BSC & Codes

This page lists links to the PDF versions of the documents associated to the Balancing and Settlement Code. However, if you would prefer to access web page versions of the Code, its subsidiary documents, Simple Guides or Guidance Notes, you can find these on the Digital Code site.

Balancing & Settlement Code

The Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) is a legal document which defines the rules and governance for the balancing mechanism and imbalance settlement processes of electricity in Great Britain.

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BSC Procedures (BSCPs)

BSCPs define the relationships, timescales and interactions between participants and specify the information or other outputs to be exchanged between them.

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Business Definition Documents

Business Definition Documents include Data Catalogues, the Reporting Catalogue and the Communication Requirements Document.

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Codes of Practice

Codes of Practice (CoPs) detail the technical requirements for Metering Systems. These versions are not time limited in the same way as other documents.

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Interface Definition Documents

The IDD Part 1 and Part 2 documents list both fully-automated electronic interfaces and other partially-automated or manual interfaces; the spreadsheets list the fully-automated electronic interfaces.

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User Requirement Specifications

The User Requirement Specifications set out the requirements for each of the Central Systems applications, the two Party Agent applications and the PARMS application (but not for the SVAA “minor” applications).

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Party Service Line

There is currently a single Party Service Line that details the non-functional requirements that are common to Licensed Distribution System Operators (LDSOs) and SVA Party Agents.

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Service Descriptions

The BSC Service Descriptions describe the service to be provided by the BSC Agents. As a general rule, there is one BSC Service Description for each BSC Agent. The exception to this rule is for the Technical Assurance Agent (TAA) which has two, one for SVA and one for CVA.

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Demand Capacity Generation Capacity Review Determination

This document sets out the principles and processes for reviewing and determining the Demand Capacity (DC) and Generation Capacity (GC) Limit values, in line with the solution implemented through BSC Modification P357: Removal of GC/DC tolerance parameters from BSC Section K.

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BSC Sandbox Procedure

The BSC Sandbox enables limited pre-competitive trials of potentially innovative products or services in a live market environment. It achieves this by allowing BSC Parties to participate in the BSC Trading Arrangements with certain obligations removed or altered (a derogation).

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BSC Simple Guides

The Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) is a lengthy legal document. The following guides provide a good starting point for understanding what each part of the BSC covers.

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BSC Guidance Notes

BSC Guidance Notes provides information on topics associated to the BSC.

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Code Administration Code of Practice (CACoP)

CACoP is the Code Administration Code of Practice which sets out principles for the administrators of the industry codes that underpin the electricity and gas wholesale and retail markets.

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EU legislation directly impacting on the BSC

This page is a one-stop shop repository of European Union legislation that directly impacts on the BSC systems and processes. Below you will find copies of REMIT and the REMIT Implementing Act, and the latest version of the draft Electricity Balancing Guideline, amongst other legislation.

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