P471 ‘Amendment to BSC Section E to allow more flexibility in procurement of BSC Agents’

Formal title: Amendment to BSC Section E to allow more flexibility in procurement of BSC Agents

To allow more flexibility in the requirements for procurement of BSC Agents, to allow the option of having these systems operated by the service provider who developed them (at least for the duration of the transition period), while the currently-appointed Supplier Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA) continues to operate legacy processes.

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Under the status quo, BSC Section E: BSC Agents mandates Elexon to appoint a single company, known as a BSC Agent, for each BSC Service Description. For instance, for the Supplier Volume Allocation Service, Elexon must appoint a Supplier Volume Allocation Agent (SVAA). This process is governed by specific conditions and competitive procurement requirements. However, the transition to MHHS (Market-wide Half-Hourly Settlement) presents unique challenges as it significantly enhances the complexity of the Supplier Volume Allocation service. 

The development of MHHS involves implementing new SVAA processes and requirements, including operating entirely new systems like LSS (Load Shaping Service), MDS (Market-wide Data Service), and VAS (Volume Allocation Service). This represents a scope increase for an existing BSC Agent service. To mitigate the risk of delaying the MHHS transition, Elexon’s preferred approach deviates from the current Section E provisions.

To address this issue, Elexon propose leveraging the expertise and resources of already appointed service providers.


Current Status

Assessment Procedure
Report Phase
With Authority
Awaiting Implementation


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