Kinnect Settlement Solution project
The Settlement Solution will handle our core balancing and settlement operations. It establishes several modular components, which access data storage and processing technologies that can be developed quickly in response to changes in market rules, without unduly impacting other services.
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How it relates to you
Our core settlement systems are the ‘engine’ of Elexon and ensure that balancing and settlement runs smoothly and accurately for industry, day in, day out, for the GB electricity market. We are upgrading our central systems to a cloud native digital platform that can perform scalable, flexible and modular settlement operations.
Elexon Kinnect platform delivers two further functions for BSC Parties:
- Customer Solution – providing access for customers wanting to manage their company information
- Insights Solution – to receive, process and publish data
- More about the Elexon Kinnect platform
Video about Kinnect Settlement Solution
Here you can watch a video about the Kinnect Settlement Solution that will handle our core balancing and settlement operations. Elexon Kinnect Settlement Solution forms the “engine” of our digital platform and will run our day-to-day settlement and invoicing operations. The video is introduced by Mark Bygraves, the Elexon CEO, and details of the Settlement Solution are presented by Peter Stanley the Director of Digital Operations.
Benefits of the Settlement Solution
The objective of the new Settlement and Invoicing Solution is to enable us to respond more quickly to industry change.
It will target Settlement accuracy to minimise the financial impact from changes in data through the reconciliation process using enhanced validation to prevent and detect errors.
It will also support the Market Wide Half Hourly Settlement goal to reduce the Settlement timeline from 14 to 4 months.
The Settlement Administration Agent calculations will be the first content we will include in the new product and this will be live from Autumn 2022.
As more customers feedback and guidance is obtained from the user group, further developments will be introduced targeting customer priority and value.
How will it work?
The Settlement Solution is a solution that’s born in cloud technologies; leveraging various services to achieve scalability from the very beginning.
The Settlement Solution in Kinnect establishes several modular components, which will each access data storage and processing technologies that can be developed quickly in response to changes in market rules, without unduly impacting other services. New data storage and processing technologies will also enable access to the BSC data within the Settlement calculations. The microservices architecture style is what helps to achieve flexibility and modularity.
The flexible, cloud-based technology we will use for the Settlement Solution will allow us to respond to the needs of our customers by reducing manual processes, delivering BSC change and support for innovation more quickly and efficiently. This means we can deliver changes to the BSC faster, resulting in lower overall costs for our customers.
By using microservices that splits the systems into smaller components, it will be easier and quicker to make changes and improvements as well as increasing the accuracy of early Settlement calculations.
The solution will also reduce the complexity of change and will allow for a more efficient testing process, reducing time and costs for our customers. It also allows us to dispose of and replace redundant code provisions as an alternative to implementing significant changes to the code base, thereby reducing the scale and complexity of implementing BSC change.
The Settlement Solution will increase data quality of Settlement Runs, reducing the financial variation in billing at the point of Final Reconciliation, as well as being able to recover from a failed Settlement run a lot quicker, it will reduce the impact on customers too.
By using a modular infrastructure, we can assess the impact of multiple changes to the same part of the system without any operational impact to the production system as a whole.
Future market changes
The Settlement Solution will also provide greater ability to manage large sector-wide changes such as Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement. Market-wide Half Hourly Settlement is a once in a generation change providing the bedrock for a smarter system which promotes and rewards more consumer engagement and participation.
It is major changes like this that the solution will support and is vital to deliver net zero.
In the future, by having this cloud-based technology, it will allow us to offer multiple, concurrent sandbox trials, and it could potentially enable us to move beyond a regulatory sandbox to offer a technical sandbox to predict the impact of new business models on settlement without the need for derogations.
If 15-minute Settlement or even 5-minute Settlement was introduced in the future, the solution will be ready to adapt far more quickly than the current systems.
As well as being suitable for local or regional settlement, the Settlement solution is also adaptable, and could potentially be used beyond electricity settlement. This could support future Code consolidation and reduction of costs to customers.
The solution will also drive operational efficiency within Elexon through greater automation and real time monitoring as the data is orchestrated through the mircoservices. The ability to then use analytics on each stage of the meter to bank calculation allows us to identify areas for improvement in Settlement – effectively providing a feedback loop to the Performance Assurance process and identifying areas of Settlement risk. Ultimately, this means we can support our customers quickly and efficiently.
Video explaining the modular design
This short animation shows how the modular design of our new cloud based digital platform allows for quicker system and BSC rule changes.
Video length: 1 min, 01 sec
Background to the project
Our systems haven’t been replaced since Elexon was formed around 20 years ago. We need to invest in our systems in order to minimise risk to settlement and are flexible for future arrangements, so that we can serve our customers today, and in the years to come.
We are upgrading our central systems to a cloud native digital platform that can perform scalable, flexible and modular settlement operations.