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.
- Change Proposal Circulars highlight change information and Impact Assessment responses
List of Change Consultations
This Modification seeks to address issues associated with customer preferred Supplier Agents. The proposed solution is a side letter between Elexon and Supplier Volume Allocation (SVA) Data Collectors (DCs) which will enable a Supplier who does not have a direct contract with the DC to enforce, as a last resort, the side letter as a proxy contract, to ensure that BSC obligations are met. The proposed solution will now apply to SVA DCs only as SVA Meter Operator governance will move from the BSC to the Retail Energy Code (REC) from 1 September 2021 as part of Retail Code Consolidation (RCC).
This Modification will update the BSC to ensure it accurately reflects the BSC provisions constituting the network code on electricity emergency and restoration (NCER) Rules in the mapping for the European Electricity Balancing Guideline (EBGL) Article 18 Terms and Conditions. Both the EBGL and the NCER were incorporated into UK law by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 following the UK-EU transition period.
Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on Data Best Practice guidance and Digitalisation Strategy and Action Plan guidance
In our response, we suggest that the intended scope of the Data Best Practice (DBP) be clarified to explicitly include all data collected as a result of any activities arising from an obligation in any of the relevant Licenses. We agreed that requirements for speculative capture of data for future persons does not need to be included in this guidance. We also note that the review should consider whether a data monopoly could be the most efficient way of delivering the principle of making data assets discoverable for potential data users, as it would provide a single location where data can be discovered by all users.
In our response, we generally agreed with the arrangements Ofgem had set out, and also highlighted the importance of robust resolution mechanisms that we need to be able to use if we are in disagreement with the Implementation Manager. We also stated that we could not commit to implementation deadlines until we receive detailed requirements from the Implementation Manager in April 2022.
In our response, we agree with NGESO’s proposal to amend the Imbalance Settlement Harmonisation (ISH) article to include the use of Market Index Price (MIP) in Settlement Calculations. We note that the inclusion of Market Index Price (MIP) is a valid component of system price calculations and is beneficial to both BSC Parties and consumers of electricity.
In our response, we express support for NGESO’s work to enable Distribution System Operators, and note our agreement that the ESO, DSOs and wider market processes need to be coordinated to achieve maximum value from the DSO transition. We also note a number of existing industry services that need to change in order to best accommodate new DSO capabilities.
Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on the Introduction of an Electricity System Restoration Standard
In our response we noted that the BSC relies on the definition of Black Start given in the Grid Code, and that if there was a material amendment to this definition there would be a consequential change to the BSC via the Modification process.
We have issued P416 ‘Introducing a route of appeal for the Annual Budget in line with the proposals for the Retail Energy Code’ for Report Phase Consultation, which you are invited to respond to by 3 June 2021.
P416 seeks to amend the BSC to include an appeals mechanism to Ofgem that could be used to challenge items in the Annual Budget in line with the appeals mechanism detailed in proposals for the Retail Energy Code (REC).
The Proposed Solution contains the following key features:
- Any BSC Party can raise an appeal against an Annual Budget line item within 10 WDs of the BSCCo Board issuing approval of the Annual Budget
- Provisions to allow the Authority to respond to appeals by referring individual items back to the Board for reconsideration, powers to change costings or remove individual items from the Annual Budget, and powers to dismiss appeals that are trivial or vexatious or has no reasonable prospect of success.
- Provisions to stop all of part of spend against appealed Annual Budget line items if specified conditions are met.
We have issued P420 ‘Retail Code Consolidation Significant Code Review’ for Industry Consultation, which you are invited to respond to by 17 June 2021.
P420 seeks to ensure the BSC aligns with Ofgem’s Retail Code Consolidation Significant Code Review, which consolidates a number of existing codes into the REC. The proposed changes have a direct impact on the BSC in terms of the transfer of the SVA Metering arrangements from the BSC to the REC and cross-code change procedures, as well as consequential changes reflecting the close down of the MRA.
P420 makes the necessary changes to reflect the code governance changes implemented through the Retail Code Consolidation SCR. Specifically, it will:
- Ensure the BSC reflects the close down of the MRA.
- Transfer operational procedures relating to Metering Point Lifecycle from the MRA to the BSC.
- Make the necessary changes to transfer SVA Metering arrangements to the REC, and facilitate a transition period for metering assurance.
- Insert the required drafting to give effect to the CCSG, which will be established under the REC to better facilitate cross-code change
We responded to BEIS’ consultation on proposed improvements to the Capacity Market. In our response, we focus on the proposal to require Capacity Market Units to register as Balancing Mechanism Units, to help inform decision making relating to this aspect of the proposals. In particular, we wish to highlight the resources required to ensure registration of new BSC Parties and our inability to commit to processing the registration of all CM participants prior to the 2022 pre-qualification window.