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Supply point capacity bssoq and supply point ratchets

Supply Point CapacityBSSOQ and Supply Point ratchets

Chris Warner


What is the bottom stop supply point capacity bssoq
What is the Bottom Stop Supply Point Capacity (BSSOQ)?

  • UNC TPD G5.2.3

  • …the "Bottom-Stop" Supply Point Capacity in respect of a DM Supply Point Component is…the amount (the "Preceding Year Maximum Capacity") which is the highest User SPDQ for any Day (other than a Day in the months of June to September inclusive) in the Preceding Year…”


What is the purpose of the bssoq pre 95 5 commodity unit rate
What is the Purpose of the BSSOQ? – Pre 95/5 - Commodity Unit Rate

  • Pre 95/5 (UNC Modification 0210) interruptible Supply Points not subject to Capacity charges

  • Commodity charge unit rate for Firm Supply Points determined by Registered Capacity (the higher the Registered Capacity, the lower the unit rate charge)

  • Interruptible Supply Points: incentive existed to overstate Registered Capacity to attract a lower unit rate charge

  • Resolution:

    • The unit rate charge for Interruptible Supply Points is determined by the Bottom Stop Supply Point Capacity, and not the Registered Capacity

    • Formerly TPD B4.6.5, now part of transitional Interruption Regime in TD Part IIC 6.1.3

  • Post 95/5, Interruptible Supply Points are subject to Capacity charges therefore the costs of overstating Registered Capacity outweigh any unit rate benefit in respect of commodity charges

  • Conclusion: BSSOQ no longer required to determine unit rate for Commodity Charges where Registered Capacity is overstated


What is the purpose of the bssoq registration of insufficient interruptible capacity
What is the Purpose of the BSSOQ? – Registration of Insufficient Interruptible Capacity

  • Prevents prospective registration of insufficient capacity at an Interruptible Supply Point.

    • Interruptible Supply Points not subject to Supply Point Ratchets

    • Equivalent incentive not required for Firm Supply Points due to application of Supply Point Ratchet

  • Provides a ‘lower limit’.

  • Facilitates predictability of capacity charging (95% of transportation charges).

  • Conclusion: removal of Interruptible Supply Points from 1 October 2011 will remove requirement to prevent understatement of Registered Capacity


Prospective role of bssoq
Prospective Role of BSSOQ

  • Current BSSOQ cycle can frustrate timely reduction of Registered Capacity where consumption is significantly reduced

  • Original purposes of BSSOQ have been/will be removed:

    • Capacity charging at interruptible Supply Points has removed the incentive to overstate Registered Capacity

    • New DN Interruption regime (01/10/2011) removes Interruptible Supply Points and all Supply Points will therefore be subject to Supply Point Ratchets

      • Transitional application of Supply Point Ratchet to Firm Supply Points only in TD Part IIC 6.1.4


Bssoq proposal
BSSOQ Proposal

  • Remove BSSOQ from the UNC

    • No requirement to record in the Supply Point Register

    • No requirement to annually recalculate BSSOQ

    • Does not constrain Capacity Registration (peak daily load)


Supply point ratchet
Supply Point Ratchet

  • Occurs where daily offtake (UDQO) exceeds Registered Capacity

    • Where UDQO exceeds Registered Capacity the Registered Capacity will automatically increase to the UDQO value

    • Ratchet amount (UDQO-Registered Capacity) capacity charges levied at twice ‘normal’ rate

    • UNC TPD B4.7 / UNC TD Part IIC 6.1.4

  • Applies for any Day between October and May inclusive

    • Logic is that capacity is more constrained in the winter period?


Supply point ratchet proposal
Supply Point Ratchet Proposal

  • To incentivise appropriate behaviour year round

    • Supply Points subject to Supply Point Ratchets on any Day within the Gas Year


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