What are IRPs
IRPs identify issues within the Smart Energy Code (SEC) Technical Specification documents and put forward a solution to the identified problem. They can affect the ‘Great Britain Companion Specification’ (GBCS), ‘Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications’ (SMETS) or ‘Communications Hub Technical Specifications’ (CHTS). IRPs broadly fit into three categories:
- Data Communications Company (DCC) System impacting IRPS;
- Non-DCC System impacting but requires testing by DCC Service Providers; or
- Non-DCC System impacting IRPs that affect the Technical Specification documents only.
Once these issues have been identified and a solution has been agreed at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Technical Specification Issue Resolution Sub-Group (TSIRS), these IRPs are passed to the Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat (SECAS) to incorporate into the SEC via the Modification Process.
The IRP enduring process is being transferred from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to the Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat (SECAS). IRPs will now be implemented into the SEC through the Modification Process. The Modification Process requires that each change to the DCC Systems is assessed by the DCC to provide a Preliminary Assessment (PA) and an Impact Assessment (IA).
IRPs will still (for the time being) be discussed at the TSIRS, until this moves from being governed by BEIS to being overseen by the Technical Architecture and Business Architecture Sub-Committee (TABASC). Discussions at this group establish what solution is required to issues (guidance or technical fix). Whilst they are discussed with the DCC and DCC Service providers, the detailed technical solution and costs are not covered at this point. Whilst before this would have been addressed during the BEIS designation solution implementation, it will now be covered by the Modification Process through the DCC Assessments.