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MOP Contract & DC/DA Info

Chris Hurcombe July 30, 2012

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MOP Contract – Half Hourly

A Meter Operator or (Electricity MOP Contract) is only required for half hourly electricity contracts but you must have a valid mop agreement in place if you have this type of supply. This contract covers  the supply of the meter, maintenance  and the necessary telecommunications for sending consumption data to your chosen energy supplier.  1x1.trans MOP Contract & DC/DA Info

The subject of metering is often confusing for customers since  privatisation, particularly since the meter operator contract is no longer part of the standard supply agreement.

Many customers are unaware of required legislation such as the statutory requirement that sites with a maximum demand in excess of 100kW should have half-hourly metering  installed as standard, and are unsure of who to contact. The process of managing the relationship between the Supplier, Meter Operator and Local Distributor is often a minefield, and is an area where many customers choose to outsource.

It is standard practice to lease a half hourly meter from a meter operator as its then there responsibility to maintain an effective on-going service and ensure effective data delivery of your energy consumption.

A MOP contract is usually based on a five year agreement and costs around £250 – £600 per annum depending on the type of half hourly supply. This is always a stand alone agreement and is independent on any separate electricity supply agreement and so you will be invoiced directly from your meter operator for any associated service charges.

If you fail to appoint a 3rd party meter operator then your supplier may appoint one for you, usually their preferred supplier.  Any additional cost is normally passed through on your supply contract, however over the last few years suppliers prefer customers to appoint their own direct MOP supplier as this avoids any conflicts of interest.

What is a MOP Contract

A Meter Operator (or MOP) is the company that will go to site and fit your meter and then provide on-going meter maintenance. If your meter is going to be non-half hourly meter (NHH) your supplier will allocate the local meter operator to install metering at your site. If you require a half-hourly meter (HH) to be fitted, you will need to choose a meter operator to attend your site to fit the meter. You must arrange a contract (known as a Meter Operator Agreement or MOP contract) with your chosen meter operator in order for this work to go ahead.  Sites with a maximum demand of over 100kW are required to have metering installed that is capable of measuring consumption in half hourly periods. The meters are read remotely via a telecommunications link. This type of metering is governed by an industry Codes of Practice; Code 3 for sites with a maximum demand exceeding 1MW, and Code 5 for sites with a maximum demand over 100kW.

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The installation of half hourly metering on sites below 100kW is optional. For sites with a maximum demand over 100kW, half hourly metering is not only mandatory, it is a prerequisite in electricity supply agreements. In order to install half-hourly metering an accredited Meter Operator must be appointed. Energy suppliers will appoint a meter operator on your behalf unless you nominate and appoint your own.

Request a call back from our team today, and we will explain how the market works and arrange a MOP Contract quote for your requirments.

We can offer the following benefits:

- Clear and simple advice.

- A simple quote with no hidden extra’s.

- Collection of your data and monthly consumption reporting

- Fully delivered solution and ongoing support.


MOP Contract – Data Collector/Data Aggregator (DC/DA)

The opportunity for consumers to nominate their own Data Collector/Data Aggregator (DC/DA) has existed since 1998. Many customers have still not taken advantage of this, leaving their chosen supplier to appoint their own preferred provider. There are significant advantages to nominating your own DC/DA, including enhanced data, provision often at little or no extra cost.

MOP Contracts Q&A

  1. Q. How much should a meter operator agreement or meter operations contract cost? A meter operator agreement costs from £250.00 to £500.00 per annum depending on factors such as the meter operator and the type of meter. There will usually be a separate charge for the communications link which varies from area to area.
  2. Q. How do I get a new MOP contract or Meter Operator Agreement set-up? Once you have chosen your meter operator, you will need to call them and arrange a contract – they will supply you with all of the necessary paperwork. The contract will include payment for the meter to be fitted as well as an annual payment for the maintenance of that meter. The MOP agreement will not organise a meter installation date. You will need to liaise with your supplier in order to get a meter installation date after you have set-up a MOP Agreement. Without this MOP Agreement in place, the meter installation date cannot be arranged.
  3. Q. Can you arrange a Meter Operator Agreement for me? Yes, we are able to assist in all aspects related to metering and Meter Operator Agreements.
  4. Q. Does a MOP agreement include the collection and delivery of my supply data? Although you are free to select different companies for your Meter Operations and Data Collection many companies combine this solution to eliminate problems within the supply chain.

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Independent MOP Contract Agreement Service Summary

Choose Catalyst to assist in the quoting, implementation and tracking of your meter operator contract to remove the hassle and inconvenience of trying to coordinate different service providers on this complex project. We only work with approved high quality meter operators and we’ll also provide you with your own high quality data management service. We sit between all suppliers and agents ensuring that we can move quickly to instigate your required service.

We also take care and arrange for delivery of all of the meter technical information required by agents and suppliers. We make the process as simple as possible as will we post out a formal agreement with accompanying terms and conditions for your review. Upon signature and return of these agreements we will arrange the process of this agreement and liaise direct with your supplier to coordinate the appointment of your new MOP Contract.  Please contact us to discuss any half hour mop contract requirements that you may have.

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Chris Hurcombe

Chris co-founded Catalyst Commercial Services in 2001, and has had a very successful 15-year career in the utilities industry at Director level. Chris is an authority on how businesses need to change and adapt to a future of constrained energy resources, global warming and evolving consumer expectations. He is well known and respected throughout the energy industry and regularly contributes to leading energy market publications. He also has a passion for rugby and has played semi-professional rugby at a high level including many representative honours both in the UK and around the World. Follow Me On Google+ View all posts by Chris Hurcombe →

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