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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BSCP 01 - Overview of Trading Arrangements

This BSCP describes the component activities of the Trading Arrangements detailed in the Code, from submission of trading data prior to Gate Closure through to final exchange of funds up to fourteen months later. This is in the form of a set of overview process diagrams and a schedule of trading activities (i.e. the Settlement process timetable).

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BSCP 02 - Proving Test Requirements for Central Volume Allocation Metering Systems

This BSCP defines the minimum requirements for the proving of new, and changes to existing, Metering Systems. In order to maintain the integrity of Settlement every Metering System is required to go through a full ‘end-to-end’ set of commissioning and Proving Tests when it is first registered for Settlement purposes in the Central Meter Registration Service (CMRS).

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BSCP 03 - Data Estimation and Substitution for Central Volume Allocation

This procedure describes the process for agreeing the appropriate metered data values associated with Active Energy meters to be used for CVA when there is a problem with the values obtained via the normal metered data collection process. This procedure also describes the process for the Lead Party of BM Units in a Switching Group to request the correction of errors in the BM Unit Metered Volumes arising from technical constraints in the CDCA System.

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BSCP 04 - BM Unit Metered Volumes for Interconnector Users

This procedure defines the process by which the Settlement Administration Agent (SAA) receives BM Unit metered data for each Interconnector User (IU) from the Interconnector Administrator (IA).

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BSCP 05 - Meter Advance Reconciliation for Central Volume Allocation

This procedure covers the processing, agreement and authorisation of Meter readings in accordance with Section R of the Code. This process provides verification of the accumulation of the half hourly metered data collected by the Central Data Collection Agent (CDCA) for the purposes of Settlement.

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BSCP 06 - CVA Meter Operations for Metering Systems Registered in CMRS

This procedure defines the obligations on the Meter Operator Agent (MOA) in relation to the work of Meter operations for Central Volume Allocation (CVA) Metering Systems registered in Central Meter Registration Service (CMRS). It also outlines the responsibilities of the MOA, Central Data Collection Agent (CDCA) and Registrant with regard to notification of work and of the sealing and re-sealing of CVA Metering Equipment.

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BSCP 11 - Trading Disputes

This BSC Procedure (BSCP) deals with the raising, resolution and rectification of all Trading Disputes, in accordance with Section W of the Balancing and Settlement Code (the Code).

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BSCP 14 - Processing of Manifest Error Claims

This Procedure describes the steps to be taken in order to process a Manifest Error claim, from the initial raising of such a claim by the Lead Party of an affected BM Unit or the NETSO, to the final settlement of any payments in relation to the claim.

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BSCP 15 - BM Unit Registration

This BSCP defines the key interfaces, interdependencies and timetable for the registration and de-registration of BM Units by the Party.

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BSCP 18 - Corrections to Bid-Offer Acceptance Related Data

This BSC Procedure (BSCP) defines the processes that BSCCo, the Settlement Administration Agent (SAA), the NETSO and BSC Parties will use. This is specifically to input corrections to erroneous Final Physical Notification (FPN), Bid-Offer Data (BOD), Bid-Offer Acceptance Level (BOAL) and Bid-Offer Acceptance Level Flagged (BOALF) data (collectively referred to as the ‘Bid-Offer Acceptance Related Data’) within the Settlement Administration Agent (SAA) systems or Balancing Mechanism Reporting Agent (BMRA) systems.

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BSCP 20 - Registration of Metering Systems for Central Volume Allocation

This BSC Procedure (BSCP) provides for the Registration and De-registration of Metering Systems. This ensures that no Metering Systems are unaccounted for in the Settlement process. This BSCP also provides for the Registration of Metering Systems under BSCP68 ‘Transfer of Registration of Metering Systems between CMRS and SMRS’.

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BSCP 25 - Registration of Transmission System Boundary Points, Grid Supply Points, GSP Groups and Distribution Systems Connection Points

This BSCP defines the key interfaces, interdependencies and timetable for: Transmission System Boundary Point (TSBP) Registration/De-registration; Grid Supply Point (GSP) Registration / De-registration; GSP Group Registration; Distribution Systems Connection Point (DSCP) Registration/De-registration; Registration/De-registration of a new circuit to an existing GSP or DSCP.

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BSCP 27 - Technical Assurance of Half Hourly Metering Systems for Settlement Purposes

This BSC Procedure (BSCP) defines the process of inspections of Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) Half Hourly Metering Systems registered in a Supplier Meter Registration System (SMRS) and Central Volume Allocation (CVA) Metering Systems registered in the Central Meter Registration Service (CMRS).

