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20 May 2022

REC V3.0 READINESS

The Code Manager hosted the Introduction to REC V3.0 webinar on 12 May 2022. The recording of that session, and an aggregation of questions raised (and their responses) has now been published on the REC Portal.
20 May 2022

GAS ENQUIRY SERVICE (GES) AND ELECTRICITY ENQUIRY SERVICE (EES)

The Gas Enquiry Service (GES) Data Access Matrix and the Electricity Enquiry Service (EES) Data Access Matrix that will go live with REC V3.0 on 18 July 2022 are now available on the Energy Market Architecture Repository (EMAR) in the “Data Specification and Artifacts (July 2022 Pre-Release)” table here. To view the matrices, select either the GES or EES matrix from the table, then in the page that opens click on “Download for viewing”. The Data Access Matrices govern the data that different categories of Enquiry Service Users can access.
29 April 2022

OPERATIONAL METERING FORUMS 
 

In June 2022, the Code Manager will launch two open meetings under the remit of the Metering Expert Panel. These groups will provide stakeholders with a forum to discuss operational issues related to electricity and gas metering. All REC Parties will be invited to attend and contribute agenda items. There will be one electricity focused meeting and one gas focused meeting held each quarter.

The REC Code Manager is hosting an event which will provide an overview of the Operational Forums, their role within the REC, and expected interactions with the normal business of the Metering Expert Panel and REC Change Process . This session will take place on 24 May 2022 (10:00 – 11:30); please register your attendance here.


29 April 2022

LISTEN TO OUR LATEST PODCAST
 

In this month’s podcast, Paul Rocke is joined by RECCo’s Andrew Grace discussing the Market Stabilisation Charge (MSC). You can listen to this podcast here.


26 April 2022

RECORDING PUBLISHED: EMAR NOW AND IN THE FUTURE
 

The Code Manager held a session on the EMAR on 25 April 2022. You can access the recording here.


25 April 2022

RECORDING PUBLISHED: MARKET STABILSATION CHARGE (MSC) WALKTHROUGH 
 

The Code Manager held a session on Market Stabilsation Charge on 22 April 2022. You can access the recording here.


21 April 2022

REC WIKI LAUNCHED ON PORTAL 
 

Launched today, the REC Wiki is a collection of over 70 articles about REC Products and Services, industry terms, and useful knowledge.

Use the REC Wiki to quickly find answers to your questions, saving yourself the time it takes to raise a Service Desk ticket and wait for a response. Head over to the REC Wiki now to see for yourself.


13 April 2022

DEBT ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL (DAP) WORKSHOP

On 31 March 2022, REC Stakeholders were invited to join a DAP workshop. To access a summary of outputs, please click here.
11 April 2022

RECORDING PUBLISHED: REC RELEASE V2.2.1 WALKTHROUGH

The Code Manager held a session on 11 April 2022 to provide a walkthrough of the two Change Proposals due to be implemented into the REC on 14 April 2022. You can access a recording of the session via the Code Manager's YouTube channel.
04 April 2022

RECORDING PUBLISHED: DEBT ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL (DAP) WORKSHOP

On 31 March 2022, REC Stakeholders were invited to join a DAP workshop. At this session, we asked industry stakeholders to provide us feedback on the current Debt Assignment Protocol (DAP) process and support identification of opportunities for improvement. To access the recording please click here.
30 March 2022

LISTEN TO OUR LATEST PODCAST

The Code Manager has just published its latest monthly podcast. In this month's podcast, Paul Rocke is joined by Rebecca Mottram to discuss the key Performance Assurance processes and engagement activities that are planned over the coming months. Take ten minutes to listen, through the link here or by searching for Retail Energy Code on Spotify.
24 March 2022

SECURE DATA EXCHANGE PORTAL (SDEP) WORKSHOP - 03 MARCH 2022 

The REC Code Manager hosted a SDEP workshop on 03 March 2022 to discuss improvements to the service, thanks to those who took the time to attend.

To see a summary of the improvements,  please click here.
17 March 2022

DEBT ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL (DAP) WORKSHOP - 31 MARCH 2022 10:00

The REC Code Manager will host Debt Assignment Protocol (DAP) industry workshop on Thursday 31st March at 10:00 – 12:00. We would like to invite supplier representatives with operational individuals who specialise in the DAP process. 

Please find an industry handout which explains the background on the DAP process and how we are measuring it. The handout also includes several questions which we are asking Parties to reflect on ahead of the session.

