Become a MOCOPA® Party

Distribution Businesses

Distribution Network Operators are obliged in industry to be a Party to the MOCOPA® as set out in Clause 27 of the Distribution Connection and use of System Agreement (DCUSA). This includes Independent Distribution Network Operators that are listed and registered on Ofgem’s website.

To become a Party to the MOCOPA® please firstly read

for guidance on joining the Agreement, and provide us with a completed version of . Once we have countersigned and returned Schedule 4, we will provide you with a and for your completion. The MOCOPA® Distribution Audit Submission Form is based on Instructions on how to fill in the forms will be provided to you. All documentation should be sent to mocopa@gemserv.com.

The audit of your completed MOCOPA® Distribution Audit Submission Form is carried out by the Registration Authority. From the date we receive the form, audits generally take approximately two months to complete dependent on the quality of your submission.

An accession fee of £850 (for the April – March period) will be invoiced once the MOCOPA® Distribution Audit Submission Form has been received by the Registration Authority. From the following 1st April following accession, the annual fees and audit costs are dependent on the size of your organisation. For the April 2019 – March 2020 period these fees are between £1,500 – £4,500 per year.

Please read the MOCOPA® and RA Manual for the detailed clauses on accessions and fees. For assistance with your accession please contact us directly.

MOCOPA® Operators

To become a Party to the MOCOPA® you must firstly be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • a Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Meter Operator Agent; or
  • that you work on behalf of and under the instruction of an existing BSC Meter Operator Agent or current MOCOPA® Party; or
  • you plan to implement metering operations within a three-month period, as per either of the bullets above.

If you wish to become a BSC Meter Operator Agent or require assistance with Market Entry, please contact ELEXON directly. This needs to be completed before you apply to become a Party to MOCOPA®. To become a Party to the MOCOPA®, please firstly read the following guidance documents in order to help with your submission:

Should you wish to continue with your application, please provide us with a completed version of

. Once we have countersigned and returned Schedule 4, we will provide you with and . Please complete both forms in their entirety, alongside this .Instructions on how to fill in the forms will be provided to you. All documentation should be sent to mocopa@gemserv.com.

Your pre-application audit will be carried out by the Registration Authority. From the date we receive Appendix 2 and Appendix 4, this generally takes approximately two months to complete dependent on the quality of your submission. Following successful completion of the pre-application audit, it is suggested that sealing pliers are ordered, in preparation for the site audit. An invoice will be issued for the accession and registration fees. The fees are set by the MOCOPA® Review Panel and are dependent on the size of your operational workforce (how many employed Whole Current (WC) and Current Transformer (CT) operatives you have). For the April 2019 – March 2020 period these fees are between £3,000 – £4,000.

Please note: if your application is of poor quality and requires significant assistance from the Registration Authority, additional charges may be applied. This will be notified in advance.

Once payment is received, you will be asked to complete

. A MOCOPA® Auditor will arrange to visit your Headquarter Offices to carry out the audit. Following successful completion of this stage, a provisional MOCOPA® Certificate will be issued, that will be valid for three months.

During the provisional MOCOPA® Certificate time-frame, site audits will assess the use of the processes and procedures, and technical competency. Both Work in Progress (WIP) and Post Complete (PC) audits will be carried out on WC and CT (if applicable) meters. A minimum of four site audits will take place; the exact number is dependent on the size of your operational workforce.

Any non-compliance’s raised during your headquarter and site audits will require corrective actions to be put in place. Following approval of any corrective actions, a full MOCOPA® Certificate will be issued, valid until the 31st March in the following year. The Registration Authority will inform all Parties of your new accreditation. Annual assurance fees vary depending on the size of your organisation and number of non-compliance’s in the previous year. For assistance with your accession please contact us directly.

Please read the MOCOPA® and RA Manual for the detailed clauses on accessions and fees.