The Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA) was established in October 2006 as a multi-party contract between the licensed electricity Distributors, Suppliers and Generators of Great Britain. It is concerned with the use of the electricity distribution systems to transport electricity to or from connections to them. The DCUSA replaced numerous bi-lateral contracts, giving a common and consistent approach to the relationships between these parties in the electricity industry. It is a requirement that all licensed electricity Distribution Businesses, Suppliers and CVA Registrants become Parties to the DCUSA. Since its inception, the DCUSA has expanded to encompass Distributor to Distributor relationships and relationships with Gas Suppliers who wish to work at the customer’s electricity connection point to fit communications associated with SMART gas meters.
DCUSA Ltd is a company established, owned, and funded by parties to the DCUSA. The main activity of DCUSA Ltd is to administer the governance of the DCUSA. Please find below an overview of the DCUSA governance structure:
Panel and Board
The DCUSA Panel is responsible for matters relating to the DCUSA document including progressing proposed changes to the agreement and the day to day operations. Panel members are elected from within the industry. Panel members are also Board members for DCUSA Ltd. The Board is responsible for overseeing matters related to DCUSA Ltd.
Working Groups and Sub-Groups
To assist in their work, the Panel and Board may establish Working Groups and sub-groups. Working Groups comprising of experts from within the industry are regularly established to discuss and develop DCUSA Change Proposals. The Standing Issues Group (SIG) is established by the DCUSA document as a means for issues to be discussed prior to establishing if a Change Proposal may be required. An example of a Board Sub-Committee is the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC), which advises on issues related to the DCUSA budget and audits.
The daily operations of the DCUSA arrangements are managed by ElectraLink in their role as the appointed Secretariat. ElectraLink provides Secretariat services for DCUSA Ltd. The Secretariat performs the role of the Code Administrator in respect of the DCUSA and is appointed by the Panel. The core functions of the Code Administrator is to assist the Panel and any of it’s sub-groups to carry out their duties and responsibilities set out in the DCUSA. The Code Administrator, where requested, provides assistance to Parties such as drafting Change Proposals, understanding the operation of the DCUSA and involvement in or general information about Change Proposals and the Change Control process.
DCUSA Change Process
To amend any of the text within the DCUSA, the change process, as defined within the DCUSA document, must be followed. You can raise a Change Proposal here. You can find details of all the current Change Proposals on the Change Register which is available here.