System Prices Analysis Report

The System Prices Analysis Report (SPAR) provides a monthly update on price calculations. It is published by the ELEXON Market Analysis Team to the Imbalance Settlement Group (ISG) and on the ELEXON Website ahead of the monthly ISG meeting.

This report provides data and analysis specific to System Prices and the Balancing Mechanism. It demonstrates the data used to derive the prices. The data is a combination of II and SF Settlement Runs.

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Highlights in the report

ELEXON insights article

Imbalance Prices with new CADL and DMAT
Emma Tribe’s article highlights the potential impact of changes to the De Minimis Acceptance Threshold and the Continuous Acceptance Duration Limit which take effect on 1 April 2019.

System Prices and Length

In this section we summarise trends in System Prices over the previous month. We distinguish between a ‘long’ and a ‘short’ market when analysing System Prices because the price calculation differs between two scenarios.

When the market is long, System Prices are based predominantly on the System Operator’s ‘sell’ actions such as accepted Bids.

When the market is short, System Prices are based predominantly on the System Operator’s ‘buy’ actions.


In this section, we consider the impact of a number of different parameters on the price. We consider:

  • Flagging balancing actions
  • Replacement Price
  • NIV Tagging
  • PAR Tagging
  • DMAT and Arbitrage Tagging
  • How these mechanisms affect which balancing actions feed into the price

Balancing Services

This section looks at how balancing actions from Short Term Operating Reserve providers impact the System Price. The impact of Reserve Scarcity Pricing is also analysed in this section.

DMAT and CADL changes

Section 4 includes analysis as a result of the 2018 parameter reviews of the De Minimis Acceptance Threshold (DMAT) and the Continuous Acceptance Duration Limit (CADL). Changes to the parameters are due to be made on 1 April 2019.

P305 – Specific Analysis

This section compares live prices with a PAR 50 pricing scenario. From 1 November 2018, the System Price
calculation parameters changed as part of BSC Modification P305. The changes were:

  •  A reduction in the PAR value from 50MWh to 1MWh
  • The introduction of a ‘dynamic’ LoLP function
  • An increase in the VoLL from £3,000/MWh to £6,000MWh. The PAR 50 scenario uses a VoLL of £3,000/MWh
    in the RSVP function

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