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Code Administrator's Working Group Duncan Burt CUSC and Grid Code
Working Groups chaired by Panel Members or National Grid Governance arrangement have evolved as issues arose i.e. CAP160 - Working group process now aligned to the BSC Large scale analytical support from National Grid Established Standing Groups that debate key wider issues. BSSG, GSG and Transmission Access Active engagement of Panel Members during the Amendment Process Joint working groups with the Grid Code Cost effective administration CUSC – Positives Administered in an independent & objective fashion Rigorous and high quality analysis Promote inclusive accessible and effective consultation Cost effective
Difficulty in progressing fundamental change especially when there is an overlap with matters of public – i.e. CAP148 Tight ‘standard’ timeframe for complex Amendments All details are within the codes, no procedures All Amendments approved by Ofgem – no self governance Different governance terminology to other Electricity codes Potential for a significant number of alternatives (now reduced with the introduction of CAP160) RPI – X acts as a dis-incentive for expenditure on assessment and implementation CUSC – Negatives Sufficiently flexible to circumstances Delivers a proportionate regulatory burden Governed by transparent & easily understood rules and procedures
Establish Workstreams in Electricity For BSC, CUSC, BSAD and Grid Code issues Formal joint mechanisms for cross code and licence issues i.e. BSC modifications and BSAD developed and consulted in a joint report Current examples in CUSC and Grid Code include: Gas Insulated Switchgear Compliance Frequency response Ideas for the future
Greater use of Issue/ Standing Groups to address issues / develop ideas from industry Such groups could aid Amendment development and support smaller participants Common code terminology for governance – All codes Quarterly education seminars – All relevant codes together Code user guides and Amendment guidance/FAQ’s in a common format Plain English for reports and codes (where appropriate to do so without affecting the legal status of the code) e.g. Crystal marks Ideas for the future
Flexible governance arrangements – i.e. able to change legal text once an Amendment is with Ofgem Developments by consensus Representative panels who actively contribute Joint working groups with other codes For Grid Code National Grid required to respond to each consultation response to address points raised Cost effective administration Grid Code – Positives Sufficiently flexible to circumstances Administered in an independent & objective fashion Promote inclusive accessible and effective consultation Delivers a proportionate regulatory burden Cost effective
Modifications can take a long time Grid Code – Negatives