Market Entry and Accession FAQs
Our objective is to facilitate the smooth transition of the required information, operational processes and services from existing codes and agreements to the REC.
Question: Where can I find the slides and video from the June Industry session that covered Market Entry, In-Flight Market Entry and Annual Maintenance?
Answer: The session has been split into two videos (Market Entry/Inflight Market Entry and Annual Maintenance) with the supporting slide deck (see https://www.retailenergycode.co.uk/interactive-industry-session/).
Question: When does the REC Portal go-live?
Answer: The REC Portal is planned to go live on 1st September 2021.
Question: Who is administering the entry process?
Answer: The REC Code Manager will administer the process.
Question: When can we expect the guidance documents to be made available?
Answer: The documentation is in the final stages of review and approval and will be published on this REC website in the coming weeks.
Question: Is there a process diagram of market entry available?
Answer: This will be contained within the User Guide documentation, which will be published in the coming weeks. Please refer to the industry session slide deck until then (see https://www.retailenergycode.co.uk/interactive-industry-session/).
Question: Will your qualification & maintenance guidance detail the mapping between scenarios that require testing, and Market Participant Role?
Answer: The REC/BSC Joint Storyboards (see REC Entry Assessment and Qualification – Market Scenario Testing – Retail Energy Code Company) will contain the scenarios that apply to each role type.
Question: Are suppliers still split by NHH and HH and if a supplier that has currently only completed controlled market entry for NHH have to go through this entry process for HH?
Answer: Yes, suppliers are still split this way and the Market Entry process would need to be completed for the non-qualified role.
Question: What is a MEM?
Answer: It is a Metering Equipment Manager – it is the collective name for gas MAMs/AMIs and Elec MOPs.
Question: Will I need to separately accede as a MEM even if my organisation has already acceded as a Supplier?
Answer: If you are using the same company registration number as a Supplier and a MEM then you will only need to accede once. You will need to be separately Qualified for each role.
Question: When will an Accession Agreement be available for ‘Other Parties’ such as PSPs and what will the cost be?
Answer: Parties can contact the REC Code Manager now to arrange for accession. RECCo will shortly publish a charging methodology setting out the basis upon which charges are calculated as well as a charging statement detailing the costs. These are expected to be largely the same as currently. Non-Party REC Service Users do not accede to the REC but instead need an access agreement.
Question: Is Market Entry only applicable to REC Parties?
Answer: No, Market Entry is applicable to REC Parties and Non-Party REC Service Users, however the process has different steps/requirements depending on the role type.
Question: Will MEMs needed to register on the REC Portal to complete their Entry Assessment Application form?
Answer: Yes, MEMs will need to register on the REC Portal to complete their Entry Assessment Application Form. However, if you want to accede before 1 September then this can be completed via the Operating Account Manager (OAM) team. The relevant forms will be available on the REC website in the coming weeks or available from the OAMs at email@example.com
Question: Do Gas MAMs and AMIs as well as Electricity MOPs need to accede to the REC?
Answer: Collectively, gas MAMs and AMIs and electricity MOPs are referred to as Metering Equipment Managers (MEMs) under the REC.
MEMs are required to accede to the REC so that they can continue to be accredited under the Gas Metering Code (incorporating MAMCOP and AMICOP) and MOCOPA. These metering codes will move to the REC on 1 September 2021.
The REC Code Manager will contact existing MEMs to arrange for accession in the months leading up to 1 September 2021. To register your requirement to accede and make sure that the REC Code Manager has the most up-to-date contact details for you, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: How long does the accession process take?
Answer: It won’t be a long process. Once we receive your application, we will process this and check you are eligible to accede. The application will then be passed to RECCo to countersign. Once both parties have signed, you have acceded and will be notified.
Question: Do existing gas Shippers have to Accede?
Answer: Gas Shippers do not need to accede as they are not REC Parties.
Question: Will there be a template to complete for the Business Solution Assessment?
Answer: Yes there will, guidance will be published on this REC website in the coming weeks.
Question: What are the timings for the Assessment plan agreement and submission?
Answer: Once you have acceded the Code Manager will be in touch within five working days to set up a meeting to begin your planning journey. Development of your plan, which will be tailored to your circumstances, can take up to two weeks.
Question: Can you confirm that existing MEMs will be exempt from the Business Solution Assessments given they will already have demonstrated compliance to the existing codes that will transition into V2.0 REC?
Answer: Organisations with existing access, including MEMs, do not need to complete the Market Entry process which includes the Business Solution Assessment stage. However it should be noted that all REC Parties need to accede to the REC before 1 September 2021.
