MPAS is the service that provides the national database that identifies of all UK electricity meters.
What Is the Meter Point Administration Service?
The Meter Point Administration Service also referred to as MPAS, is a centralised national service that maintains the data associated with electricity meters including the MPANs.
This database is called the Electricity Central Online Enquiry Service (ECOES) and it contains the following information:
- Meter location/property
- Local distribution network operator
- Meter profile type such as domestic or commercial, economy 7, half-hourly, AMR, Smart, etc.
- Number of time switches the meter has for multiple meter recordings, such as economy 7
- Loss line factor identification number
- A check digit number to aid validation of the MPAN across different systems
- The current energy supplier
Who Runs the MPAS?
The MPAS is run by the Metering Point Administration Service Company (MPASCo) who are responsible for the multi-party agreement between the energy suppliers and the distribution network operators to manage the data that forms the ECOES.
MPAS was established and funded by the energy suppliers and distribution network operators to assist the transfer or switching of suppliers by energy users. Through the creation of the MPAS, it has made the identification of meter information and energy suppliers much easier to obtain and therefore assisting energy suppliers in switching customers energy from another supplier.
What Are MPANs?
MPANs are the unique reference number that identifies every electricity meter in the UK, also referred to as Meter Point Administration Number.
MPANs are made up of several sets of numbers that identify several different aspects of the meter and its electricity supply, including the type of meter and the local distribution network operator.
Who Can Access Information From the MPAS?
Energy suppliers can access information on the MPAS to find out the MPAN of a meter in a property and to identify who the current supplier is, and the type of meter installed in the property.
This helps the energy supplier support customers in switching energy suppliers as well as providing advice on their electricity supply. Energy suppliers can access the ECOES database online.
The local distribution network operators can access the ECOES to assist customers in identifying their energy supplier and the type of meter that is installed in their property.
Members of the public can access information about specific MPANs if they are the current or going to be the occupier or owner of the property. To do this you will need to contact either your energy supplier or your distribution network operator.
You can find out who your distribution network operator is by searching by postcode on the Energy Networks Association website.
How Can I Find Out What My Gas Reference Number Is?
You can use Meter Point Administration’s online service, Find My Supplier or call the Meter Point Administration Service to get details of your gas supplier. They can also provide your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN).
Telephone: 0870 608 1524 (this call will cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).