CPW147 Decision Document

Wholesale Retail Code Change Proposal – Ref CPW147

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11th December, 2023

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Code Subsidiary Document (CSD) 0002 sets out information about the application of Market Performance Standards (MPS) 18 and 19, which encourage Retailers to take regular meter reads by applying a charge when there is an extended period between successive reads. In each month, MPS 18 and 19 allow 5% of a Retailer's total meter read tasks to fail before a charge is applied. One reading of the current drafting of CSD 0002 is that a Retailer could read the same meter multiple times in a month to increase their number of successful reads, and thus permit more failures elsewhere. This could perversely incentivise Retailers to read 'easy-to-read' meters more regularly than necessary at the expense of reading 'difficult-to-read' ones.