P398 Increasing access to BSC Data

P398 seeks to increase accessibility to data held by Elexon and BSC Agents. It will better align the BSC with the United Kingdom’s Industrial Strategy.

Current Status

Initial Written Assessment
Assessment Procedure
Report Phase
With Authority
Awaiting Implementation


In June 2019 the Energy Data Task Force (EDTF) published its report ‘A Strategy for a Modern Digitalised Energy System’. One of its recommendations was that the energy sector should ‘adopt the principle that Energy System Data should be Presumed Open’. The EDTF report recommends that BEIS and/or Ofgem should use legislative and regulatory powers to achieve this recommendation.

The BSC does not fully adhere to open data principles however, by taking action now, we can remain at the forefront of industry development and will be able to create the precedence for industry to follow/emulate.

P398 proposes amending the BSC so that all data is assumed open unless there is a reason otherwise. The Panel (or delegated Sub-Committee) will determine if there is any reason not to make data available. This will be done based on a transparent process of triage and categorisation. In the longer term, we will look at an IT solution to make accessing BSC data even easier than having to make a formal request for release/publication.


Elexon recommended to the Panel, at its meeting on 12 December 2019, that a Modification should be raised to increase access to BSC data. The Panel agreed to raise the Modification Proposal in accordance with Section F2.1.1(d)(I).

The First Workgroup meeting took place on 16 January 2020 at Elexon’s offices. The Workgroup established the principles for how the BSC should facilitate Open Data so that the detail can be established before, and agreed on at, the Second Workgroup meeting that is due mid-February 2020.

The Papers shared with the Workgroup before the meeting are below. In addition the following links were provided to the Workgroup for further information:

The meeting notes are included in the documents folder below

The Second Workgroup occurred on 30 March 2020 – the meeting documents are below. This Meeting finalised the solution and after discussing it from end-to-end. We also agreed the Business Requirements and resolved some outstanding legal queries.

The third Workgroup meeting was on 18 August 2020. The Workgroup agreed the draft legal text and consultation content. 

The Assessment Phase consultation was issued on 24 August 2020 until 14 September 2020.

Next Events

The Consultation will close on 14 September 2020

The Workgroup will meet following the consultation to review responses and make their final recommendation for the Panel to consider on 8 October 2020.


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