About BSC Committees & Groups

The Balancing and Settlement Code is governed by the BSC Panel and its committees and industry groups. They meet to fulfil the duties of the BSC and discuss issues around day to day operations. This includes how changes to the BSC itself, Code Subsidiary Documents and BSC Systems are developed, assessed and implemented. 

About the BSC Panel

The BSC Panel assesses Modification Proposals against a defined set of criteria laid out in the Transmission Company’s Licence, determines trading parameters and ensures that BSC Parties comply with the BSC rules.

BSC Panel Members are appointed by election or by appointment. BSC Panel Members must act impartially and not be representative of any one Party or class of Parties.

Remote meetings due to COVID-19

We have decided, save in exceptional circumstances, we will not be re-opening the Elexon office to external visitors until at least the beginning of 2021 and we will therefore continue to hold all meetings, committees and workgroups virtually. This was decided after viewing the feedback and results from an internal and external survey. 

To recognise this prolonged change to our working arrangements, we have created a set of principles to be followed when holding online meetings. These principles will be highlighted at the beginning of each meeting to hopefully improve your virtual meeting experience.

Panel committees

The BSC Panel has established six Panel Committees to support it in fulfilling its various duties, and a number of industry groups also meet regularly to discuss issues arising from the BSC.

Membership of the committees and groups is drawn from the industry. Panel Committee Members must act impartially and not be representative of any one Party or class of Parties.

Elexon’s role

Elexon attends the BSC Panel and provides secretariat services. 

The Chairman of the BSC Panel (also the Chairman of the Elexon Board) may only cast a vote in respect of Panel determinations where there is no overall majority. Save for this exception, Elexon is not a member of the BSC Panel and has no vote in respect of BSC Panel determinations.

Elexon also chairs, attends and provides secretariat support to Panel Committees. However, Elexon is not a member of the Panel Committees, either in its capacity as chair or in any other capacity, and it has no vote in respect of Panel Committee determinations.

List of groups and latest meetings

Architecture Working Group (AWG)

The AWG is one of three industry working groups which Elexon is chairing and providing with technical leadership to support Ofgem’s Significant Code Review on Electricity Settlement Reform. The other two groups are: Design Working Group (DWG); and the Code Change and Development Group (CCDG).

Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service Change Board (BCB)

The Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service Change Board is responsible for supporting the BSC Panel in meeting its objectives with matters relating to the BMRS processes and systems.

BSC Panel

The BSC Panel plays an important role in helping to ensure that the provisions of the BSC are given effect; it must do so promptly, fairly, economically, efficiently, transparently and in such a manner as will promote effective competition in the generation, supply, sale and purchase of electricity.

Code Administration Code of Practice forum

The CACoP Forum enables energy Code Administrators to collaborate, share best practice and make navigation of energy Codes easier for all industry participants.

CCDG

Code Change and Development Group (CCDG)

The CCDG is one of three industry working groups which Elexon is chairing and providing with technical leadership to support Ofgem’s Significant Code Review on Electricity Settlement Reform.

Credit Committee

The Credit Committee (CC) is responsible for all matters under the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) that relate to the Credit Assessment Price (CAP).

Credit Committee Meetings are open to any BSC Party and the business discussed is non-confidential. Attendees can observe the proceedings but cannot speak unless invited by the chairman.

DWG

Design Working Group

The Elexon-led DWG designed the Target Operating Model (TOM) for Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement (MHHS), as well as the high-level approach for transitioning from the current Settlement arrangements to the TOM. The TOM is a key output of Ofgem’s Significant Code Review (SCR) on Electricity Settlement Reform.

ISG

Imbalance Settlement Group (ISG)

The ISG is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Imbalance Settlement processes and systems in the Central Volume Allocation (CVA) Market.

PAB

Performance Assurance Board (PAB)

The PAB conducts and administers activities to provide assurance that all participants in the BSC arrangements are suitably qualified and that the relevant standards are maintained.

PEG

Profiling Expert Group (PEG)

Q8

Q8 committee

STAG

Software Technical Advisory Group (STAG)

SVG

Supplier Volume Allocation Group (SVG)

The SVG is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Supplier Volume Allocation processes and systems.

TAMEG

Technical Assurance of Metering Expert Group (TAMEG)

TDC

Trading Disputes Committee

UMSUG

Unmetered Supplies User Group (UMSUG)

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