UPDATE: Ofgem decisions on COVID-19 Urgent UNC Modifications

Liam King, Manager, Industry Codes and Licensing, Future Retail Markets at Ofgem, provides an update on the urgent UNC Modifications that have been raised to help address the impacts of COVID-19.

Published on 07 May 2020

We would like to share an update with you in relation to the urgent UNC Modifications that have been raised to help address the impacts of COVID-19 on Gas Allocation, Unidentified Gas (UIG) and Annual Quantity (AQ). 

 

On Wednesday 6th May Liam King, Manager, Industry Codes and Licensing, Future Retail Markets at Ofgem, wrote to the Joint Office of Gas Transporters and said, 

 

“We are emailing you to let you know that we are not in a position to make the decision in these timescales. We understand the urgency of the issues the proposed change seeks to address, but it is important we make a robust and fully informed decision.  We are continuing to consider the issues UNC 0721 raises, including the post-implementation issues Industry has discussed and included in the Final Modification Report.  We are also considering the proposal in the round, in light of other initiatives being considered to address the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.  We are aiming to make a decision as soon as possible, but will not be in a position to make a decision ahead of 7th May.  

 

“We will update you as soon as we are able to, on when we expect to be in a position to make a decision on UNC 0721, and the other COVID-19 related Urgent Modifications that have been sent to us for decision.” 

 

Details for each Modification can be found below: 

  • 0721 (Urgent) - Shipper submitted Annual Quantity (AQ) Corrections during COVID-19
  • 0722 (Urgent) - Allow Users to submit Estimated Meter Reading during COVID-19
  • 0723 (Urgent) - Use of the Isolation Flag to identify sites with abnormal load reduction during COVID-19 period
  • 0724 (Urgent) - Amendment to Ratchet charges during COVID-19 period

To support the Modifications, we have created a set of training materials and How-To Guides that provide details on how the proposed functionality could be utilised, should they be approved. 

If you need any more support after you have reviewed our training materials or have any questions, please contact your Customer Advocate.