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BSCP 31 - Registration of Trading Units

This BSCP defines the key interfaces, the timetable and the responsibilities of the Applicant Party, the BSCCo, the Panel and BSC Agents when associating more than one Primary BM Unit with a Trading Unit. It does not cover the provisions of the Code relating to Primary BM Unit registration. This BSCP is designed to ensure orderly and efficient implementation of the Code provisions relating to Primary BM Units being associated with the same Trading Unit.

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BSCP 32 - Metering Dispensations

This procedure outlines the responsibilities with regard to processing applications for Metering Dispensations, and outlines the timeframes involved. It also details the information required for submission with an application, notifications to Parties and records to be maintained in respect of all Metering Dispensations.

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BSCP 38 - Authorisations

The purpose of this procedure is to ensure BSC Agents and the BSCCo only carry out specific Code activities on the request of an Authorised Person. This procedure defines the processes under which Authorised Persons are registered and how these records are amended, and covers:

  • Nomination of Authorised Persons
  • Change to the scope of Authorised Persons authority
  • Cancellation of Authorised Persons
  • Annual confirmation of Authorised Persons

Parties, ECVNAs, MVRNAs, CVA MOAs and LDSOs are required to complete the form or its online equivalent and return it to the CRA. 

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BSCP 40 - Change Management

This BSCP outlines the Change Management processes used to progress and implement changes to the BSC and BSC Configurable Items to ensure that all changes are introduced in a controlled and auditable manner. It also defines the process for Third Party Applicants to request designation to raise a Modification Proposal and defines a pre-change process for Issues.

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BSCP 41 - Report Requests and Authorisations

The purpose of this procedure is to enable Parties and Party Agents to select those reports that they require, to request additional reports and to allow Parties and Party Agents to authorise other Parties and/or Party Agents to receive their confidential reports.

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BSCP 65 - Registration of Parties and Exit Procedures

This BSCP defines the key interfaces, interdependencies and timetable for the Registration of Parties in the Central Registration Service (CRS) and Exit Procedures; and covers:

  • Party Registration
  • Changes to Party Registration Data, including registration and deregistration of participation capacities
  • Withdrawal from the Code
  • Expulsion from the Code
  • Requests for additional Supplier IDs
  • Requests to remove additional Supplier IDs
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BSCP 68 - Transfer of Registration of Metering Systems between CMRS and SMRS

The purpose and scope of this BSCP is to enable Third Party Generators to centrally register Third Party Generating Plant (typically embedded generators) such that the Exports of such Third Party Generating Plant can be traded in the Balancing Mechanism without having to go through a Licensed Supplier.

This requires the registration of Metering Systems to be transferred between SVA (utilising the Supplier Meter Registration Service – SMRS) and CRA (utilising the Central Meter Registration Service – CMRS) and for checks to be made to ensure that energy is accounted for in one system but not in both Registration systems.

Known as “Registration Transfers”. For Settlement purposes this means that each part (i.e. the Import or the Export) of the Third Party Generating Plant is accounted for in Central Volume Allocation or Supplier Volume Allocation but not both for any particular Settlement Day.

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BSCP 70 - CVA Qualification Testing for Parties and Party Agents

This BSCP defines the key interfaces, interdependencies and timetable for the CVA Qualification Testing for Parties and Party Agents as required by Section O of the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC), and the Communication Requirements Document.

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BSCP 71 - Submission of ECVNs and MVRNs

The purpose of this BSCP is to enable the submission of Energy Contract Volume Notifications (ECVNs) and Metered Volume Reallocation Notifications (MVRNs) to the Energy Contract Volume Aggregation Agent (ECVAA). It describes the process for submitting notifications, and replacing previously submitted notifications.

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BSCP 75 - Registration of Meter Aggregation Rules for Volume Allocation Units

This BSCP defines the process for submission of Aggregation Rules by Parties to the Central Data Collection Agent (CDCA) for Volume Allocation Units as defined in Section R of the Code. This describes the key interfaces and timetable responsibilities for interested parties. It  defines the process for the Lead Party of Primary BM Units in a Switching Group to instruct CDCA to use a different set of Aggregation Rules to reflect the switching of Plant and Apparatus between Primary BM Units. This does not include the registration of Aggregation Rules for Supplier Primary BM Units. The Virtual Lead Party are not required to register Aggregation Rules for Secondary BM Units.

