SEG) has been tasked with reviewing
and developing potential system and process enhancements to
ensure security of the data held within the MRASCo systems is
maintained.
SEG last met on 5th May 2015 and carried out an in depth review
of the Information Security Risk Assessment report. The report
detailed 23 risks and the associated mitigating actions required. As
part of the review, SEG categorised each risk and agreed the
appropriate next steps. The outputs of the report shaped a number
of drafting proposals in relation to Information Security measures
contained within the MRA and its subsidiary documents.
The ECOES monthly report Request For Information (RFI) responses
were reviewed, which resulted in SEG agreeing a number of
principles including:

One user per company group should have access to the data;

The warning banner displayed when a user attempts to view an
MPAN in ECOES should be expanded to explicitly state the
implications of misusing the data contained within the report;
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A two factor user authentication approach should be
adopted; and
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A further RFI should be issued seeking suggestions regarding the
appropriate encryption for the personal data contained within
the consolidated report.
SEG agreed that the scope of the audit approach should be
expanded, be clearly defined and should request parties to
provide evidence of responses contained within the audit.
Finally, SEG agreed that the project team should carry out the
majority of the required analysis, providing the Group with their
findings and proposals. In line with this suggestion, the drafting, RFI
and ECOES user audit scope will be reviewed by the Group
ex-committee.
SEG will next convene on 3rd July 2015, but are expected to be
reviewing and providing feedback on a number of workstreams
ahead of this meeting date. For further details please contact the
MRA helpdesk.
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Business
Process
Models
The MRASCo Business
Process Models has not
been updated since
2007 so the Business
Process Model Review
Group (BPMRG) aims to
update the process
diagrams to include
any implemented
changes that affect the
diagrams until May
2014.
The BPM Team have
been using the
Casewise tool to
develop and update
the impacted end-toend diagrams identified
in Phase One of the
Gap Analysis.
Prepayment Allocation Process Expert
Group (PAPEG)
PAPEG has been developing solutions for the redistribution of
unallocated prepayment transactions and solutions to enhance
the current allocation process, outlined in MAP14. PAPEG last met
on the 13th April 2015 to discuss the following:
XREF Database
PAPEG reviewed a draft consultation to ascertain the implications
of routing prepayment transactions using ECOES.
To help parties minimise the impact of routing transactions using
ECOES alone, four ways to reduce the reliance on XREF were
reviewed. Of the options, PAPEG agreed to discount centralising a
view of XREF in ECOES due to the associated benefits being
achieved through the remaining three options:
1.
A system reconciliation, to compare the data held in ECOES
to that in Meter Operator systems, which is being further
developed and considered by MEC.
2.
Mandating the frequency of the Redirected Report, for which
a Change Proposal has been drafted and is due for review.
3.
Formalising a process to enable Prepayment Meter
Infrastructure Providers to ensure that future transactions are
not routed via XREF subject to a request being received by
the respective Supplier.
Disconnected MPANs
A report was generated to establish the impacts and scale of
th
disconnected prepayment MPANs in ECOES. The report highlighted
BPMRG was held on 13
that a small proportion of prepayment meters were associated to
May 2015, where the
Gap Analysis approach disconnected MPANs but were accruing large sums of
and the review of Phase unallocatable transactions. As a result, MAP CP 0227 (Amending
One activity was under- MAP14 to resolve issues resulting from disconnected MPANs) was
raised to release transactions to the last registered Supplier in
taken, in order to
ECOES that take place after the disconnection date and to release
progress with the
update to the MRASCo transactions associated to multiple MPANs, whereby one is
disconnected, to the Supplier registered to the live MPAN.
Models.
Transaction Routing Flag
PAPEG reviewed the Transaction Routing Flag (TRF) in ECOES,
in order to determine whether the flag’s functionality could be
improved. The Group agreed that the flag should be amended to
allow the TRF to be set for a set timeframe rather than a whole
registration period, for which a Change Proposal has been raised.
The next PAPEG meeting will convene on 18th May 2015, if
you have any questions please contact the team at
[email protected]
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What’s new in
Huddle?

