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Metering Code of Practice Consolidation Review

What is the Metering Code of Practice Consolidation Review?

RECCo is conducting a full review of the metering codes of practice which form part of the Metering Accreditation Scheme (REC Schedule 14) and Smart Installation schedule (REC Schedule 16).

REC Version 2.0 saw the transition of the metering codes of practice on an ‘as-is’ basis from the previous MRA and SPAA codes with the recommendation that these would be further consolidated into a single set of arrangements and delivered by a single scheme auditor.

Metering CoP Review Project explained

In this session watch our Business Analyst and Subject Matter Expert, Rob Short, explain what the Metering CoP Consolidation Review is all about.

To review the draft of new arrangements, please visit hereWe welcome any feedback and comments. These can be submitted to Robert.short@retailenergycode.co.uk

Objective and Scope of Review

The following Metering Codes of Practice are in scope of the review:
  • Gas Metering Code of Practice (MCoP)
  • Meter Operator Code of Practice Association (MOCoPA)
  • Automated Meter Reader Service Provider Code of Practice (ASPCoP)
  • Smart Meter Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP)

 

The guiding principles of the review are to:
  • Remove duplication
  • Simplify the code
  • Drive efficiency, both in the audit scheme and adherence to the CoP(s)
  • Assess for validity and relevance to current environment, regarding potential impacts upon competition and innovation
  • Facilitate accreditations being awarded with a single audit
  • Remove barriers to entry
  • Ensure code protects the needs of the energy consumers

Who is affected by the CoP Consolidation review?

As the review will be taking into consideration the REC Metering Codes of Practice, the Parties affected are Meter Equipment Managers (MEMs), Meter Installers (MIs), Suppliers and current Scheme auditors.

Workstreams

The project approach comprises 4 workstreams:

Regulatory

The first stage of the regulatory workstream will be to review the current metering codes of practice and audit process into a single set of arrangements that are streamlined to provide a better experience for market participants.

The drafting of the consolidated arrangements will be delivered with the guidance of the Metering Expert Panel.

The second stage will be a REC Change Proposal to reflect the consolidated set of arrangements. The CP will be issued to industry for impact assessment and consultation with implementation planned for November 2022.

Procurement

In line with the consolidated set of metering arrangements, we will be seeking to procure a single service provider for the delivery of the new accreditation scheme.

It is important to note that procurement activities are not a reflection of the performance of our current service providers.

Mobilisation

There will be a period of mobilisation starting January 2023, where the service provider will become familiar with the new set of arrangements, develop processes and prepare for the next audit cycle.

Stakeholder engagement

We will be engaging with the industry through a variety of different channels including the Metering Expert Panel, workshops, newsletter updates and consultations.

Progress and Updates

Please find our response to the recent declaration of conflict of interest with the MEP Chair here.

How can I stay informed?

We will be making updates to this page as the project progresses, as well as providing monthly updates via the RECCo newsletter and the Metering Expert Panel area of the Portal.

Any additional feedback or questions can be emailed to the Project Lead, Aiyesha Andrade. 

Events

Webinar Invitation

RECCo is inviting stakeholders and interested parties to attend a Metering CoP Consolidation Introductory session on the 7th June 2022, where we will give an overview of the project, the delivery timescales, and how the new metering arrangements are structured in order to maximise the review period.

The session will be recorded and become available after the event date on our website. Register here to attend live.

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