In the event of a retailer unexpectedly exiting the market; the Interim Supply Allocation process may be initiated to ensure that customers continue to receive their services, but through a provisional retailer.
Ofwat will instruct MOSL to carry out an Interim Supply Allocation exercise, who will then allocate the Interim Duty Supply Points to retailers on the final list of Opted In Retailers for the relevant Interim Supply Allocation.
To be eligible to receive Interim Supply Points, you must be on the list of 'Opted In' retailers for Interim Supply Allocations. To do this, you need to have submitted a request on Kissflow and submitted an Interim Supply Opt In Agreement on CMOS. This will notify both MOSL and Ofwat of your intent to Opt In for Interim Supply Allocation Events. Upon submission of your request, MOSL will check and validate your Opted In status before you will be eligible to receive any Interim Supply Points as part of an Interim Supply Allocation. Shortly after choosing to become an Opted In Retailer, you must also provide further information to Ofwat in accordance with the Interim Supply Code.
Opting in is a permanent request, subject to opting out at a later date or temporarily suspending your Opted In status in the event of an Interim Supply Allocation
The table below outlines the key differences between Interim Supply, Gap Site Allocation and Direction to Supply Allocation.
If you are an Opted In Retailer, you can choose to opt out at any point during the year. To do this, you must notify MOSL and Ofwat via Kissflow. The Kissflow submission will contain:
• The area(s) for which the Opted In status needs to be amended; and/or
• The service(s) from which you wish to be opted out
Please note, prior to notifying MOSL of your intention to opt out, you need to have provided further information to Ofwat in accordance with the Interim Supply Code.
After being notified of an impending Interim Supply Allocation, Opted In Retailers have the opportunity to temporarily suspend their 'Opted In' status for that specific Interim Supply Allocation.
To do this, you must notify both MOSL and Ofwat by submitting a Kissflow submission before the deadline specified in Interim Supply Notice. The Kissflow submission will serve as confirmation that you wish to temporarily suspend your 'Opted In' status for the relevant allocation exercise and will contain:
• Confirmation that you wish to suspend your 'Opted In' status for the specified allocation exercise;
• The Area(s) for which you wish to suspend your 'Opted In' retailer status;
• The services (water or sewerage) from which you want to be temporarily suspended; and
• An explanation for the temporary rescission and confirmation that the the Authority has been notified of these reasons.
Unless Ofwat directs otherwise, any request received by MOSL or Ofwat after the deadline will be rejected and the 'Opted In' retailer will have Interim Supply Points registered to them.
Once the deadline for temporary suspension has passed, retailers have no further actions until Interim Duty Supply points are allocated to them, at which point they need to take the necessary steps to make the Supply Point Tradable. If the Supply Point is metered, retailers will need to make arrangements for the submission of a Transfer Read to MOSL, in relation to all meters registered at each affected Supply Point, in accordance with CSD 0102 (Registration: Transfers) and CSD 0202 (Meter Read Submission: Process).
Other than notifying MOSL if a retailer becomes subject to an insolvency event, the wholesaler has very limited involvement in the Interim Supply Allocation exercise. Once the Interim Supply Points have been allocated to retailers, the relevant wholesaler(s) may need to complete actions in accordance with CSD 0102 (Registration: Transfers) and CSD 0202 (Meter Read Submission: Process) in order to make the Supply Point Tradable.
In the event of retailer insolvency occurring as described in Section 11.3 of the Business Terms, the wholesaler must change the ‘Wholesale Contract’ agreement status for that retailer to ‘NOMORESPID’.