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EU Legislation Directly Impacting on the BSC

This page is a one-stop shop repository of European Union legislation that directly impacts on the BSC systems and processes. Below you will find copies of REMIT and the REMIT Implementing Act, and the latest version of the draft Electricity Balancing Guideline, amongst other legislation.

ELEXON’s role

The anticipated impacts of European Union legislation on the BSC are included in ELEXON’s Forward Work Plan, which is regularly updated and can be found on the Code Administration Code of Practice.

European Electricity Balancing Guideline

The main impact of EU developments on the BSC will come from the legally-binding European Electricity Balancing Guideline (EB GL), which includes balancing and imbalance settlement within its scope.

Implementation and impact

We expect the EB GL to come into force towards the end of 2017. However, it is already driving changes to the BSC.

Further information

European Network Code on Emergency and Restoration

The European Network Code on Emergency and Restoration (NC ER) has the potential to impact on the Black Start provisions of BSC Section G.

The relevant parts of the NC ER are in Chapter IV (Market Interactions) starting at Article 35.

Implementation

The NC ER is expected to come into force in 2017.

Further information

REMIT

This is the EU Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT). The BSC Balancing Mechanism Reporting Service (BMRS) hosts the REMIT inside information platform for GB electricity.

Market participants can post inside information here if they wish, to comply with their inside information reporting obligations under REMIT.

Implementation

Further information

  • REMIT Portal of the Agency for the Coordination of Energy Regulators (ACER)

The European Transparency Regulation

This requires primary data owners to submit specific information related to the electricity sector to their Transmission System Operator, or a third party acting as a data provider, for publication on a central European reporting platform.

Implementation

Further information

The Clean Energy Package

The European Commission has proposed a package of laws covering different aspects of the electricity market, some of which have the potential to impact the BSC in future.

Implementation

The package was proposed in late 2016 and the various laws are under negotiation.

Further information

Joint European Stakeholder Group

The JESG provides a single group for GB stakeholders to engage on all aspects of European Policy.

Here you can find a wide variety of information including presentations and minutes from JESG meetings that consider the impacts and implementation of EU legislation on the GB electricity sector, and the full suite of electricity Network Codes and Guidelines.