About the Insights Solution service

Glossary

The Insights Solution replaces the Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS), providing a richer, more up to date and detailed data service.

Moving to the Insights Solution and decommissioning BMRS

Elexon is now in the final stages of completing the migration of Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS) datasets and capabilities to the Insights Solution.  

We will be switching off the BMRS TIBCO Service on 31 March 2024, and all the other BMRS endpoints (the website, APIs and the Data Push Service) in early May 2024.

 

What is the Insights Solution

The Insights Solution provides a more visual, detailed and customisable data service compared with the BMRS.

Switching off BMRS

The Insights Solution will replace the legacy BMRS application and fulfil Elexon’s obligation under the BSC to act as the Balancing Mechanism Reporting Agent (BMRA) by collecting, displaying and providing wholesale market data. 

Once we switch off the BMRS, all the endpoints for accessing the data will be discontinued. 

If you are a user of BMRS data, you need to prepare for this change, and familiarise yourself with the Insights Solution, if you are not using it already. 

Remaining stages of the Insights Solution roll out

Here are the remaining steps ahead of switching off the BMRS. We will keep the page updated with the latest information.

If you want to be kept informed when the page is updated, please contact our analysis and insights team

Early February 2024

Availability of all BMRS datasets on Insights Solution

All BMRS datasets will be available on Insights Solution website, APIs and the Insights Real Time Information Service (IRIS). This will include Indicative Settlement price calculation data such as Imbalance Prices and volumes.

Since December 2022, we have been providing instant data from the Insights Solution through the IRIS. It will replace the TIBCO service. 

Mid March 2024

24/7 support for the Insights Platform 

Completion of the data engineering and infrastructure workstream to adhere to our performance and latency standards for our data endpoints (e.g. the IRIS).  

 24/7 support will also be available for the Insights Platform.

31 March 2024

Switching off TIBCO service

BSC Modification P454 removes the obligation for Elexon to provide BMRA data via the TIBCO service and was recommended by the BSC Panel for Ofgem’s approval on 14 December 2023. Elexon has written to TIBCO users to inform them of the decision to stop the service from 31 March 2024 to avoid significant licence renewal costs.  

Mid March 2024 until the end of April 2024

Parallel run of the Insights Solution and BMRS 

We will be operating the Insights Solution alongside BMRS from early March until the end of April. The parallel run period will allow additional time for you to transition to using the Insights Platform. 

With the exception of TIBCO, the BMRS website, APIs and Data Push Service will continue to operate throughout the parallel run period

Early May 2024

Switch off BMRS 

The Insights Solution will become the system of record for Elexon’s wholesale market data in March and we will switch off the BMRS in early May. 

Insights Real-Time Information Service (IRIS)

IRIS is a near real-time, free, publicly available push service for accessing Insights Solution data. Watch our video to find out how to use the service.

Video Published: February 2024

Help and support

If you have any questions about the Insights Solution, switching off the BMRS, or you need any help in setting up the IRIS. Please get in touch with our analysis and insights team

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