The purpose of MOCOPA® is to ensure safety, technical and interface arrangements between distribution businesses and meter operators are followed and the Registration Authority is responsible for the accession and assurance of MOCOPA® Operators.
To accede to MOCOPA®, you must be actively working as a BSC Meter Operator or on behalf of an existing MOCOPA® Operator or have a plan to implement metering operations within a three month period of accession. The accession process includes site audits and HQ audits to be carried out within three months of completing the initial application process. To enable us to conduct these audits, you must have operations set up and be able to perform the relevant duties of a Meter/MOCOPA® operator.
Step 1 – Consider becoming a BSC Qualified Meter Operator Agent
The first step for your company is to consider whether it is useful to become a BSC (Balancing and Settlement Code) qualified Meter Operator Agent. This will allow you to work within the GB Electricity market and assist with market entry. Listed below are links tto the relevant pages within the ELEXON website. Please note neither MOCOPA® nor Gemserv Ltd have any involvement in this process. Questions regardng BSC qualification should be directed to ELEXON directly.
ELEXON Home Page
Market Entry Information
Current BSC Qualified Parties (FYI)
Alternatively, you can also accede to MOCOPA® directly without BSC qualification if your company is working under the instruction of a BSC qualified Meter Operator Agent.
Step 2 – MOCOPA® accreditation
Upon successful implementation of metering operations you will be able to consider accession to MOCOPA®. To apply, follow the guidance and complete the documents listed below.
– Please read the obligations you are acceding to in the MOCOPA®, then
– Complete schedule 4 of the Meter Operation Code of Practice Agreement (MOCOPA®) – Form of Accession Agreement.
– Section 2 and 3
– This outlines the process and relevant sections of MOCOPA® which you should be aware of.
– Appendix 1
– A general flow diagram of the accession process
Please note that due to the implementation of the Smart Metering Program, there is a considerable influx of applications to become MOCOPA® accredited. You will be given indicative timescales for completion when you submit your application, however, please be aware that the duration of accession will be dependent on the quality of your submission and the scheduling of site visits. The MOCOPA® accreditation consists of three parts:
1. Initial Application Process
The Registration Authority will review your application. The timescales are dependent on the quality of your application, but this step can take up to two months to be completed.
2. Provisional MOCOPA® Application
If your application is considered to be satisfactory, you will be granted a provisional certificate. This will be valid for three months from the date of issue. Within these three months, the Registration Authority will assess your technical compentency on site and your headquarters processes and procedures.
3. Full MOCOPA Certificate
If your audits have concluded satisfactory, you will be awarded a Full MOCOPA Certificate, which will be valid until the MOCOPA financial year concludes. This will be ensued by annual HQ and Site Audits, until membership ends.
MOCOPA® Accession and Registration Fees are set annually by the MOCOPA® Review Panel and are dependent on the size of the Meter Operator. For that reason, the MOCOPA® accession fee differs, however, approximate fees are between £2,000 and £3,000 for the accession and membership until the end of the MOCOPA® financial year (1st April – 31st March). Upon submission of the MOCOPA® application form, you will be invoiced an initial accession fee. After the provisional certificate is issued, you will be invoiced the MOCOPA® Registration Fee.
Please send your application to email@example.com