Response on extending MSC and BAT
Ofgem published their decision to extend the Market Stabilisation Charge and the Ban on Acquisition-Only Tariffs (BAT) until March 2023 in August last year. However, in light of feedback on this decision, they opened a consultation in November, which proposes that the MSC and BAT are extended until March 2024, with a decision expected in February 2023.
As such, we provided the below response.
Supplier obligations regarding the Market Stabilisation Charge (MSC) were formalised into the REC through REC Change Proposals R0034 and R0035 in April and June 2022 respectively. The responsibilities of RECCo in administering the Market Stabilisation Charge, as well as those of impacted parties, are now set out in Schedule 22 of the REC. We have a flexible procurement strategy and have already made provision for an extension of the scheme beyond the initially identified March 2023 end date. We can therefore confirm that the extension of the MSC as proposed in this consultation poses no operational issues for RECCo.
Since Ofgem announced its intention to implement the MSC measure and throughout our development and mobilisation of the operational process, we have consulted with relevant stakeholders and informed them of how they will be impacted. We have continued to provide this support, including renewed efforts to raise awareness through channels such as webinars, newsletters and published guidance documents since the MSC was first triggered in November. We will continue to provide such support as long as the MSC remains in effect.
Read our feedback to the consultation questions in full here.