BSC Systems Roadmap

BSC Systems roadmap (updated March 2017)

The March version of the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Systems roadmap shows our latest view of the BSC change pipeline and market changes. The BSC Systems Roadmap companion document provides more information about the contents of the Roadmap diagram and what’s changed from the previous version.

In this roadmap update we have added milestones for two new market initiatives: BEIS/Ofgem’s plans for a smart, flexible energy system, and the separation of National Grid’s System Operator activities.

We have also updated the timescales for the Performance Assurance Framework review (as agreed with the BSC Panel), and for impacts on the BSC arising from European Network Codes. The main changes to harmonise inbalance settlement with Europe are now expected to be required by late 2020.

For planning purposes we are still assuming that Britain will continue to participate in the European electricity market, and so EU regulations will be relevant.

Note that this version of the BSC Roadmap was prepared before ELEXON had completed its review of the final text of the European Guideline on Electricity Balancing, approved by Member States on 16 March 2017. However, we don’t expect any significant changes to arise from the final text.

Engagement with the industry

Given the scale and scope of change that the energy industry is facing, it is important that we collaborate to manage the cross-code impacts. We believe that this roadmap is a valuable tool to help ELEXON, Code Administrators, our customers and stakeholders align their plans.

We welcome your views on this roadmap, for e.g. are there other major changes we should highlight, or other constraints on when changes can be made?

If you have any comments on this roadmap, or would like us to discuss it with you and your colleagues, then please get in touch with our Design Authority team at design.authority@elexon.co.uk.

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