Retail Energy Code (REC)—key features
Produced in partnership with Kirath Bharya of Gowling WLG

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Kirath Bharya of Gowling WLG provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Retail Energy Code (REC)—key features
  • What is the Retail Energy Code (REC)?
  • What is the legal basis of the REC?
  • How has the REC framework been developed?
  • What are the key provisions of the REC?
  • CSS Transition
  • REC Board
  • Code Manager
  • REC Costs
  • Change Control Process
  • More...

Retail Energy Code (REC)—key features

What is the Retail Energy Code (REC)?

The Retail Energy Code (REC) is a new code governing the retail aspects of the gas and electricity markets in Great Britain (GB).

It will facilitate implementation of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (Ofgem) Switching Programme and consolidate and harmonise the gas and electricity retail code requirements currently set out in the Master Registration Agreement (MRA) and the Supply Point Administration Agreement (SPAA). For more information on the MRA and SPAA, see Practice Note: Industry Bodies and Codes—Great Britain Electricity and gas market.

The Switching Programme is intended to encourage and improve consumers' experience of switching gas/electricity supplier. In particular, the Switching Programme is designed to enable fast switching. The new faster switching regime will be delivered via a new Central Switching Service (the CSS) provided by the CSS Provider under the REC. The Data Communications Company (the DCC) is required by its smart metering communications licences to procure and deliver the CSS and is therefore the designated CSS Provider under the REC. For more information in relation to the developments to date in respect of Ofgem’s Switching Programme, see Practice Note: Great Britain energy market—policy and policy implementation tracker.

Gas and electricity suppliers, gas transporters, electricity distribution network operators and the DCC are required by their energy licences to accede to and comply with

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