• Contingency Balancing Reserve

  • Two new balancing services have been developed to support National Grid in balancing the system during the mid-decade period when capacity margins are expected to tighten. The new services are Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) and Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR).

    DSBR is targeted at large energy users who volunteer to reduce their demand during winter weekday evenings between 4 and 8 pm in return for a payment. SBR is targeted at keeping power stations in reserve that would otherwise be closed or mothballed. These services will act as a safety net to protect consumers, only to be deployed in the unlikely event of there being insufficient capacity available in the market to meet demand.

    These new balancing services were developed during the latter half of 2013 through an industry consultation process, and these products were approved by Ofgem on 19th December 2013. Ofgem’s decision letter was published on their website. Market information associated with these services is published below:

  • Contingency Balancing Reserve Consultation

  • All documentation relating to the consultation on the continued use of Contingency Balancing Reserve can be found here and via the 'Contingency Balancing Reserve Consultation' area below.
  • General DSBR/SBR Market Information

  • 16 Nov 2016
    SBR Proving Tests
    241 KB

    19 Oct 2016
    Change to Start Date of Supplemental Balancing Reserve
    217 KB

    14 Oct 2016
    POTENTIAL CHANGE TO START DATE OF SUPPLEMENTAL BALANCING RESERVE
    102 KB

    10 Nov 2015
    Industry Clarification Letter SBR and Operational Data
    12 KB

    27 Oct 2015
    Notice of SBR Tender 2016 17 Winter
    114 KB

    03 Jun 2015
    Winter 2015-16 Results of Tender Round 2
    205 KB

    02 Mar 2015
    Market Update and Tender Round 2 - Winter 2015-16
    62 KB

    15 Dec 2014
    SBR and DSBR Market Update
    60 KB

    04 Nov 2014
    SBR Winter 2014-15 Contracts Confirmed
    38 KB

    28 Oct 2014
    Supplemental Balancing Reserve Market Update October 2014
    42 KB

    16 Oct 2014
    DSBR 201415 Market Update
    104 KB

    16 Oct 2014
    SBR Open Letter
    19 KB

    16 Oct 2014
    Industry Open Letter - Volume and Procurement
    21 KB

  • Service Overview Documents

  • 02 Nov 2015
    SBR 2016-17 Overview
    222 KB

    29 Oct 2015
    DSBR User Guide for DSBR providers 2015-16
    912 KB

    02 Mar 2015
    DSBR Service Overview v5_0 15-16 TR2
    344 KB

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      Title:  DSBR Tender Documentation
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      Potential service providers are invited to tender for the provision of DSBR in accordance with the documentation on this page.
       
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      Potential service providers are invited to tender for the provision of DSBR in accordance with the documentation on this page.

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      Title:  SBR Tender Documentation
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      Potential service providers are invited to tender for the provision of SBR in accordance with the documentation on this page.
       
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      Potential service providers are invited to tender for the provision of SBR in accordance with the documentation on this page.

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      Title:  DSBR and SBR Operational Information
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      This page contains operational information about the dispatch of Contingency Balancing Reserve products.
       
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      This page contains operational information about the dispatch of Contingency Balancing Reserve products.

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      Title:  DSBR Settlement
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      This page contains information relating to the settlement of the DSBR service.
       
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      This page contains information relating to the settlement of the DSBR service.

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      Title:  Methodologies
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      The following methodologies associated with DSBR and SBR have been produced in accordance with the NGET Licence and approved by Ofgem.
       
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      The following methodologies associated with DSBR and SBR have been produced in accordance with the NGET Licence and approved by Ofgem.

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      Title:  Archive
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      Consultation documents and responses associated with the development of DSBR and SBR.
       
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      Consultation documents and responses associated with the development of DSBR and SBR.

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      Title:  Contingency Balancing Reserve Consultation
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      Documentation relating to the consultation on the continued use of Contingency Balancing Reserve.
       
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      Documentation relating to the consultation on the continued use of Contingency Balancing Reserve.

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