Question: Do MOP/MAM/DC/DA have to perform market entry?
Answer: Existing MOP / MAMs (collectively called Metering Equipment Managers) will become REC Parties and will need to accede to the REC.
A new MEM is required to qualify through the Market Entry process.
DC/DAs do not go through market entry unless they require access to specific services such as the Electricity Enquiry Service (EES).
If a current DC/DA already has access to a service, then they will be required to sign the new access agreement to maintain their access.
Question: As a Meter Equipment Manager (MEM) do we need to qualify as a CSS user? – Ofgem made it clear as part of the Switching Programme that MEMs could optionally have an interface with the CSS.
Answer: This is optional for MEMs once CSS has gone live.
Question: For suppliers and DNOs, what are the ‘key market scenarios’ that will require testing during Qualification?
Answer: Please see the REC/BSC Joint Storyboards (see REC Entry Assessment and Qualification – Market Scenario Testing – Retail Energy Code Company) that contain the scenarios that apply to each role type.
During the period prior to CSS go-live, these Storyboards will go through an uplift and include gas and CSS scenarios. More details on this will be provided post 1 September 2021.
Question: What constitutes ‘Key Market Scenarios’?
Answer: Key Market Scenarios are detailed in the BSC/REC Joint Storyboards (see REC Entry Assessment and Qualification – Market Scenario Testing – Retail Energy Code Company).
Question: I assume that where the external testing is relating to DTN that this is specific to electricity and not gas?
Answer: Yes, The lead analyst will conduct the testing in accordance with the planned storyboard scenarios by:
– Updating the test data with updates to applicants MPIDs
– Sending DTN messages from the REC DTN end point
– Receive Corresponding messages from the applicant to the respective DTN end point
It should be noted that the Storyboards will be updated to include Gas and CSS scenarios prior to CSS go-live.
Question: Are the initial assessment processes the same as the existing entry tests?
Answer: There are similarities between the MRA and REC entry processes, but there are differences. The key ones relate to the way in which you engage with the Code Manager, using the REC Portal. The best way to understand this process in detail will be to look at the entry guidance when published.
Question: Will the existing storyboards continue to be used or is it expected that these will be replaced?
Answer: The existing Market Entry Joint Storyboards have been updated to include new REC terminology (see REC Entry Assessment and Qualification – Market Scenario Testing – Retail Energy Code Company). Two of the storyboards have been removed as they are no longer relevant. A further uplift to these storyboards will be taking place during the remainder of 2021 and will include new CSS and gas related scenarios.
Question: Will shared resource providers be able to use the same evidence multiple times for multiple different legal entities, given that are the same Market Participant Role?
Answer: This will be considered on a case by case basis. However, it is not the intention for tests to be repeated multiple times on the same system and processes just because of different legal entities.
Question: If we currently only work in the electricity non-half hourly sector will we need to accede to work in the half hourly sector if we have not gone through controlled market entry with the MRA?
Answer: If you want to work in a different sector from the ones in which you are currently qualified to do so, then you will need to go through Qualification for this new sector.
Question: Do you need your Ofgem licence in order to complete the Information Security and Data Protection (ISDP) process?
Answer: A licence is not required to complete ISDP.
Question: How long will the Information Security and Data Protection (ISDP) process take?
Answer: Application duration will depend on the applicant and how quickly information is provided. If, as a result of a process step, there are any findings, then these will need to be resolved (or an action plan in place as appropriate) prior to completion.
Question: Are the pre-requisites required prior to accession or prior to qualification being complete?
Answer: Pre-requisites are required to be completed prior to qualification. Guidance will be published on this REC website in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, please refer to the Market Entry Industry Session slides and video for an overview to the pre-requisites (see https://www.retailenergycode.co.uk/interactive-industry-session/)
Question: My organisation is currently in the Controlled Market Entry stage of market entry under the MRA. Will these rules still apply under the REC?
Answer: We expect that the CME operating conditions and exit criteria to remain the same as previously agreed with the MRA and will continue to apply after 1 September 2021.
There may be instances where conditions are no longer applicable or alternative ones would be needed. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis and we expect an initial review to be completed prior to or as part of the first annual maintenance cycle.
A request is being sent via the MRA to all parties identified as being in CME to allow for this information to be shared with the REC.
We propose that REC Parties currently under Controlled Market Entry Conditions (CMEC) will be written to by the MRA to permit the sharing of your conditions to the REC.
Question: What submission type will be required for an additional role qualification?
Answer: If an additional role qualification is applied for, then the market entry process would need to be completed.