In February 2016, Ofgem introduced the Theft Risk Assessment Service (TRAS), setting out new licence obligations on Suppliers to detect, investigate, prevent and deter theft. SPAA Ltd and DCUSA Ltd appointed Experian to develop and implement a Theft Risk Assessment Service (TRAS). This significant dual fuel, cross code, service was launched on the 01 April 2016 placing a requirement on electricity and gas Suppliers to submit defined data items, split by domestic and commercial monthly.
The TRAS arrangements sit under Schedule 25 of the (DCUSA) and Schedule 34 of the Supply Point Administration Agreement (SPAA). The Supply Point Administration Agreement (SPAA) is a multi-party agreement to which all gas Suppliers and Gas Transporters are required to accede to in order to fulfil their licence obligations. All gas and electricity Suppliers that have registered supply/metering points must adhere to their TRAS obligations under SPAA and DCUSA.
The TRAS schedules set out details of the service to be provided by the TRAS service Provider(Experian) and the rights and obligations of DCUSA and SPAA Parties in relation to the TRAS.
The Theft Risk Assessment Service (TRAS) enables Suppliers to assess the risk of energy theft at consumer premises to help target theft investigations. Experian uses data provided by Suppliers and augment it with third party data such as credit history to derive potential consumption outliers that suppliers may choose to investigate. Outliers are low consumption customers identified by comparing actual consumption at a supply point against a modelled or expected consumption for that property/customer type.
More information on the TRAS can be found on the TRAS Portal for which you will require a user account. All energy Suppliers can obtain access to the TRAS Portal. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
TRAS guidance and technical documents are also uploaded to the Portal. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Energy.TRAS@electralink.co.uk.
Please follow the links below to Key Background Documentation on the Ofgem website.
The ETTOS allows tip offs regarding suspected energy theft, received from the general public, to be sent to the relevant Supplier or network operator for investigation. The ETTOS Service Provider Crimestoppers, provide the stay energy safe line open 24- hours, 7 days a week and a website for members of the public to report suspected energy theft here is their website https://www.stayenergysafe.co.uk
Individuals can fill out an online form to report suspected energy theft.