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

Formal title: Allowing email communications for the BSC Panel Elections process

This Modification Proposal aims to amend the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) Panel Elections process to allow communications between parties via email as well as other methods to be approved by the BSC Panel on a case-by-case basis.

Current Status

Initial Written Assessment
Assessment Procedure
Report Phase
With Authority
Awaiting Implementation


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 Parties are required to submit nominations and votes via post or fax which is out of date with modern technology.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.


Modification P387 was raised by the BSC Panel on 9 May 2019. The Panel unanimously provided their initial approval for the Modification to be progressed as Self-Governance and to proceed directly to the Report Phase. The Panel initially approved the Modification, its impact on the Applicable BSC Objectives and the draft legal text.

The BSC Panel considered the Draft Modification Report at it meeting on 13 June 2019 and approved the P387 Solution under Self-Governance. P387 was issued for a 15 Working Day appeal window, which closed on Thursday 4 July 2019.

Next Events

As no appeals were received, P387 will be implemented on 7 November 2019, as part of the November 2019 BSC Release.


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