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Here you can download all of our latest publications including live RECCo consultations, our responses to industry consultations, RECCo case studies, or thought leadership papers. If you can't find the document you are looking for please email the team at info@retailenergycode.co.uk

Consultation on DCC Service Provider Performance Charges

RECCo consultation – Status: open

RECCo have issued a consultation on DCC Service Provider Performance Charges. This follows a proposal from Ofgem that some of the DCC’s Switching Service Level Agreements (SLAs) under the REC, could be subject to assurance through Ofgem’s regulated price control rather than the REC Performance Assurance Framework (PAF).

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RECCo response to Ofgem’s Forward Work Programme

Consultation response

In January, Ofgem’s Forward Work Programme was published for consultation. While it is extensive and the areas highlighted are very much needed, it is unclear how Ofgem plan to prioritise and ensure a joined-up approach across all the activities. RECCo also notes the opportunity for Ofgem to consider encouraging investment and innovation by taking a flexible approach, with non-mass-market, de-centralised solutions tailored to resolve holistic challenges.

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RECCo response to Citizens Advice – Draft Consumer Work Plan 2022/23

Consultation response

In January, the Citizens Advice draft Work Plan was published for consultation and we were delighted to see the number of initiatives across the Citizens Advice’s four work streams that focus not only on the current energy crisis, but also include ensuring more robust provisions for all future consumers. In our response, we observe many synergies and opportunities to collaborate with Citizens Advice in meeting those ambitions.

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RECCo response to Ofgem’s statutory consultation to modify licence conditions related to the Switching Programme

Consultation response

RECCo are pleased to be part of Ofgem’s faster, more reliable Switching Programme. This consultation highlights additional roles for the REC and RECCo, including further measures to be part of the performance assurance framework. We address these in our response.

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RECCo response to Ofgem’s consultations on interventions to address risks to consumers from market volatility

Consultation response

RECCo responds to Ofgems suite of consultations on retail energy market resilience and reporting. We set out a number of issues on the potential adaptation of the price cap methodology and concerns that some options are detrimental to consumers
 

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Scope for the Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement reference architecture to operate under the Retail Energy Code

Consultation response

RECCo’s response to Ofgem’s request to consider the case for the Event Driven Architecture (EDA) being developed under the Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) Programme to be governed under the Retail Energy Code (REC) as a REC Service.

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RECCo response to BEIS low carbon heat pump consultations

Consultation response

As part of the Heat and Building Strategy, BEIS published a suite of consultations focused on off gas grid transition to low carbon heating. RECCo is supportive of the transition to low-carbon heating alternatives and agrees that decarbonisation is central to the challenge of achieving net zero ambitions.
 

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RECCo response to DCC Price Control consultation

Consultation response

Ofgem also published its consultation on DCC price control for the regulatory year 2020/21. RECCo will, in due course, assume the responsibility for overseeing and funding the DCC in its role as Central Switching Service provider. Our response primarily focussed on the aspects of the consultation relating to the Switching Programme and the transition from programme to operational governance, and can be found here.

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RECCO response to Ofgem Default Tariff Consultations and Open letter

Consultation response

RECCo welcomes the work Ofgem is doing to resolve some of the challenges in the retail energy market. However, there are core assumptions and considerations which should be taken into account, not least the impact on consumers. We set out our concerns in our full response.
 

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BEIS Opt-in and testing Opt-out switching – RECCo response

Consultation response

Since these proposals were published in July, the energy markets have seen drastic and sustained increases in wholesale prices. In light of these events we would recommend that BEIS take a period of time to allow prices to stabilise before revisiting its proposals.

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Consultation on the Design and Delivery of the Energy Code Reform - RECCo response

Consultation response

RECCo welcome efforts to improve energy code governance, particularly where the governance arrangements are to facilitate the industry’s response to the challenges posed by a transition to net-zero. However, we do not consider that the reform of code management and provision of a clearer strategic direction are necessarily complementary proposals or in any way mutually dependent.

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Ofgem Microbusiness Strategy Review: Policy Consultation – RECCo response

Consultation response

We are generally supportive of measures that will improve the operation of the retail energy market and benefit consumers. We also consider it would be within both the scope and capabilities of the REC to govern TPI/broker conduct.

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Call for evidence: Review of the regulatory arrangements for the Data Communications Company - RECCo response

Consultation response

We welcome the review and are broadly comfortable that the draft Terms of Reference will address the right areas.

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