The Commission for Regulation of Utilities decided that one aspect of the role of the Design Administrator will be the Support and Coordination of the change management process for the retail market.
- Facilitating raising of change requests
- Proposing alternatives
- Impact assessment for central market systems
- Understanding and reporting on impacts on supplier systems
- Analysing issues in market operation
- Proposing changes to remedy these.
There are three types of change control requests:
- Defect Resolution Requests
- Design Discussion Requests
- Market Change Requests
*Please note that this process is under review.
Defect Resolution Requests
A Defect Resolution Request should be raised to propose an agreed working procedure or a correction to one or more of the base-lined market design documents covered by this process, depending on the impact of the defect.
Where a consensus is achieved the resolution of the defect is accepted or rejected in accordance with the consensus. Where there is not consensus the CRU will be requested to provide a ruling.
Approved Defect Resolution Requests will immediately form part of the Retail Market Design baseline.
Completed Defect Resolution Requests will be presented and reviewed at the ReMCoWG/IGG.
Design Discussion Requests
The CRU, Industry Participants or RMDS may initiate a change to one or more of the base-lined market design documents covered by the change control process. The first step in this process is for the initiating party to request a Discussion Request. Together with RMDS the Discussion Request will be raised.
RMDS will distribute completed Discussion Requests to the ReMCoWG/IGG no less than 5 working days prior to the ReMCoWG/IGG meeting / IGG Conference Call. Completed Discussion Requests will be reviewed at the IGG/Conference Call where it will be either approved or carried forward for further discussion or clarification. The Discussion Request may be re-issued when necessary.
Discussion Requests when approved by the market forums are then progressed to Market Change Requests.
Market Change Requests
Once a Design Discussion request has been approved, RMDS shall be responsible for ensuring that a Market Change Request (MCR) is issued. Market participants will receive the MCR no less than 5 working days prior to an ReMCoWG/IGG or IGG Conference Call. Once approved by the market participants, RMDS will forward the MCR to the CRU for their approval. Once approved by CRU, the MCR will form part of the prioritisation list for any subsequent market design releases, until implemented.
Minor Market Release
RMDS manages the publication and administration of the market design. The market design is currently published on the RMDS website. All process flows are currently modelled in ARIS. (ARIS will cease before the end of 2014). The market undergoes a Schema related Market release on an average of once a year. Up until now, there has been no mechanism for changes to the published market design to be implemented in-between these schema related market releases. RMDS has identified a need to facilitate more regular market design updates which are non schema related and allow for documentation only updates. These Minor Market Releases are intended to take place each quarter.