Black Start

Black Start is the procedure we use to restore power in the event of a total or partial shutdown of the national electricity transmission system.

19.07.21 Please note we have published our Black Start Allowed Revenue Report for 2020/21

10.05.21 Please note we have published the Black Start Strategy and Procurement Methodology 2021/22

04.05.21 Please note we have published the results of the Northern ESR Tender for 2022 here

07.01.21 Please note we have published a revised set of Contract terms here

18.12.20 Please note we have published the Commercial Assessment Methodology for the Black Start Tenders here

09.11.20 Please note we have published the SW & Midlands Black Start Tender Results here

22.09.20 Please note we have published an update to the timelines for the Northern and SW & Midlands competitive events below

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 black start services.

Exercise price (£/MWh) – an agreed amount paid by us for a black start 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 black start 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.