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BSCP 128 - Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors

This BSC Procedure (BSCP) defines the procedure by which Line Loss Factor (LLF) methodologies submitted by Licensed Distribution System Operators (LDSOs, including Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs) are reviewed by BSCCo, presented to the Panel for approval and, where appropriate, reported to the Performance Assurance Board (PAB).

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 01: Methodology of Self Assessment Document (MSAD) for Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs that do not Mirror

This appendix relates to the Methodology of Self Assessment Document (MSAD) for Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs that do not Mirror and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 02: Methodology of Self Assessment Document (MSAD) for Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs that Mirror

This appendix relates to the Methodology of Self Assessment Document (MSAD) for Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs that Mirror and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 03: Calculation Self Assessment Document (CSAD) for Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs that do not Mirror

BSCP128 Appendix 3 defines the procedure by which Line Loss Factor methodologies submitted by Licensed Distribution System Operators (LDSOs, including Host LDSOs and  Embedded LDSOs) are reviewed by BSCCo, presented to the Panel for approval and, where appropriate, reported to the Performance Assurance Board.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 04: Calculation Self Assessment Document (CSAD) for Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs that Mirror

This appendix relates to the Calculation Self Assessment Document (CSAD) for Host LDSOs and Embedded LDSOs that Mirror and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 05: CSAD 2.1 and 2.2 tables for all Host and Embedded Submissions

This appendix relates to the CSAD 2.1 and 2.2 tables for all Host and Embedded Submissions and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 06: CVA Long and Short Format data files

This appendix relates to the CVA Long and Short Format data files and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 07: SVA Format data file (D0265)

This appendix relates to the SVA Format data file (D0265) and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 08: SVA Summary Report

This appendix relates to the SVA Summary Report and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 09: Site Specific LLF Calculation Audit Evidence Template

This appendix relates to the Site Specific LLF Calculation Audit Evidence Template and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 128 - Appendix 10 Calculation Self-Assessment Document (CSAD) for mid-year LLF submissions

This appendix relates to the Calculation Self-Assessment Document (CSAD) for mid-year LLF submissions and is part of BSCP128 which deals with Production, Submission, Audit and Approval of Line Loss Factors.

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BSCP 201 - Black Start and Fuel Security Contingency Provisions and Claims Processes

BSCP201 describes the steps to be taken during and following a Black Start Period or a Fuel Security Code event, and supports the rules set out in BSC Section G ‘Contingencies’. It includes the steps required to restore normal BSC market operations, if these have been suspended during a Black Start. It also includes the steps required for BSC Parties to optionally raise claims for excess costs in certain circumstances. It highlights the responsibilities and actions required by industry participants to ensure this is done efficiently and effectively.

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BSCP 301 - Clearing, Invoicing and Payment

BSCP301 defines the processes that the Funds Administration Agent (FAA) shall use to carry out the transfer of funds in respect of Settlement between Parties and the Code Clearer for Trading Charges, Ad Hoc Trading Charges and Reconciliation Charges under the Code, and some ancillary activities. It also defines the processes by which Parties may reduce or increase the amount of Credit Cover held by the FAA in relation to that Party.

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BSCP 501 - Supplier Meter Registration Service

This BSCP defines those activities which enable the Supplier Meter Registration Service (SMRS) to fulfil its functions to:

Provide Suppliers with information relating to their MSIDs; provide Half Hourly Data Aggregators with MSID information; Non Half Hourly Data Aggregators with MSID information; receive and process Supplier data; Bulk Change of Non Half Hourly Supplier Agent; receive and process Licensed Distribution System Operator data; receive and process Market Domain Data; enable Transfers of Registrations between SMRS and CMRS; enable new connections where the same Metering Equipment at an Exemptable Generating Plant is comprised in both an SVA Metering System and a CVA Metering System, where Export Active Energy is traded in CVA and Import Active Energy is traded in SVA; record BSCCo Required Data.

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BSCP 502 - Half Hourly Data Collection for SVA Metering Systems Registered in SMRS

This BSCP defines the processes that the Half Hourly Data Collector shall use to carry out the work for data collection (including data retrieval, estimation and data processing) for SVA Metering Systems with half hourly (HH) Metering Equipment operating within the Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) arrangements.

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BSCP 503 - Half Hourly Data Aggregation for SVA Metering Systems Registered in SMRS

This BSC Procedure defines the processes that the Half Hourly Data Aggregator (HHDA) shall use for data aggregation for SVA Metering Systems with Half Hourly (HH) SVA Metering Equipment. This BSC Procedure focuses on the interfaces between the HHDA and other Agencies seen from the perspective of the HHDA.

