Project Nexus – August 2015
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What is happening?
Project Nexus, lead by Xoserve who currently operate the central system on behalf of Gas Transporters, is an industry-wide gas initiative to implement, in the UK, a central system which will support the role out of advanced and smart metering.
In addition to this, Ofgem (industry regulator) has approved a separate system change (Modification 0428) which means that existing aggregated Supply Points will no longer be allowed. An aggregated Supply Point occurs where a number of Meter Points are associated with a single Supply Point. With the updating of the central system, going forward, a Supply Point will only be able to contact a single Meter Point, therefore, nearly all meters will have individual and metering costs allocated to them. The timescales for the implementation of Project Nexus and Modification 0428 are aligned.
How will this affect gas customers?
Any customers that are currently using aggregated meter points at their sites are affected.
Once implementation has occurred, customer with aggregated Supply Points will no longer received aggregated bills; individual invoices will be provided for each meter.
Why does this need to be done?
The process of aggregating meters has created great complexity in mapping the gas supply network making data difficult to manage and the current metering system is out-dated.
By removing aggregation this will allow accurate data to be held in a single database from all UK gas meters which is a significant step in moving all UK gas customers onto Smart Meters by 2020.
When will the new rules come into effect?
Suppliers have not be able to create new aggregated supply points since April 2014.
Ofgem appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to provide independent project assurance to the Project Nexus Steering Group. Utilising the advice from PWC on industry-wide readiness it is now realised that that implementation date for Project Nexus of 1st October 2015 cannot be achieved. There will now be a revision of the project by Xoserve which should be complete. It is expected that this re-plan will determine a new proposed implementation data in 2016. Once Xoserve’s review is complete the industry will be advised of the new implementation date.
On 18th May 2015 Ofgem confirmed to the industry that they would continue to require suppliers to meet the 1st July 2015 deadline and if suppliers did not comply and de-aggregrate by this date, the Networks would step in and complete the work at a cost to the supplier.
What are BIU doing?
BIU are currently reviewing all impacted customers to determine what the change will mean to them. Once this is complete we will communicate any impact and when the change will be implemented.
What do customers need to do?
At the moment you don’t need to do anything. BIU will be sending you more information once we have completed the review mentioned above. If you have any further questions in the meantime, please contact your Account Manager.