Search Better
We all want to be able
to find what we’re looking for quickly and easily,
so Huddle are working on
a continued program to
improve speed and
accuracy. Therefore, the
ability to filter search
results by the past year,
six months, one month, or
week has been added.
In addition to layout
changes designed to
improve navigation,
Huddle can now search
for files only. However, if
you want to find other
features simply select
“Everything”, then search
again.

Browsing Files Just
Got Faster
Instead of requesting
every item at once,
Huddle now retrieves 50
items at a time.
Smart Metering Implementation
Programme (SMIP)
The following consultations have been released by the DCC over
the last month:
Communications Hub Support Materials
On 30th April 2015, DCC released the Communications Hub (CH)
Support Materials for consultation. It covers two documents which
will eventually be designated under the SEC as SEC Subsidiary
Documents:

CH Support Materials - detailing the requirements for
submitting forecasts and orders, packaging and labelling,
rejecting and replacing CHs, and their storage, transit and
delivery requirements.

CH Installation and Maintenance Support Materials – detailing
the conditions for installing a Communications Hub,
diagnosing and handling faults, and removal and return.
The two documents are supported by the CH Supporting
Information documents, which provide further technical detail to
the formal regulation. The DCC proposes to provide this document
on the DCC website on an enduring basis and a process to amend
its content is prescribed in section 6 of the consultation. The
consultation seeks stakeholder feedback on these documents and
whether they provide the necessary processes and detail to
facilitate the delivery, installation, maintenance and return of CH.
Updated DCC Indicative Consultation Planner Published
The latest ‘DCC Indicative Consultation Planner’ was published on
28th April 2015. This document provides a view of the status and
indicative timeline for the current and upcoming DCC consultations
on Testing, SMKI, Interface Specifications, Service Management,
Communications Hubs, Non-Gateway Interface Specification,
DCCKI and other documents.
Indicative Charging Statement for RYs 2016/17 Published
In April 2015, the DCC published the Indicative Charging Statement
for Service Charges for Regulatory Year (RY) 2016/17 (Issue 6.0). The
statement sets out the annual service charges for RY 2016/17 and
the input used to calculate these charges.
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Smart Metering Implementation
Programme (SMIP)
Who to
Contact
Don’t forget there is a
dedicated team
available to help with all
your MRA related
queries:
MRASCo Helpdesk:
- T: 020 7090 1029
- E: [email protected]
com
ECOES queries:
- T: 020 7090 1024
- E: [email protected]
Indicative Budgets for RYs 2017/18 and 2018/19 Published
In April 2015, the DCC published a document, setting out their
indicative budgets for the RYs 2017/18 and 2018/19 (Issue 6.0).
The documents
allow SEC Parties and
other users to
estimate their Service
Charges for the
relevant RYs.
Any industry issues
regarding the MRA or its
associated products:
- T: 020 7090 1029
- E: [email protected]
GDCC Helpdesk:
- T: 020 7090 1068
- E: [email protected]
com
For all other general MRA
queries:
- T: 020 7090 1029
- E: [email protected]
Source: www.theguardian.com
Assurance
The Market Assurance team continues to provide a wide range of
services, in April we:
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Monitored weekly CME reports to ensure compliance with
agreed operating conditions;
Conducted one CME exit audit and reported to the MEPB who
subsequently approved exit from CME (NHH);
Held two new applicant meetings;
Booked in a further two new applicant meetings;
Held detailed meetings with two applicants who are currently
in CME.
com
Let us know your
thoughts on the
Newsletter
Please send your
comments through to:
Stephanie Catwell.
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MRA Assessment Service
April 2015 Statistics
In Entry Assessment
Pending Entry Assessment
In Controlled Market Entry
Pending Controlled Market Entry
Re-Qualification
15
19
14
17
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