BSC Changes impacting the National Electricity Transmission System Operator
This page shows which Modifications and Change Proposals have been identified as impacting the National Electricity Transmission System Operator (NETSO). Please note that the assessment of where impacts may affect certain roles within the electricity market may be amended during the course of the Change process.
P463 ‘Introduce a Standard Change Process’
To introduce a new change process – a ‘Standard Change’ process – into the BSC arrangements that would allow for certain, low risk, predictable and repeatable pre-authorised changes to be implemented without following the existing Change Proposal or Modification procedures.
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P454 ‘Removal of BSC obligations to provide BMRS Data via TIBCO and the High Grade Service’
This Modification would remove the existing requirement within BSC Section V ‘Reporting’ for the Balancing Mechanism Reporting Agent (BMRA) to provide BMR Service (BMRS) data via the legacy High Grade Service, otherwise referred to as the TIBCO service.
P454 is a recommendation from BSC Issue 95, which considered the impacts associated with maintaining the legacy TIBCO service.
CP1593 ‘New Interconnector Fuel Type Category: Greenlink’
Changes are needed to the Insights Solution to ensure data relating to the new Greenlink Interconnector is provided to market participants alongside existing data relating to Settlement arrangements in the Great Britain (GB) electricity market.
P466 ‘BSC Section N Modernisation’
This Modification seeks to update BSC Section N ‘Clearing Invoicing and Payment’ to support the effective running of the Funds Administration Agent (FAA). The Modification will align the BSC with Elexon’s updated financial systems and modern banking practices to increase the efficiency of service provided to industry.
P451 ‘Updating BSC Black Start provisions and compensation arrangements’
P451 seeks to facilitate the implementation of NGESO’s new approach to Black Start, termed System Restoration. In doing so, it proposes to update all BSC references to “Black Start” to “System Restoration”, and enable contracted Restoration Service Providers who are non-BSC parties to claim BSC Black Start compensation.
P453 ‘Metering Dispensation process improvements and clarification to the CoPs’
This Modification seeks to progress two recommendations from Issue 93 ‘Review of the BSC metering Codes of Practice’. The first recommendation clarifies the relevant Code of Practice (CoP) for circuits embedded behind the Boundary Point Metering System or Defined Metering Point (DMP). The second recommendation eliminates the need for Metering Dispensations when the Actual Metering Point (AMP) does not coincide with the DMP, but there is no impact on Settlement accuracy.
P460 ‘Amend the responsibility to propose and consult on a MHHS Migration Plan’
P460 aims to change responsibility for proposing, consulting on and obtaining approval of the Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) Migration Plan from BSCCo to the Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement Programme (MHHSP).
P457 ‘Replace the Electricity Arbitration Association with the London Court of International Arbitration’
P457 proposes to remove the Electricity Arbitration Association (EAA) from the BSC and replace with the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) to deliver better value for money and service.
P443 ‘To Cap NGESO Interconnector Trades’
At the current time National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) can trade at prices above the Value of Lost Load (VoLL – as defined in BSC Section T 1.12, currently set at £6,000/MWh). The Proposer’s view is that this adds to customers’ costs and sends a signal to the markets that customers are willing to buy power at any price. In a cost of living crisis the Proposer does not believe that the British public are prepared to buy energy at any price.
P458 ‘Introducing Data Controller and Processor Obligations in the BSC for MHHS Testing’
The purpose of this Modification is to address the need for personal information sharing in the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC), specifically in the context of the Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) testing. The current BSC General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and data protection provisions were not designed to allow the sharing of personal information, which has now become necessary for the planned MHHS testing.
P412 ‘Ensuring non-BM Balancing Services providers pay for non-delivery imbalances at a price that reflects the real-time value of energy’
This Modification will introduce imbalance charges for non-Balancing Mechanism (BM) Balancing Services providers, where their delivery does not match instructed volumes. This will mean the GB market more effectively meets the requirements of the Clean Energy Package.
- P412 is currently on hold. Elexon are awaiting the impact assessment and recommendation report from NGESO to clarify the scope of future work.
CP1576 ‘New Interconnector Fuel Type Category: Viking Link’
Changes are needed to the Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS) to ensure data relating to the new Viking Link Interconnector is provided to market participants alongside existing data relating to Settlement arrangements in the Great Britain (GB) electricity market.
P448 ‘Mitigating Gas Supply Emergency Risks’
The war in Ukraine and resultant gas shortages in Europe significantly increases the risk of Generators in GB being prevented from generating this winter (due to Firm Load Shedding during a Gas Supply Emergency). If that happens Generators are likely to incur massive Imbalance Charges and credit cover requirements, potentially causing them to become insolvent. Even if such an Emergency does not occur, the risk that it could occur is likely to force Generators to reduce their forward and Day Ahead trading, reducing liquidity in electricity markets, and raising costs for electricity consumers.
P437 ‘Allowing non-BSC Parties to request Metering Dispensations’
This Modification proposes to introduce a provision in Section L ‘Metering’ to allow the relevant Meter Operator Agent to apply for Metering Dispensations on behalf of a non-BSC Party.
P445 ‘Improving efficiency of Default Funding Share process and Energy Supply Company Administration’
This Modification seeks to allow the Funds Administration Agent (FAA) to process a Default Funding Share for unpaid Trading Charges earlier to reduce the cost of the borrowing facility and reduce the risk of shortfall. The Modification will also allow the Panel to instruct the FAA to release Trading Charges where the default relates to an Energy Supply Company Administration (ESCA).
P438 ‘Amending the BSC to address sanction orders’
This Modification would allow Elexon to seamlessly give effect to sanctions orders.
P375 ‘Settlement of Secondary BM Units using metering behind the site Boundary Point’
P375 will allow Metering Equipment situated ‘behind’ the defined Boundary Point to be used for Settlement purposes in place of the Boundary Point Meter. Primarily, this will allow balancing-related services on-site from smaller assets to be separated from current imbalance-related activities, more accurately reflecting the balancing-energy volumes provided by the Balancing Service Provider (BSP).
P416 Introducing a route of appeal for the Annual Budget in line with the proposals for the Retail Energy Code
P416 seeks to amend the BSC to include an appeals mechanism that BSC Parties could use to challenge items in the Annual Budget.