Market Entry

Do I have to become a BSC Party?

Most Suppliers, Generators, and Licensed Distribution System Operators (LDSOs) may have to become a BSC Party because it is a condition within their Ofgem Licence. Other companies wishing to trade within the BSC arrangements may also have to do so.

Where do I start?

If you’re new to the industry we strongly recommend that you read Beginners Guide to the Electricity Arrangements. The next step is to establish the type of BSC Party you intend to become (e.g., Supplier, Generator, Trader). Use the Market Role Guide for a description of each party role. The market entry process diagrams below take you through the requirements step by step as they apply to each party role. Each diagram will link you to the relevant forms and documents that you will need to enter the market.

Market Entry Process Diagrams

SVA Qualification & Re-Qualification

Are you wishing to become a Supplier, Data Collector, Data Aggregator, Meter Operator, Meter Administrator, Unmetered Supplies Operator or Supplier Meter Registration Agent?

Market Entry FAQs

How long does the Market Entry process take?

What are the costs associated with being a BSC Party?

Here you’ll find frequently asked questions – and answers! – on the market entry process.

What support can ELEXON offer me?

We are committed to ensuring that our market entry processes do not create a barrier to entering the market. As well as providing new entrants with detailed guidance documents on the market entry requirements we also offer the following services:

  • Initial market entry meeting (chargeable for some companies)
  • BSC Service Desk 24 hour support

If you are interested in booking a market entry meeting please complete and submit the Market Entry Meeting Request Form.

Exiting the Market

For information to help market participants complete the de-registration and withdrawal procedures required to exit the market: Market Exit.

Relevant BSC Sections & BSCPs

Below are a list of BSC Sections & BSCPs that are most relevant to the market entry process, for a complete list of BSCPs and the BSC Sections please refer to the BSC and Related Documents section.

BSC Section A – Parties and Participation  [152.7 Kb]
Version: 6.0 | Effective Date: 22 February 2007

BSC Section J – Party Agents and Qualification Under the Code  [80.8 Kb]
Version: 12.0 | Effective Date: 10 September 2007

BSC Section O – Communications Under the Code  [39.2 Kb]
Version: 3.0 | Effective Date: 23 August 2007

Relevant Guidance & Market Entry forms (non-BSCP)

Below is a list of guidance notes and useful documents that may support your understanding through the market entry process. This list also includes the market forms that are not contained within the BSCPs.