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BSCP 504 - Non Half Hourly Data Collection for SVA Metering Systems Registered in SMRS

This BSC Procedure defines the processes that the Non-Half Hourly Data Collector (NHHDC) shall use to carry out the collection and processing of Metered Data for Non-Half Hourly (NHH) SVA Metering Systems.

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BSCP 505 - Non Half Hourly Data Aggregation for SVA Metering Systems Registered in SMRS

BSCP505 defines the processes that the Non Half Hourly Data Aggregator (NHHDA) shall use to carry out the processing of meter data for Non Half Hourly SVA Metering Systems. This procedure focuses on the interfaces between the NHHDA and other Agencies seen from the perspective of the NHHDA.

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BSCP 507 - Supplier Volume Allocation Standing Data Changes

The purpose of this procedure is to ensure maintenance of an accurate, up-to-date set of Supplier Volume Allocation standing data. The standing data is used by the Supplier Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA) to ensure the correct working of its internal processing and, where appropriate, by the Central Registration Agent (CRA) for use in maintaining a list of BSC Agent details.

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BSCP 508 - Supplier Volume Allocation Agent

This Procedure defines those activities which enable the Supplier Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA) to fulfil its functions. The main functions of the SVAA are: Calculate the Daily Profiles; Volume Allocation Runs (VAR); Market Domain Data Management; Re-calculating AFYC and EAC values

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BSCP 509 - Changes to Market Domain Data

The purpose of this BSCP is to ensure that all changes to Market Domain Data within the Supplier Volume Allocation arrangements are made in an auditable and controlled manner and where appropriate with due consultation with the affected parties. This BSCP covers the raising of a change (an MDD Change Request ‘MDD CR’), authorisation and notification of MDD items to all relevant Market Participants (MPs) including the SVAA.

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BSCP 509 - Appendix 1: MDD Entity Change Request Forms

This appendix relates to the MDD Entity Change Request Forms and is part of BSCP509 which deals with Changes to Market Domain Data.

BSCP509 ensures that all changes to Market Domain Data within the Supplier Volume Allocation arrangements are made in an auditable and controlled manner and where appropriate with due consultation with the affected parties. 

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BSCP 509 - Appendix 2: MDD Change Request Entity Validation

BSCP509 Appendix 2 relates to the MDD Change Request Entity Validation and is part of BSCP509 which deals with changes to Market Domain Data.

BSCP509 ensures that all changes to Market Domain Data within the Supplier Volume Allocation arrangements are made in an auditable and controlled manner and where appropriate with due consultation with the affected parties.

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BSCP 510 - The Provision of Sampling Data to the Profile Administrator

The electricity trading arrangements require the use of Profiles to derive half hourly demands of Active Energy for Metering System Identifiers being traded either as a Non Half Hourly Metering System or as a Non Half Hourly Unmetered Supply. A Profile represents a particular pattern of energy consumption over a given period. Profiles are required to represent the half-hourly pattern of average consumption for each of a number of distinct customer populations known as Profile Classes.

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BSCP 513 - Bulk Change of NHH Supplier Agent

This BSCP defines the processes that Suppliers will use to initiate changes of Supplier Agent(s) in respect of multiple Non-Half Hourly Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) Metering Systems where the number of Metering Systems involved exceeds a threshold established by the BSC Panel. It describes the method by which Suppliers will submit an application for such a change of agent(s) to BSCCo for consideration by the Panel and the process by which the Panel will make its determinations and communicate its decisions to the Supplier.

This BSCP is not intended for use in the event of a failing Supplier Agent and will not be used where there is a coincident change of Supplier and Supplier Agent.

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BSCP 514 - SVA Meter Operations for Metering Systems Registered in SMRS

This BSCP defines the processes that both the Half Hourly and Non Half Hourly Meter Operator Agent shall use to carry out the work for meter operations. This includes, appointment changes, market data activities, connections, disconnections, reconfiguration or changes and where required proving (of HH Metering Systems) for all Supplier Volume Allocation MS registered in the Supplier Meter Registration System.

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BSCP 515 - Licensed Distribution

BSCP515 defines a number of specific processes that Licensed Distribution System Operators will use in order to carry out ongoing distribution obligations required by the BSC and describes the high-level requirements of LDSOs and their relationship with other market participants such as the Suppliers, Supplier Meter Registration Agents (SMRAs) and the SVA Agent.

The Form should be used for the submission of CT or VT Error data for addition to the National Measurement Transformer Error Statement.

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