To register for the event, please click here.
10 March 2022

REC PORTAL HOTFIX - DOWNTIME ON 15 MARCH 2022 FROM 17:00 

From 17:00 on 15 March 2022, the REC Portal will have a period of maintenance to deploy a hotfix which will recitfy an issue preventing Portal Users with Performance Assurance responsibilities from downloading files from the ‘Your Files’ section within REC Performance Assurance areas. 
02 March 2022

UPDATED STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY PUBLISHED

Today, the Code Manager has published an updated version of its Stakeholder Engagement Strategy onto the Portal. This update provides specific information about our approach to stakeholder engagement in the run up to Central Switching Service Go-Live and REC V3.0.

The document sets out the principles and objectives of Code Manager engagement, as well as the channels we use to make sure you get the right messages at the right time.

Click here to open the Portal page in a new window. 
01 March 2022

RECORDING PUBLISHED: DATA SPECIFICATION CHANGES DEMONSTRATION

On 25 February 2022, REC stakeholders were invited to join a demonstration of recent changes to the Data Specification held in EMAR which went live on 24 February 2022. Our thanks to all of those who took time to attend.

We've uploaded a recording of the session to our YouTube page. It's a fairly long recording, so we've broken the video into smaller chapters which you can navigate to via the description in the video.

Miss the session? We're holding a second demonstration session on 10 March 2022 - register here.
28 February 2022

LISTEN TO OUR LATEST PODCAST

The Code Manager has just published its latest monthly podcast. In this episode, Paul Rocke and Sarah Gratte talk through some of the key events and milestones under the REC, including changes to EMAR, SDEP and the Portal. Take ten minutes to listen, through the link here or by searching for Retail Energy Code on Spotify.
25 February 2022

CHANGES TO DATA SPECIFICATION NOW LIVE

Yesterday, 24 February 2022, the Code Manager implemented changes to the Data Specification on EMAR. There have been no changes to the contents of the Data Specification but the way in which the Market Messages and Data Items are presented has been enhanced. We’ve also introduced a downloadable HTML format and published an Access Database containing all Data Specification Market Messages. You can view the new look Data Specification via the EMAR Dashboard here and there is guidance on using the Data Specification available here

Also, please note that with effect from 28 February 2022, the MRA Data Transfer Catalogue website will no longer be available, as it is superseded by the REC Data Specification.
23 February 2022

SMART METER INSTALLATION CUSTOMER SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED

The Q4 Smart Meter Installation Customer Survey report has now been finalised and published here on the REC Portal for REC Parties to view.

In line with requirements set out in the Smart Meter Installation Schedule, the report is firstly shared with the Performance Assurance Board (PAB) before being published more widely. 
23 February 2022

REMINDER: PORTAL DOWNTIME

The REC Portal will be unavailable for approximately four hours from 17:00 on 23 February 2022, to facilitate the latest functionality release - click here to see release notes.
21 February 2022

RECORDING PUBLISHED: PORTAL UX WORKSHOP

On 17 February 2022, a cross-section of Portal Users attended a Code Manager workshop to review User Experience on the REC Portal. Our thanks to all of those who took time to provide feedback.

We've uploaded a recording of the session to our YouTube page. It's a fairly long recording, so we've broken the video into chapters which you can navigate to via the description in the video.

As an output of this session, we'll be working with the Portal developers to identify potential UX enhancements, that we will impact assess, prioritise, and include viable candidates on the Portal roadmap for change.
18 February 2022

NOTIFICATION OF PORTAL AND EMAR DOWNTIME

EMAR will be unavailable for a period of approximately one hour from 17:00 on 22 February 2022, whilst scheduled maintenance is completed.

The REC Portal will be unavailable for approximately four hours from 17:00 on 23 February 2022, to facilitate the latest functionality release - click here to see release notes.
18 February 2022

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF SEARCH FUNCTIONALITY

Please note that the search functionality on the REC Portal is currently disabled while a technical issue is investigated. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
18 February 2022

LATEST BULLETIN PUBLISHED

Please navigate to the Bulletin Archive tab to download the most current edition of the Weekly Bulletin and to view an archive of historic bulletins. Via this tab, you can also send us an email to subscribe to receive the bulletins to your email.
18 February 2022

WELCOME TO REC NEWS

Welcome to the home of latest news, updates and archived information on the REC Portal. 
On this page you can see information about upcoming events organised by the REC Code Manager. By clicking Register Here you will be taken to our Eventbrite page to sign up for an event.
Event: Market Stabilisation Charge (MSC) Progess Walkthrough
Date: 23 May 2022  Time: 14:00 - 15:00 
Event Organiser: Code Manager
Location: Via Teams


