The Electricity Balancing System (EBS) – An update for market participants
The energy landscape is changing – in generation, transportation, supply and use. In order to adjust to these rapid changes, particularly within the energy generator landscape, National Grid recognised that our systems and processes needed to change to meet future needs and compliance requirements.
Looking at how we balanced our system against this landscape we decided to implement the EBS to replace the existing Balancing Mechanism (BM) Systems. The Balancing suite of systems are those used to operate the Balancing Mechanism Market.
This document provides an update on the purpose of the EBS Programme, where we are now, what’s coming next and what you can expect from us going forward.
The Balancing Programme will look to create a new technology platform that is better able to meet the needs of our ever-changing balancing ecosystem.
Our on-going development will be process-led, focused on the end user and managed through our newly established Balancing Programme and ESO Process Design Authority.
The Balancing Programme will:
- use BM (Balancing Mechanism) and EBS (Electricity Balancing System) scheduling as our preferred platform for balancing for the mid-term
- deliver EU compliance requirements into this platform alongside infrastructure upgrades
- complete remediation of all scheduling defects along with performance and focused set of usability improvements
We will continue with our current strategy to develop a hybrid approach, which utilises both BM and EBS scheduling.
We will further develop the new Process Design Authority and internal balancing capability to ensure that we can address our future needs for balancing and the ESO.
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