Change consultations

This page lists all Change Consultations which are opened when we need to obtain feedback from the industry on potential Modifications, Change Proposals and Issues. The page also includes Change consultations which have ceased to be active as they have reached their closed date.

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P397 Report Phase Consultation v2.0


P397 seeks to introduce a mechanism through which the Balancing and Settlement Code Company (BSCCo) determines whether Licensed Distribution System Operators (LDSOs), the National Electricicty Transmission System Operator (NETSO), certain Party Agents and BSC Agents, and BSCCo should carry out the Settlement Adjustment Processes following a DCE. BSCCo would determine the nature of the DCE and, where necessary, determine and compare the costs and value of the DCE in order to determine whether the value of carrying out the Settlement Adjustment Processes outweigh the costs.

P411 Report Phase Consultation


P411 aims to improve the effectiveness of the Qualification Performance Assurance Technique (PAT) by requiring new Licensed Distribution System Operators (LDSOs) to undergo Qualification in this role. This will provide assurance to industry participants that new LDSOs are able to fully execute their BSC Role and obligations when active in the market.

P408 Report Phase Consultation


P408 will modify Section Q of the BSC to reflect the Grid Code changes required from Grid Code (GC) Modification GC0130 ‘OC2 Change for simplifying ‘output useable’ data submission and utilising REMIT data’. This Modification will remove the obligations on National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) to publish data that is no longer mandated to be published by the Grid Code and add obligations to publish the new data. It will also simplify the obligations around the existing data.

P406 Report Phase Consultation


In order to support Suppliers through the COVID-19 pandemic, P406 seeks to set SP08a, SP08b, SP08c and SP04 Serials to £0 for all Suppliers from the March 2020 PARMS reporting period, until further notice.

Supplier Charges are to be reinstated by the BSC Panel after a period of suspension following any changes to Government guidelines and restrictions, and a three month notice period will be provided.

At its meeting on Thursday 9 April 2020, the BSC Panel requested that Ofgem treat P406 as Urgent in order that the solution (subject to subsequent approval) can capture the March 2020 Supplier Charges period, the first period impacted by COVID-19.

P405 Report Phase Consultation


P405 will allow notices that the BSC currently requires to be sent by post or fax to be sent by email. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not currently practical to use post or fax. More generally, it is now accepted and more efficient to send notices via email.

P390 Report Phase Consultation


The BSC restricts the activities of ELEXON and in the absence of a specific Modification any additional activities cannot be pursued by ELEXON (even when those activities would be of benefit to BSC Parties, industry generally and/or the consumer). 

In the past specific Modifications have been necessary which have enabled ELEXON to provide the Warm Homes Discount Reconciliation service, EMR settlement, and to participate in gas performance assurance framework and REC manager appointment processes.

Such individual Modifications to extend ELEXON’s vires are time consuming and can be an unnecessary distraction for industry. They can also result in ELEXON being unable to pursue an opportunity within a required timeframe.

P390 seeks to introduce a framework into the BSC that allows the ELEXON Board to determine whether ELEXON can undertake additional activities provided certain conditions are met and with consent of the Authority

All of the conditions introduced in previous Modifications to ELEXON’s vires, P330 ‘Allowing ELEXON to tender for the Uniform Network Code Gas Performance Assurance Framework Administrator (PAFA) role’ and P365 ‘Enabling ELEXON to tender for the Retail Energy Code (REC)’ are included, plus some additional conditions to safeguard the interests of BSC Parties.

Following closure of the Report Phase Consultation on 29 April, the Draft Modification Report will be presented to the BSC Panel on 14 May 2020.

P404 ‘Moving the SAD to a Category 3 BSC Configurable Item’


P404 aims to move Balancing and Settlement Code Procedure BSCP537 Appendices 1 ‘Self Assessment Document’, 2 ‘Testing Requirements’ and 3 ‘Guidance Notes on completing the SAD’ to a new Category 3 BSC Configurable Item.

This will facilitate quicker change to the Self Assessment Document (SAD) and its supporting documentation, with the new Category 3 BSC Configurable Item being owned and managed by the Performance Assurance Board (PAB).

P403: BSC Arrangements in the event that the TERRE Market is suspended by National Grid ESO


This Modification will change the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) to align with the existing Grid Code Trans European Replacement Reserves Exchange (TERRE) market suspension arrangements and support National Grid Electricity System Operator’s (NGESO) Market Suspension Rules proposal; mandated by the European regulations ‘Network Code on Electricity Emergency and Restoration’ (NCER) and ‘Establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation (SOGL). P403 will provide Market Participants clarity on how the BSC arrangements will operate in the event that the TERRE Market arrangements are suspended

P392 Assessment Procedure Consultation


This Modification will ensure the process and responsibilities for amending BSC provisions constituting EBGL Article 18 terms and conditions reflect delegations made by NGESO in favor of the BSCCo and BSC Panel, to ensure a unified market change process. These changes are necessary to ensure the EBGL change process is followed as part of the existing BSC Change process, for all future BSC Modifications that impact the EBGL Article 18 terms and conditions found in the BSC.


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