Credit Cover explained


The purpose of Credit Cover is to ensure that, should a Trading Party default, sufficient collateral is available to pay any debts. If a Party does not have sufficient funds it will enter into Credit Default.

How it relates to you

Each BSC Party is required to lodge collateral with Elexon to ensure that there are sufficient funds available to cover that Party’s Trading Charges should the Party become unable to pay.

Under the BSC arrangements, payments to and from Trading Parties in respect of Trading Charges arising on any particular Settlement Day are made, on average, 29 calendar days later.

Therefore, at any given time, Trading Parties may have debts (or be due payments) in respect of Trading Charges incurred, on average, over the previous twenty-nine days.

Amount of Credit Cover

The BSC does not stipulate the amount of Credit Cover that Trading Parties must provide.

Instead Trading Parties decide on the level of Credit Cover that they wish to provide based on their Trading characteristics, and credit checking is intended to ensure that a Trading Party cannot accumulate a debt over the twenty-nine day period that exceeds the amount of Credit Cover provided.

Credit Assessment Load Factors

For the few days of the Credit Cover calculation, until real metered data becomes available, Credit Assessment Load Factors (CALFs) are one of the Parameters used to determine Credit Assessment Energy Indebtedness (CEI) for non-Interconnector, non-Credit Qualifying Balancing Mechanism (BM) Units.

Keeping Elexon informed

A credit check is completed each Settlement Period , 24 hours a day and if a Credit Default occurs it has to be progressed regardless of whether Elexon has been able to speak directly to the relevant Party.

Please help us to ensure that we have up to date contacts for your Party so that if a Credit Default occurs you can be contacted immediately during both working and non-working hours.

Please note that Parties are requested to keep Elexon informed of a contact (preferably more than one) that can deal with Credit Default issues both inside and outside of normal working hours.

In accordance with the BSC, a Credit Default has to be progressed regardless of whether Elexon has been able to speak directly to the relevant BSC Party. Therefore, without the most up to date contact details, a Party may risk going into Credit Default without having the opportunity to address any potential issues.

Contacts need to be updated every six months. To submit new or updated contact details, please complete the following template and submit it to [email protected].

Credit Assessment Price

The Credit Assessment Price (CAP) is a parameter set by the Credit Committee on behalf of the BSC Panel and subject to periodic review. The CAP is a notional pound value of 1 MWh of energy that is used in determining a Party’s Energy Indebtedness and amount of Energy Credit Cover and hence adequacy of Credit Cover.

The Credit Committee is responsible for all matters under the BSC that relate to the CAP including determining the value.

A trigger level system is used to determine when reviews of CAP shall be held.

Credit Default

The Credit Default processes are triggered when a Party’s Credit Cover Percentage (CCP) exceeds a number of thresholds. The Level 1 Credit Default process is triggered when the CCP exceeds 80% and the Level 2 Credit Default process is triggered when the CCP exceeds 90%. The Party must reduce the Credit Cover percentage below 80% by the end of the query period to resolve the Credit Default

Material Doubt

If a BSC Party believes that its Credit Cover Percentage is not accurate, then the Party can submit evidence to Elexon to be considered for Material Doubt.

Where the evidence is considered valid and substantial, Elexon will monitor the Credit Cover Percentage calculated by the central systems and estimate a corrected percentage.

Supplier of Last Resort

A Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) is appointed to take over the customers of a Supplier if their Supply Licence has been revoked.


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