BSC & Codes: News
Enhancing our customer enquiry processes using Elexon Support
In our recent customer feedback survey, a number of customers expressed the need for a more efficient and streamlined process to submit and track enquiries and concerns related to the BSC and its services.
We’ve taken this feedback on board and have been working on an enquiry management tool called Elexon Support. Elexon Support will provide you with a centralised platform to easily manage your interactions with us.
Elexon Ltd (Elexon) has raised a generic Metering Dispensation (D/565) on behalf of SMS PLC (SMS). If the BSC Panel approves a generic Metering Dispensation, it allows non-compliant Metering Equipment (or Metering Equipment that has not been approved under BSCP601 – a requirement of CoPs 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 and 11) to be installed and registered in any Settlement Metering System, subject to any conditions the BSC Panel agrees.
Spotlight On: the Digital Code
Using the code documents of the BSC is an important part of understanding how your company engages with the electricity market and how it remains compliant with the BSC requirements.
Confirmation of Code of Practice Compliance and Protocol Approval – CP1527
We implemented Change Proposal (CP) 1527 ‘Increase the minimum data storage capacity for Settlement Outstations and mandate specific selectable integration periods for Metering Codes of Practice’ on 30 June 2022, as part of the June 2022 BSC Release.
CP1527 incremented the Issue (and version) numbers of the below CoPs, by one.
Decommissioning the TIBCO Service in March 2024
We have written to users of the TIBCO software service and the High Grade communications line about our intention to decommission them in March 2024.
The TIBCO software and the High Grade line supply users with near real time updates on wholesale market data from our Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS).
This generic Metering Dispensation consultation seek views from BSC Parties and Party Agents about whether D/534 should be updated to cover CoP5 Issue 7.
New features added to the digital code
We launched our digital code site in April 2022 to recreate 460 Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) documents in a far easier to browse format. The digital code is now the single source for BSC documents and around 400 people are using it each day. The PDFs of all of the code documents have been retired from main BSC website (www.elexon.co.uk) and will now redirect you to the digital code equivalent.
Elexon has issued a public industry consultation for BSC Parties and interested Third Parties to seek views on the impacts on Parties relating to the implementation of a BSC Sandbox Application by Good Energy.
Good Energy have raised a BSC Sandbox request for a derogation against the BSC provisions preventing them from appointing different Supplier Agents for Import / Export Metering Systems where Data Communications Company (DCC) enabled Smart Meters are installed. This will allow them to remove a barrier preventing the use of Export Metering System IDs (MSIDs) for small-scale micro generation.
New BSC Code of Practice (CoP11) sets standards for accuracy of Asset Metering Systems
A new ‘Code of Practice (CoP11) for the Metering of Balancing Services Assets for Settlement Purposes’ has been introduced, defining the minimum BSC requirements for Asset Metering Systems.
New digital version of the Balancing and Settlement Code is now live
This article, written by Lawrence Jones, Head of Rules Management at Elexon, talks about a new site we have built so that the BSC and related documents are available digitally. This helps companies and other people to browse the documents using improved navigation, web pages instead of PDFs, and a site search.
Changes to Outstation requirements introduced on 30 June 2022
We are in the process of contacting Outstation manufacturers to confirm whether or not their Outstations currently comply with the new requirements. This is because the Issue numbers and versions of Codes of Practice 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 are changing and will be implemented on 30 June 2022 via the June 2022 BSC Release.
Participate in the design of our Digital BSC website
Elexon is working on a project to develop a brand new website that will enable customers to have much easier access to the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) and its subsidiary documents, ‘the Digital Code’. We are working on ways to make the BSC and its subsidiary documents more accessible and navigable for our customers.
As part of Issue 93 we are aiming to consolidate the Codes of Practice (CoPs) into one document. The Issue Group believes this will remove any inconsistencies between the CoPs and provide an easier experience for participants using and interpreting the CoPs.