Retail Energy Code

Wheatley Software Solutions know what is required to work within a regulated industry. Our solutions are known to the Retail Energy Code (REC) through multiple qualifications processes and new meter operators often come to us for advice on how to get started in the role of Meter Equipment Manager (MEM).

We don’t just provide metering software, Wheatley work with our customers to ease the way through the market qualification process, providing guidance and support to navigate the assessment criteria and timescales required to operate as a MEM in the UK Utilities market. From getting started with the REC Code Manager portal to gathering evidence for annual qualification audits we can help.

We know the BSCCo and RGMA baseline requirements for the roles of MEM or MAP so you don’t have to. And we know what the Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement Programme means for these roles too, as the market transitions to new settlement codes.

Wheatley monitor the requirements of the REC so that our customers stay up to date, with compliant solutions that ensure efficient business operations that perform to industry standards. Here are some of the latest headline news from the REC:

February ’24

Prepayment levelisation – R0147

Ofgem have been working towards and consulting on the design and implementation of a levelisation scheme to align the standing charges of domestic consumers who pay through a Prepayment Meter with those who pay via Direct Debit. It is proposed that RECCo will be the delivery partner for this scheme, and as such the requirements and arrangements for the scheme need to be established.

Change proposal R0147 seeks to introduce the necessary governance and charging arrangements into the Retail Energy Code, to reconcile the impact on Domestic Energy Suppliers of levelling the cost of standing charges to domestic consumers paying by means of a Prepayment Meter with those paying by Direct Debit.

On 16 January 2024, the REC Change Panel voted to recommend that the Authority approve R0147 for implementation on 28 March 2024.

Consequential Cross-Code Change for BSC P441 – Complex Site Classes Creation REC R0133

For note by MEM’s, the proposed introduction of new Complex Site classes is needed within the REC to make the solutions under BSC P441 and DCP 424 work. Meter Equipment Managers (MEMs) will need to comply with their new obligations in respect of metering requirements, as well as impacts on any of the metering processes associated with a Complex Site.

BSC P441 is intended to facilitate more choice for customers wanting to take up low-carbon technology and more flexible energy solutions through local energy schemes, such as the Ofgem BEIS Smart System Flexibility Plan and any other future flexibility service provisions that may be developed.
The BSC change proposal P441 seeks to introduce additional Complex Site classes which would categorise the types of Complex Site, with each having clearly defined criteria within the BSC, whilst also facilitating a new “type” of Complex Site (referred to as a Class 6 Complex Site) to allow approval of “non-standard” complex sites. It will also clarify when the netting of Imports from Exports for multiple Metering Systems registered in Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) is permitted.

Currently the corresponding REC change proposal, R0133 has been withdrawn by the REC Change Panel whilst the BSC respond to a request for information from Ofgem. Following this, a new plan for consultation and final assessment will be created.

February REC Release, 3.8.0.

The February 23rd release is scheduled to cover three approved change requests;

R0071 – DCC Access to EES and GES
The Switching Service Desk generates and resolves tickets relating to Switching Incidents and Switching Data queries for Market Participants. GES and EES data are currently unavailable to the Switching Service Desk and access will allow them to resolve tickets more effectively, resulting in a more efficient service and better SLA performance. EES Changes will be implemented on 23 February 2024 and GES Changes will be implemented on 24 February 2024 The misalignment of implementation dates is to align the GES Providers implementation with The UK Link Major Release dates. This ensures that the GES Provider can effectively align its deployment activities across its systems and promotes overall release resilience.

R 0103 Central provision of DCC Technical Contacts for Requesting Test Certificates
The Switching Operator carries out system testing, including maintenance and emergency testing, within the Central Switching Service (CSS). This needs to be done within a test environment which requires security certificates. Security testing certificates expire, which means there is currently an insufficient amount available for connecting to the test environment. This change will allow the Switching Operator to nominate Technical Contacts (TCs) for requesting certificates, for all CSS Users, in order that certificates can be requested for simulators in the test environments. CSS Users would continue to be able to nominate / remove their own TCs as now and can see all TCs listed on the Switching Portal.

R0093 Uplift to CSS Maximum Demand Volumes during MHHS Migration Period
As part of the MHHS programme, it will be necessary to migrate approximately 31 million MPANs from the existing settlement arrangements to those under the MHHS TOM. This will create a significantly increased volume of messages, whether for Switches or changes to Supplier Agents, for the Central Switching Service (CSS) Service during the MHHS Migration Period. This Change Proposal seeks to make the necessary updates to the REC, primarily to the CSS Service Definition, to ensure that the Switching Operator is appropriately prepared for the increase in message volumes that will be created during the MHHS programme migration period.

A further change R0156, Updates to the CSS Message Business Design Validation Rules and Physical Interface Design Specification, is anticipated to be approved and added to the release if time permits.

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