 
Event: Metering Operational Forums Overview 
Date: 24 May 2022  Time: 10:00 - 11:30 
Event Organiser: Code Manager
Location: Via Teams


 
Event: Performance Assurance REC V3 Webinar
Date: 26 May 2022  Time: 10:00 - 12:00 
Event Organiser: Code Manager
Location: Via Teams


 
Event: RECCo Metering CoP Consolidation Project Webinar
Date: 07 June 2022  Time: 10:00 - 11:30 
Event Organiser: Code Manager
Location: Via Teams


 
Event: REC V3.0 SDEP Changes Webinar
Date: 09 June 2022  Time: 14:00 - 15:30 
Event Organiser: Code Manager
Location: Via Teams


 
Each Friday, the Code Manager publishes two bulletins, collating the key information of that week and distributing it to subscribers. One bulletin relates to general REC information, the other is specific to REC Change information. Below is an archive containing all historic bulletins. All information contained within the bulletins was correct at the time of publication.

Date of Publication (Edition Number)

General Bulletin Download Link

Change Bulletin Download Link

 29 April 2022 (Edition 26)
 22 April 2022 (Edition 25)
 14 April 2022 (Edition 24)
 08 April 2022 (Edition 23)
 01 April 2022 (Edition 22)
 25 March 2022 (Edition 21)
 18 March 2022 (Edition 20)
 11 March 2022 (Edition 19)
25 February 2022 (Edition 17)
18 February 2022 (Edition 16)
11 February 2022 (Edition 15)
04 February 2022 (Edition 14)
28 January 2022 (Edition 13)
21 January 2022 (Edition 12)
14 January 2022 (Edition 11)
07 January 2022 (Edition 10)
31 December 2021 (Edition 9)
No Bulletin published this week
24 December 2021 (Edition 8)
No Bulletin published this week
17 December 2021 (Edition 7)
10 December 2021 (Edition 6)
03 December 2021 (Edition 5)
26 November 2021 (Edition 4)
19 November 2021 (Edition 3)
12 November 2021 (Edition 2)
05 November 2021 (Edition 1)
We've put together a list of useful resources that may be relevant to you. This includes links away to external industry organisations, as well as resources on the REC Portal that you may otherwise have missed.
The following links take you to useful areas of the REC Portal that you might not have previously noticed! Access to some areas of the Portal will require you to first log in to your Portal account.
Our Continuous Service Improvement (CSI) page provides you with access to information about upcoming and historic REC Portal changes, and provides a mechanism for you to provide feedback to the Code Manager.
The Energy Market Architecture Repository (EMAR) is the home of the digital REC. Here you can navigate the code, generate reports, carry out advanced searches, and view future versions of the code (pre-releases).
Access PDF versions of the REC Main Body, Schedules, Category 3 documents, forms and templates etc.
Access REC V3 drafting that has been approved by the Switching Programme Regulatory Group ahead of formal REC Change Proposals being submitted. 
The home of knowledge articles on the Portal.
Access all information relevant to the Smart Meter Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP) including practical advice for consumers
The following links are to external websites that may be of interest to you. The Code Manager is not responsible for content on external websites.
The website of the Association of Meter Operators (AMO), a trade association representing organisations operating in the electricity and gas metering industry.
The website of the government department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The Code Administration Code of Practice (CACoP) is the group of industry Code Administrators and Code Managers responsible for the industry codes. Content includes a calendar of meetings across all codes.
The website for the organisation helping consumers with questions about issues including the energy market.
Access the Gas Data Enquiry Service - the online tool for completing gas market enquiries that are critical to the daily running of the industry.
Access the Electricity Enquiry Service (EES) - formerly known as ECOES - the database allowing management of electricity Meter Point information across GB.
The website of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), a trade association representing organisations operating in the electricity and gas networks industry.
The website of the organisation appointed by Ofgem to independently handle disputes between consumers and energy suppliers.
The website of Energy UK, a trade association representing organisations operating in the energy sector.
Access the Green Deal Central Charge database - the tool for the management of Green Deal plans that are active in the market
The website of the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body, which manages the authorisation scheme for participants in the Green Deal.
The Industrial & Commercial Shippers and Suppliers Group, a representative group providing a voice for non-domestic Suppliers across gas and electricity.
The website for the energy markets regulator.
Follow the Code Manager on LinkedIn for updates.
The website for the Retail Energy Code Company (RECCo) which is separate from the REC Code Manager and responsible for the strategic direction of the Code.
The UK Revenue Protection Association (UKRPA) is a trade association representing organisations involved in the detection and prevention of the theft of gas and electricity.
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