COVID-19: Impact on BSC Changes

Glossary

This page gives details of the impacts on BSC changes from the Panel’s agreed prioritisation approach in response to COVID-19. 

This page was last updated on 15 December 2020. We will keep this approach under review with the Panel.

COVID-19 Prioritisation extended until 31 March 2021

The Panel agreed, at its meeting on 10 December 2020, to extend the COVID-19 prioritisation approach until 31 March 2021. 

The Panel has reviewed this approach at its June, August, October and December 2020 meetings. The Panel agreed at its October 2020 meeting that this approach would end at the end 0f 2020, subject to feedback and the evolving situation. In response to the change in circumstances since the October 2020 Panel meeting, the Panel extended the prioritisation until March 2021.

In coming to this decision, the Panel took into consideration the new national lockdown, with the majority of GB remaining in higher tier areas, the Performance Assurance Board (PAB) extending its COVID-19 derogations as well as the feedback received in the Elexon Customer Survey asking for more prioritisation.

Changes during COVID-19

Changes to the BSC (and its subsidiary documents) will continue to be progressed, but will be prioritised based on whether the change:

  • Is required to mitigate risks and issues caused by COVID-19
  • Is required to be implemented by a fixed deadline, and
  • Has minimal impact on market participants, unless required for the previous two points.

The Panel recognises and agreed to these steps because the COVID-19 situation is challenging and unprecedented for market participants, and that it has resulted in significant operational challenges and changes to the way that they run their business.

Consultations will be staggered to ease the burden on market participants. Further details can be found below.

Changes progressing as usual

All Changes, Issues and Modifications not listed on this page are being progressed as normal.

Changes that are delayed

This shows the current changes that do not meet the criteria and are therefore being de-prioritised.

Modifications with amended timelines

Modification: P332 ‘Revisions to the Supplier Hub Principle’
Reasons for delay: Significant impact on Parties, particularly Suppliers and their Agents

Modification: P375 ‘Metering behind the Boundary Point’
Reasons for delay: Significant impact on Parties, particularly Virtual Lead Parties and Suppliers

Modification: P376 ‘Utilising a Baselining Methodology to set Physical Notifications’
Reasons for delay: Significant impact on Parties, particularly Virtual Lead Parties and Suppliers

Modification: P379 ”Multiple Suppliers through Meter Splitting’
Reasons for delay: Significant impact on Parties, particularly Suppliers, Data Collectors and parties looking to become secondary Suppliers

Modification: P395 ‘Excluding generators from BM Unit Gross Demand and the calculation of EMR Supplier Charges’
Reasons for delay: Significant impact on Parties, particularly Suppliers

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