Currently there are eight areas where incentives are in place, these areas are:
Energy used in operating the system and other energy which can't be charged to consumers or accounted for in the measurement and allocation process.
To ensure the system is balanced (inputs & outputs), the SO undertakes balancing actions if Users of the system do not achieve a sufficient balance each day.
To assist the market to balance its supply and demand, the SO provides a quantity of forecast demand information.
In operating the system, it is necessary for the SO to vent small quantities of natural gas (greenhouse gas), principally from the operation of compression equipment used to increase pressure in the system.
To ensure the network continues to operate in a safe manner maintenance tasks are undertaken which may impact parties connected to the system.
Gas used to mange short term impacts of operational stresses (e.g. supply loss) before market response to avoid the need to declare a Gas Deficit Emergency.
Gas which remains unallocated after accounting for all measured inputs and outputs from the system.
Operational and long term forecast information provided to inform current and prospective users of the system.
Further information on the Gas System Operator Incentive schemes, including past performance is provided here