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 ‘Revisions to the Supplier Hub Principle’

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.

 

View P413 Report Phase Consultation

P413 Report Phase Consultation

We have issued P413 ‘Enable Elexon to be the Programme Manager for the implementation of Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement’ for Report Phase Consultation, which you are invited to respond to by 1 March 2021 .

P413 will enable Elexon to provide Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) Implementation Management services under the BSC, as the BSC Company (BSCCo), where Ofgem determines that Elexon shall provide some or all of these services. Elexon may also appoint a MHHS Implementation Assurance Provider, depending on Ofgem’s preference.

Under the Proposed Modification, Elexon’s costs in providing MHHS Implementation Management services will be recovered from BSC Trading Parties by market share through the BSC’s existing Main Funding Share mechanism.

Under the Alternative Modification, the costs will be recovered solely from Suppliers by market share through a new Specified BSC Charge.

P413 will also enable Elexon to participate in any competitive tender exercise used to appoint MHHS Implementation Management services. Any Elexon bid costs will be recovered from BSC Trading Parties through the Main Funding Share, but subject to a cap.

View P376 Assessment Procedure Consultation

P376 Assessment Procedure Consultation

P376 ‘Utilising a Baselining Methodology to set Physical Notifications’ proposes to allow the Final Physical Notification which feeds into the Settlement of Trading Charges to be created via a Baselining Methodology. The new Physical Notification will be de-coupled from the Physical Notification used by National Electricity Transmission System Operator (NETSO) for dispatch. This change will allow Balancing Service Providers to be fully recompensed for their actual change from normal usage and the impact this change has on the system, thus enabling greater participation.

View P417 Report Phase Consultation

P417 Report Phase Consultation

A Modification is required to remove the templates in annexes M1 – M4 in Section M ‘Credit Cover and Credit Default’ and replace them with a requirement for the BSC Panel approved templates and Approved Insurance Product requirements to be published on the BSC Website. Subsequently, the Letter of Credit templates previously approved by the Panel in their meeting on April 2020 shall become the only Letter of Credit templates to be used and published on the Elexon website.

View P418 Report Phase Consultation

P418 Report Phase Consultation

P418 aims to ensure the Legal Text for approved BSC Modification P383 properly reflects the approved solution, business requirements, and is aligned with the BSC baseline introduced by P344, P354 and P388. In particular, it will clarify that the solution being delivered by P383 is applicable to both Supplier Base Balancing Mechanism (BM) Units and Additional BM Units.

View P413 Assessment Procedure Consultation

P413 Assessment Procedure Consultation

We have issued P413 ‘Enable Elexon to be the Programme Manager for the implementation of Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement’ for Assessment Procedure Consultation, which you are invited to respond to by 15 January 2021 .

P413 will require Elexon to provide Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS) Implementation Management services under the BSC, as the BSC Company (BSCCo), where Ofgem determines that Elexon shall provide some or all of these services. These services may include activities and responsibilities relating to MHHS programme management, system integration and programme party co-ordination (or any part of these). Elexon may also appoint a MHHS Implementation Assurance Provider, depending on Ofgem’s preference.

Under the Proposed Modification, Elexon’s costs in providing MHHS Implementation Management services will be recovered from BSC Trading Parties by market share (through the BSC’s existing Main Funding Share mechanism). The Workgroup also seeks views on a potential Alternative Modification that would recover these costs solely from Suppliers by market share (through a new Specified BSC Charge).

P413 will enable Elexon to participate in any competitive tender exercise used to appoint MHHS Implementation Management services. Any Elexon bid costs will be recovered from BSC Trading Parties through the Main Funding Share, but will be subject to a cap.

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