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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P393 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

P393 seeks to set Supplier Charge SP01 to zero in BSC Section S Annex S-1

Background

Further information and detail can be found on the P393 webpage.

P394 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

P394 proposes to remove text relating to unused or expired provisions from the BSC. 

P385 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

P385 proposes to amend BSC Section H in such a manner as to introduce new Events of Default and simplify and reduce the periods after which an Event of Default is triggered.

P375 P376 Request For Information

Summary

We are requesting data on balancing services provided by assets. We will use this data to conduct analysis into the suitability of some known baseline methodologies, used in other markets, to demonstrate that the solution can produce accurate figures that will not pose a risk to the integrity of Settlement.

Without this data, the P376 Workgroup will be unable to assess the suitability of baselines using GB specific data. It will be used by P375 to help demonstrate the independence of assets.

Data provided under this Request for Information will be anonymised to protect confidentiality.

P391 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

This Modification proposes to amend the BSC to expand the scope of the TAM technique to allow for Desktop Audits to act as a supplement to existing on-site Inspection Visits.

By amending the BSC and BSC Systems (namely the TAAMT) to facilitate Desktop Audits, ELEXON can provide a flexible, pragmatic and cost-effective addition to onsite Inspection Visits. To facilitate the solution, Section L and BSCP27 will be amended to describe the high-level obligations and process detail for the undertaking of Desktop Audits respectively, while definitions of a Desktop Audit and On-Site Inspection will be introduced to Annex X-1.

Listen to our podcast to find out more about the Desktop Audit modification.

P374 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

P374 seeks to ensure that the BSC is aligned with the European Electricity Balancing Guideline (EBGL – Regulation 2017/2195) derogation and change process by ensuring that:

  • BSC Modifications are not implemented until the EBGL change process has completed; and
  • BSC Derogations cannot be granted for provisions that constitute relevant legal requirements (Alternative Modification, which aligns to existing BSC wording) or that meet the EBGL balancing terms and conditions (Proposed Modification).

Specifically, P374 aims to reflect changes to the Code Governance arising from the application of the terms and conditions related to balancing from Articles 4, 5, 6, 10 and 18 of the EBGL

P383 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

This Modification is intended to enable the aggregation of specific Metering Systems’ metered data for network charging purposes, i.e. to support the operation of CUSC Modification Proposals CMP280 and CMP281. This Modification will  introduce processes explaining how Suppliers, Half Hourly Data Aggregators (HHDAs) and the Supplier Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA) participate in the aggregation and reporting of storage facilities’ Metering Systems’ metered data and enable the BSC Panel and BSCCo to perform assurance activities in relation to the aggregation of this data.

P389 Resolution of Capacity Market and Balancing Mechanism registration conflicts

Summary

There is a conflict between the rules in the Balance and Settlement Code (BSC) and the Capacity Market (CM) rules regarding how Balancing Mechanism (BM) Units are registered. Removing this conflict from the BSC will clarify the arrangements and ensure BSC Parties remain compliant with both the BSC and CM rules.

P385 Assessment Procedure Consultation

Summary

This Modification proposes to amend BSC Section H in such a manner as to introduce new Events of Default and reduce the periods after which certain Events of Default are triggered.

The parameters for certain Events of Default will be removed from Section H, while retaining existing high-level obligations and necessary process detail. Instead, the Panel will decide on changes to these parameters, consult with the industry to ascertain impacts and lead times, and publish the parameters on the BSC Website.

The Workgroup will review the responses and provide their final views, before submitting the Assessment Report to the Panel on 12 September 2019.

P388 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

A number of opportunities to simplify and align the P344 ‘Project TERRE’ and P354 ‘Use of ABSVD for non-BM Balancing Services at the metered (MPAN) level’ legal text have been identified. The process for allocating MSID Pair Delivered Volumes to composite MSIDs will be updated to account for both Virtual Lead Party and NETSO inputs. The P344 and P354 processes surrounding the Supplier Volume Allocation Metering System Balancing Services Register will be aligned and simplified.

The Report Phase Consultation closed on 30 July 2019. Two respondents raised concerns that P388 does not take into account balancing actions being provided for regional DNO services, such as voltage support.

P383 Assessment Procedure Consultation

Summary

This Modification is intended to enable the aggregation of specific Metering Systems’ metered data for network charging purposes, i.e. to support the operation of CUSC Modification Proposals CMP280 and CMP281. This Modification will introduce processes explaining how Suppliers, Half Hourly Data Aggregators (HHDAs) and the Supplier Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA) participate in the aggregation and reporting of storage facilities’ Metering Systems’ metered data and enable the BSC Panel and BSCCo to perform assurance activities in relation to the aggregation of this data.

The Workgroup will review the responses and provide their final views, before submitting the Assessment Report to the Panel on 8 August 2019.

P374 – Assessment Procedure Consultation

Summary

This Modification is concerned with providing clarity in regards to BSC compliance with European Balancing Guideline (EBGL) Article 18 terms and conditions related to balancing, with a specific view of the EBGL Amendment process and Article 62 (Derogations).

The Proposed Modification would make clear that any BSC Modification seeking to amend any BSC provisions that constitute the Article 18 terms and conditions related to balancing, once approved by the Authority (i.e. Ofgem) cannot be progressed as Self-Governance. This is due to the EBGL requirement that any amendment to the Article 18 terms and conditions related to balancing must undergo a separate EBGL Amendment process (detailed in Articles 4, 5, 6 and 10) and be given approval by the Authority.

