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Population of ASC in ECOES

47 - Population of ASC in ECOES

  • Proposer
  • Proposing Company E.ON UK PLC
  • Status Closed
  • Urgent No
  • Synopsis

    OVERVIEW

    The Available Supply Capacity (ASC) agreed between customer and Distributor is invisible to Suppliers when quoting a supply contract and this can lead to inaccuracies in first billing.

    It has also been identified at the DCMF MIG that this information will also need to be available for suppliers to identify customers impacted by DCP179 and that to solve both issues the ASC value could be populated on ECOES by the Distributor.

    This was raised as an issue for discussion at IREG on the 11th February 2015 with a number of solutions proposed including creation of a new flow, amendment of the D1071 flow or amendment of the D0125 Distribution Businesses detailed concern regarding making changes to the MRA where it may conflict with DCUSA obligations regarding privacy of customer data.

    IREG agreed that there was no preferred solution. The Chair asked DNOs if they would be prepared to support any change at MDB with the concerns discussed within the meeting, to which one DNO suggested that the issue should be discussed at DCUSA when an obligation existed for DNOs to gain consent from its customer before sharing information such as the Maximum Capacity to other parties.

    IREG agreed that developments at DCUSA would aid discussions and help the group agree a preferred solution, which fits all parties’ requirements.
    The Chair summarised that once the issue has been discussed at DCUSA, IREG would revisit the solutions before progressing a Change Proposal to MDB.

    OUTCOME

    It has also been identified at the DCMF MIG that this information will also need to be available for suppliers to identify customers impacted by DCP179 and that to solve both issues the ASC value could be populated on ECOES by the Distributor.

    The DCUSA SIG agreed to issue some questions on whether there were any DCUSA obligations regarding the supply of customer data that would be impacted by the MRA change (MIF 158) on mandating the provision of Available Supply Capacity (ASC). The collated responses were considered at the 24 April 2015 meeting. Respondents to these questions agreed for their collated responses to be shared with the MRA IREG. Feedback from the May MRA IREGs meeting on this topic will be discussed at the 29 May 2015 meeting. The MRA IREG agreed to close MIF 158 until such time as the relevant consequential changes were made under the DCUSA. The proposer noted that capacity data is confidential under DCUSA Clause 34 and 35 and the Utilities Act Section 105. The ASC data could only be shared if prior consent has been obtained from the customer and this consent would need to be re-obtained for a premise when a change of occupancy occurred. As a consequence the solution would not have the proposed effect and the proposer agreed to close this issue.