Restoration Services

Restoration (formerly known as Black Start) is the process used to restore power in the event of a total or partial shutdown of the national electricity transmission system. 

Please be aware we have published our consultation on the Implementation of the ESRS (Electricity System Restoration Standard) . A link to this is below and all responses should be sent to [email protected] by no later than 10 December 2021.

Please also note we have published our consultation on the Assurance Framework as part of the ESO Licence condition. This consultation shall also last for 30 days like the ESRS consultation and closes on the 17 December 2021. Please send all responses to [email protected]

10.11.2021 ESRS Implementation Consultation

19.11.2021 Assurance Framework Consultation

Not all payments will be applicable as some depend on the type, age and status of the generating unit.

Availability payment (£/settlement period) – a payment for being available to provide restoration services.

Exercise price (£/MWh) – an agreed amount paid by us for a test. The amount paid includes the exercise price and the metered output of the unit during the test.

Contribution sums – these payments are available to new or refurbishing plant only. Where the installation or refurbishment of capital assets at a power station would return a valuable restoration service, we may choose to contribute towards the provider’s costs. This may be in the form of profiled (staged) or upfront payments, all supported by valid invoices.

We reserve the right to request further evidence to verify that the works have been completed.