CP1516: New Interconnector Fuel Type Categories: ElecLink & IFA2

Formal title: New Interconnector Fuel Type Categories: ElecLink & IFA2

Current Status

CPC Consultation
Committee Decision
Awaiting Implementation


The Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS) is used for reporting operational data, relating to the Great British (GB) electricity Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) arrangements. In part, it receives, stores and publishes data relating to the Interconnectors to Great Britain (GB). This information is available to BMRS users via several graphs, tables and xml/csv downloads, along with API, Data Push services and TIBCO services.

Two new High-voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Interconnectors connecting the GB bidding zone to other bidding zones are currently under construction. The ElecLink and IFA2 Interconnectors between GB and France are due for commissioning in November 2019 and June 2020 respectively.

The BSC arrangements require a separate ‘Fuel Type Category’ to be defined for each Interconnector for reporting purposes on the BMRS. Therefore, it is necessary to make changes to the BMRS, to include the two new ‘Fuel Type Categories’, before ElecLink and IFA2 go live, in order to provide market participants data in a transparent manner.


CP1516 was raised on 7 March 2019 after being presented to the Imbalance Settlement Group (ISG) for information as a verbal update on 19 February 2019 (ISG214).

Next Events

Following CP Consultation, we will be aiming to present this CP to the BSC Panel on 9 May 2019 for approval of both the CP and the two new Interconnector Fuel Type Categories. The Final CP Report will then be issued on 16 May 2019.


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