The Proposed Modification would also specifically preclude any BSC provisions constituting EBGL Article 18 terms and conditions related to balancing from being granted a BSC derogation via the BSC Sandbox process. 

The P374 Workgroup agreed to raise an Alternative Modification that is identical to the Proposed, except in that it will not specifically preclude BSC provisions that constitute Article 18 terms and conditions related to balancing from a BSC derogation. Instead the current process would remain, allowing each application to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

P371 Assessment Procedure Consultation

Summary

The Proposer contends that there is no reason for a different treatment of Reserve products and Non BM Fast Reserve should have been captured already in the calculation of the Imbalance Price via the BSAD and via the Reserve Scarcity Price (RSP) methodology.  This Modification is about Non BM Fast Reserve, however, the implementation of this Modification will remove any potential ambiguity and make it clear to the Electricity System Operator, when developing future Balancing Services and associated systems that all Actions should flow through into the Imbalance Price calculation.

P371 seeks to include the price of Non-Balancing Mechanism (BM) Fast Reserve actions into the calculation of the Imbalance Price. The aim is to correct the calculation of the Imbalance Price; guarantee fair and harmonised treatment of all services which cost should be included; provide greater transparency and, ultimately, ensure National Grid’s compliance with the Balancing Services Adjustment Data Methodology Statement (BSAD).

P366 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

The P366 Assessment Report was presented to the Panel on 9 May 2019 and the Report Phase consultation, seeking  views on the Panel’s initial recommendations to the Authority, was issued on 17 May 2019 to 3 June 2019.

The BSC requires that, in relation to each GSP Group, the percentage of total energy attributable to a Supplier, in respect of Non Half Hourly (NHH) Metering Systems, settled on the basis of Annualised Advances (AA) for each Settlement Day shall be not less than 80% for the Third Reconciliation (R3) Volume Allocation Run (VAR) and 97% for the Final Reconciliation (RF) VAR. Any underperformance against these targets is subject to a Supplier Charge. This is monitored and reported in the Performance Assurance Reporting and Monitoring System (PARMS) using PARMS Serial SP08a.

Due to the nature of the NHH performance requirements, small Suppliers are most susceptible to HTR related SP08a Supplier Charges. The proposer believes they are unfairly disadvantaged and are less able to compete competitively for customers with HTR sites. This is because, in contrast to large Suppliers, the inability for small Suppliers to absorb HTR sites into their Settlement performance means that they must price the SP08a Supplier Charge cost into their Supply contract, which makes their prices less competitive.

The P366 Proposed solution will set the SP08a Supplier Charge for PARMS Serial SP08a for R3 and RF are set to £0.00 for all Suppliers, and does not require the declaration of HTR Metering Systems

P387 ‘Allowing email communications for the BSC Panel Elections process’

Summary

The current Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Panel Elections process is in need of improvement. In regards to BSC Section H ‘General’ Paragraph 9.2.5, ELEXON is required to issue nomination and voting letters via post or fax which is a very time-consuming process and wastes a large amount of paper. Parties are required to submit nominations and votes via post or fax which is out of date with modern technology.

The proposed solution is to amend BSC Section H ‘General’ Paragraph 9.2.5 to allow BSC Panel Election notices, nomination / voting papers etc. to be sent and received via email by both ELEXON and voting Trading Parties during the BSC Panel Elections period. Other forms of communication may be permissible as determined by the Panel from time to time.

P386 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

A number of opportunities to add clarity have been identified within the P344 ‘Project TERRE’ legal text, alongside the correction of manifest errors. This Modification will ensure that the legal text accurately reflects the P344 Workgroup’s intended solution, as approved by the BSC Panel and the Authority and as detailed in the P344 Business Requirements documentation.

P372 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

The Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS) is the primary channel for providing operational data relating to Great Britain’s (GB) Electricity Balancing and Settlement arrangements, as well as REMIT and European Transparency Regulation data. 

This Modification proposes to move a selection of Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS) reporting items, currently set out in BSC Section V ‘Reporting’, to a new Code Subsidiary Document (CSD). This will remove the need to progress a Modification for future amendments while retaining obligations to provide or report required data remain within the BSC.

BMRS changes, which meet newly established criteria designed to speed up the progression of ‘De-Minimis BMRS Changes’ will not be subject to the normal Change Proposal (CP) consultation and will instead be progressed straight for decision. A 15 Working Day objection window will allow market participants to challenge the application of the criteria.

P384 Report Phase Consultation

Summary

P384 will ensure balancing information required by the European Electricity Balancing Guideline (EB GL) and the European Transparency Regulation (ETR) is available to Market Participants. It will also ensure the Balancing and Settlement Code Company (BSCCo) and National Electricity Transmission System Operator (NETSO) remains compliant with this European legislation.

P366 Assessment Procedure Consulation

Summary

P366 will amend how Supplier Charge SP08a is applied to Non Half Hourly non-domestic Meters that are hard-to-read (HTR). It is believed that applying Supplier Charge SP08a to HTR Metering Systems is anti-competitive and limits consumer choice. 

The Workgroup will review the responses and provide their final views, before submitting the Assessment Report to the Panel on 9 May 2019

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