Data Flows

We produce a large amount of data, much of which is freely available to both BSC Parties and the general public through BMReports.com (BMRS), the ELEXON Portal and our operational reports.

BSC Parties are entitled to receive a variety of data flows directly from the central BSC Systems. If you are a Party, please contact your Operational Support Manager (OSM) or the BSC Service Desk to learn more. See also BSC Section V ’Reporting’ and BSC Procedure 41  ’Report Requests & Authorisation’.

If you’re a company who isn’t a BSC Party but would like to receive specific BSC data, please get in touch with us through the BSC Service Desk. We have some standard packages of reports (‘P30′ and ‘P114′ data) that the BSC requires us to make available to non-Parties on request, subject to set licensing arrangements and fees. These arrangements are a mechanism for non-Parties to obtain Settlement data that BSC Parties receive under the BSC. You can find further details of these standard reports below. ‘P30′ reports 1-3 can be provided individually or as a package. However, because ’P114′ reports are made available via FTP server, we cannot provide these reports separately but only as a package.

We will treat non-Party requests for other types of BSC data on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the BSC.  As we are a not-for-profit organisation, and our costs are paid by BSC Parties, we may charge a fee to cover our costs in providing the data to you.  We may also ask you to sign a licence agreement containing our terms and conditions.

We receive a high number of requests for data from non-Parties.  While we try to process all requests as soon as we can, please note that this may take up to a month and for non-standard requests may require us to prepare a bespoke quotation and licence.  Please therefore ensure that you submit requests in good time for your intended use of the data.

  • 1. Market Domain Data (MDD) – provided under ‘P30′ licence arrangements

    Description

    MDD is the central repository of Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) market information and is essential to the operation of the SVA arrangements. We provide the ‘D0269’ or ‘D0270’ data flows upon request, which include critical parameters such as Standard Settlement Configurations, Profile Classes, Grid Supply Point (GSP) Groups and market participant information.

    More Information

    Click here for more information about MDD.

    For a list of the data items included in the D0269 and D0270 flows, please refer to the MRA Data Transfer Catalogue at:

    http://dtc.mrasco.com/ListDataFlows.aspx

    File Format / Distribution: Flat file / pipe delimited format, containing data items in the D0269 or D0270 data flows. Distributed via CD or other agreed method.
    Frequency: As required
    Cost: £407 plus VAT per annum (for 12 monthly sets of data)

  • 2. Profile Coefficient Data – provided under ‘P30′ licence arrangements

    Description

    In the Non Half Hourly market, energy prices are based on predicted consumption using ‘load profiles’ that vary both geographically and between different types of customers (Profile Classes).  Information on load profiles (Profile Coefficient data) is essential for Suppliers and buyers to accurately compare market price quotes and for demand forecasting.  We can provide a year’s set of ‘D0018’ files containing this data.

    More Information

    For a list of the data items included in the D0018 flow, please refer to the MRA Data Transfer Catalogue at:

    http://dtc.mrasco.com/ListDataFlows.aspx

    File Format / Distribution: Flat file / pipe delimited format, containing data items in the D0018 data flow. Distributed via CD or other agreed method.
    Frequency: Once at the end of the current year, or monthly for the current year
    Cost: £869 plus VAT for each year's data set

  • 3. Historic Profile Coefficient Data – provided under ‘P30′ licence arrangements

    Description

    As described above. We can provide a year’s set of historic D0018 files to non-Parties.

    More Information

    File Format / Distribution: Flat file / pipe delimited format, containing data items in the D0018 data flow. Distributed via CD or other agreed method.
    Frequency: On request
    Cost: £429 plus VAT for each year's data set

  • 4. Reports provided under ‘P114′ licence arrangements

    Description

    SAA-I014 (subflow 2)
    This report contains everything that happened in the Settlement systems on a particular day, broken down into half hour Settlement Periods. This includes System Buy/Sell Prices, information on trading activity and charges for each Balancing Mechanism Unit (Party), Metered Volumes and Settlement cash flow information. It also has the all the information needed to re-calculate the System Buy and Sell Prices.

    CDCA-I029
    This report tells you the energy consumption by each regional Grid Supply Point (GSP) Group in Great Britain. By interpreting this report you can find out where the demand is and when.

    CDCA-I030
    This report includes the volume of energy that was metered at each Distribution System Connection Point for each Settlement Run per day. This can be used to determine the areas of demand and generation in the distribution networks and the line losses that can be expected as these are factored into Suppliers’ tariffs. This is essentially the aggregated metering flows report (CDCA I029 above) broken down into specific connection points in the GSP Group.

    CDCA-I042
    This report from the Central Data Collection Agent tells you the Metered Volumes of energy for each BM Unit for each aggregation run per day. This will tell you exactly what each individual BM Unit has consumed or generated, and whether this is an estimated or actual value.

    More Information

    For a list of the data items included in this package, please refer to the P114 data items.

    File Format / Distribution: Downloadable directly from the ELEXON FTP Server in flat file / pipe delimited format, or obtained via an already-licensed non-Party (Third Party)
    Frequency: Daily (one for each Settlement Run)
    Cost: £3000 plus VAT per annum for the package