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Issue Resolution Proposals (IRPs)

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 IRPs 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, IRPs are passed to the Smart Energy Code Administrator and Secretariat (SECAS) to incorporate into the SEC via the Modification Process.

IRP Process

IRPs are (for the time being) discussed at the Technical Specification Issue Resolution Sub-Group (TSIRS), until this moves from being governed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (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. Where previously this would have been addressed during the BEIS designation solution implementation, it will now be covered by the Modification Process through the DCC Assessments.

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). These impact assessments provide the DCC costs to deliver the changes. This information is presented to the TABASC, the Working Group, and other Sub-Committees that may be affected by the specific IRPs to seek further feedback.

SEC Parties are also consulted as part of the Refinement Process to identify costs to their organisation for implementing the change. These costs are then weighed up against the benefits that SEC Parties believe will be delivered by the change.

SEC Parties are consulted further during the Report Phase to gain views on whether to implement the change, considering the implementation costs and business case. These views are combined with the business case information within the Modification Report and are considered by the Change Board to decide whether to implement the solution or not.

The diagram below shows the agreed timetable where the IRPs are batched together and raised as part of a SEC modification.

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