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.

List of Change Consultations 

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View P332 Report Phase Consultation

P332 Report Phase Consultation

This is the Report Phase Consultation for P332 ‘Revisions to the Supplier Hub Principle’.

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).

View Elexon’s response to MHHS Programme’s consultation on MHHS Programme Governance Framework

Elexon’s response to MHHS Programme’s consultation on MHHS Programme Governance Framework

In our response, we agreed with the proposed framework objectives and hierarchy set out within the consultation. We noted that both proposals should enable the effective delivery of MHHS. We also make suggestions on Workgroup attendee requirements and note that constituency representatives should only include the Code Bodies.

View Elexon’s response to House of Lords Call for Evidence on Ofgem and net zero

Elexon’s response to House of Lords Call for Evidence on Ofgem and net zero

In our response, we note that Ofgem has a key role to play in the energy transition to net zero alongside BEIS. We also note that as new energy markets come into play, Ofgem will need to have an equal oversight and ability to extend its existing regulatory framework to these new markets to ensure there is a similar regulatory regime and oversight. In our response, we suggest that certain areas of the Energy Codes Reform be prioritised.

View P421 ‘Align the BSC with Grid Code Modification GC0144 for TERRE Market Suspension’

P421 ‘Align the BSC with Grid Code Modification GC0144 for TERRE Market Suspension’

This Modification aligns the BSC with the provisions introduced into the Grid Code under GC0144 ‘Alignment of Market Suspension Rights to the EU Emergency and Restoration Code Article 35.1(b)’

View Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on Switching Programme Significant Code Review: Retail Energy Code v3.0

Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on Switching Programme Significant Code Review: Retail Energy Code v3.0

In our response, we provided some comments around the redlining of REC v3.0 and noted that some other parameters need to be confirmed before Elexon proceeds with the required redlining. More specifically, Elexon asked for clarification around CR-D059 ‘Changes to support Energy Company Data’ and made some comments with regards to the Energy Market Data Specification (EMDS) and around the governance arrangements for the Supplier Meter Registration Service (SMRS).

View P332 Assessment Procedure Consultation

P332 Assessment Procedure Consultation

This is the Assessment Procedure Consultation for P332 ‘Revisions to the Supplier Hub Principle’.

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).

View P422 ‘Reflecting NCER Rules in the BSC’

P422 ‘Reflecting NCER Rules in the BSC’

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.

View Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on Data Best Practice guidance and Digitalisation Strategy and Action Plan guidance

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. 

View Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on MHHS Implementation and Governance Arrangements

Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on MHHS Implementation and Governance Arrangements

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.

View Elexon’s response to National Grid ESO’s consultation on EBGL Article 52 ISH Amendment

Elexon’s response to National Grid ESO’s consultation on EBGL Article 52 ISH Amendment

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.

View Elexon’s response to National Grid ESO’s consultation on their Strategy to Enable DSO

Elexon’s response to National Grid ESO’s consultation on their Strategy to Enable DSO

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. 

View Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on the Introduction of an Electricity System Restoration Standard

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.

View P416 Report Phase Consultation

P416 Report Phase Consultation

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.
View P420 Authority Led SCR Modification Consultation

P420 Authority Led SCR Modification Consultation

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:

  1. Ensure the BSC reflects the close down of the MRA.
  2. Transfer operational procedures relating to Metering Point Lifecycle from the MRA to the BSC.
  3. Make the necessary changes to transfer SVA Metering arrangements to the REC, and facilitate a transition period for metering assurance.
  4. Insert the required drafting to give effect to the CCSG, which will be established under the REC to better facilitate cross-code change
View Elexon’s response to BEIS’ consultation on proposed improvements to the Capacity Market

Elexon’s response to BEIS’ consultation on proposed improvements to the Capacity Market

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.

View ELEXON’s response to Ofgem’s call for evidence on the regulatory arrangements for the DCC

ELEXON’s response to Ofgem’s call for evidence on the regulatory arrangements for the DCC

We responded to Ofgem’s Call for Evidence on the DCC licence arrangements. In our response, we express our view that it would beneficial to see the DCC/SEC arrangements encompassed within an independent Market Operator, as laid out in our recent Policy View on Reforming the System Operator roles and Code Arrangements. In addition, we suggest that Ofgem undertake a review of the way that the DCC arrangements are funded, noting that the returns allowed for the DCC are greatly in excess of what is allowed for other Priced Controlled entities.

View P416 Assessment Procedure Consultation

P416 Assessment Procedure Consultation

We have issued P416 ‘Introducing a route of appeal for the Annual Budget in line with the proposals for the Retail Energy Code’ for Assessment Procedure Consultation, which you are invited to respond to by 22 April 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 have no reasonable prospect of success.
  • Provisions to stop all of part of spend against appealed Annual Budget line items if specified conditions are met.
View P376 Report Phase Consultation

P376 Report Phase Consultation

Utilising a Baselining Methodology to set Physical Notifications for Settlement of Applicable Balancing Services

View Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on Version 2.0 of the Retail Energy Code

Elexon’s response to Ofgem’s consultation on Version 2.0 of the Retail Energy Code

In our response we suggest that some BSC metering arrangements should not move over to the REC, particularly assurance provisions that impact actual data from metering systems for settlement purposes.

View P402 Report Phase Consultation

P402 Report Phase Consultation

We have issued P402 ‘Enabling reform of residual network charging as directed by the Targeted Charging Review’ for Report Phase Consultation, which you are invited to respond to by 5pm on Monday 1 March 2021.

The P402 Proposed Solution will introduce new reporting requirements on LDSOs and BSCCo that will ensure the provision of data to enable the NETSO to set TNUoS demand residual tariffs and enable accurate billing of subsequent charges. To ensure that NETSO receives the data it requires, P402 introduces processes that require the provision, consolidation and validation of three types of data to NETSO (Monthly Billing data, Annual Tariff Setting data and Unmetered Supplies (UMS) data), the creation of two new reports to NETSO and an update to the P0210 ‘TNUoS Report’.

Under the Proposed Solution, new requirements will be introduced on Licenced Distribution System Operators (LDSOs) to send reports to Elexon (as the BSCCo) and on BSCCo to aggregate this data and report to National Electricity Transmission System Operator (NETSO). This will impact LDSOs, NETSO and BSC systems and processes.

The P402 Alternative Solution sees LDSOs compiling this data themselves, sending it directly to National Grid and so not to relying on BSCCo or BSC Systems and Agents for these purposes.

The Alternative Solution will introduce new requirements on LDSOs to send reports to NETSO. This will impact LDSOs and NETSO and will not require any changes to BSC Systems – however BSCCo will provide support to Parties as part of Business as Usual.

The BSC Panel initially recommends that the P402 Alternative Modification should be approved and that the P402 Proposed Modification should be rejected

We invite you to respond to this Report Phase Consultation to provide your views on the Panel’s initial recommendations for P402.

Please send your response to [email protected] using the form attached to the consultation by 5pm on Monday 1 March 2021. 

Please note that this is your final opportunity to comment on this Modification.

 

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