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Metering Systems accurately record the flow of electricity to (an Import) or from (an Export) a site. ELEXON uses Metering System data to calculate energy imbalance charges. These charges are applied to BSC Parties who use more or less energy than they have contracted to buy or generate. Suppliers and generators, Licensed Distribution System Operators, the Transmission System Operator, Interconnector Administrators and ELEXON also use Metering System data for other charging purposes, both within and outside the BSC arrangements.

Larger sites, in the Central Volume Allocation market, may have several Meters where it becomes necessary to aggregate the volumes of all the relevant Meters to find the total. Registrants of such Metering Systems create and submit Metering System Aggregation rules. For more information click Here:

All Metering Systems are subject to Technical Assurance of Metering (TAM) processes. These processes are designed to ensure that Metering Equipment complies with the relevant BSC requirements and that appropriate procedures have been followed for their installation and maintenance. For more information on TAM click here:

What is a Metering System?

A Metering System is made up of items of Metering Equipment: voltage transformers, current transformers, Meters and Outstations, alarms, the wires and connections between each item and connections required to transfer Metering System data to the outside world (e.g. modems and communication lines). There are two types of Metering System: those which measure and record electrical energy flow for each half hour for Settlement (Half Hourly Metering Systems) and those which measure and record over longer periods of time, from which energy flows in each half hour can be estimated (Non Half Hourly Metering Systems).

Useful documents

Change of Measurement and Profile Class

Code of Practice 4 Commissioning of measurement transformers for Settlement purposes

Code of Practice 4 Guidance

Code of Practice 4 Sample Meter Calibrations [200 Kb]

CoP Compliance and Protocol Approval List

BSC Codes of Practice and Smart Meters

Metering demand sites with generating equipment installed

Metering for Offshore Wind Farms

Securing Access for Technical Assurance Agent (TAA) Inspections