Risk and risk management

This programme covers initiatives to promote efficient management of capacity and energy risks. This programme aligns with our increase flexibility and resilience strategy.

Current projects

  • Review of regulatory settings for Official Conservation Campaigns (OCCs)

    We are reviewing aspects of the settings for OCCs.

    Latest Activity: 29 Jan 2019 Additional stakeholder briefing

  • Normal frequency management - Strategic review

    The Authority is reviewing the arrangements for managing normal frequency. Matters to be considered include the asset owner performance obligations for generators, the proposed national market for frequency keeping, cost allocation and dispatch processes

    Latest Activity: 18 Sep 2018 Decision paper on Normal frequency management

  • Determinations of who caused under-frequency events

    Determinations of who caused under-frequency events

    Latest Activity: 6 Jul 2018 Final determination of who caused the 9 February 2018 under-frequency event

  • Hedge market development

    The hedge market development project monitors and supports industry progress on improving hedge market activity.

    Latest Activity: 26 Jun 2018 Decision paper on treatment of prudential offsets in the wholesale market

  • Review of the customer compensation scheme (CCS)

    We reviewed the customer compensation scheme (CCS) set out in Part 9 of the Code to assess whether it continues to provide appropriate signals and incentives to retailers and consumers under evolving market conditions.

    Latest Activity: 29 May 2018 Decision paper on review of two aspects of customer compensation scheme (CCS)

  • Wholesale Market Information - 13.2 Exclusions and Fuel Information Disclosure

    This project reviews the disclosure of information in the electricity market.

    Latest Activity: 29 May 2018 Decision paper on wholesale market information disclosure regime

  • Efficient procurement of extended reserve

    We are considering options to improve the way in which extended reserves are procured.

    Latest Activity: 17 Apr 2018 Extended reserve project update

  • Review of instantaneous reserve (IR) markets

    This project reviews the fast instantaneous reserve and sustained instantaneous reserve (FIR and SIR) market arrangements and products to determine whether there are alternative reserve products and procurement methods that could be brought to the market

    Latest Activity: 27 Mar 2018 Review of instantaneous reserve markets project

  • Review of Stress Test regime

    We reviewed the stress test regime, called the Spot Price Risk Disclosure requirements, which are contained in Part 13 of the Code. We want to assess whether the regime continues to provide appropriate signals and incentives to retailers and consumers

    Latest Activity: 3 Oct 2017 Decision paper on review of the stress test regime

  • Winter energy and capacity margins review 2017/2018

    Latest Activity: 27 May 2017 Development on winter energy

  • National market for instantaneous reserve

    We are progressing a project to enable instantaneous reserve to be procured in a national market.

    Latest Activity: 4 Oct 2016 Decision - charges for generating units holding dispensation

  • Normal Frequency-Generator Asset Owner Performance Obligations

    A review has been undertaken of the obligations of generation assets to support frequency under normal conditions.

    Latest Activity: 4 Dec 2014 Authority and system operator workshop

  • National market for frequency keeping

    This project has arisen, in conjunction with the Multiple Frequency Keepers (MFK) Project because the cost of frequency keeping services has increased significantly in recent years.

    Latest Activity: May 2014 WAG recommendations paper

Completed projects

Fault ride through project Outcome: Completed:
The Authority decided to amend the Code to include fault ride through standards for generating units. The enabling Code amendment came into force on 24 November 2016. 24 Nov 2016
Managing Retailer Default Situations Outcome: Completed:
The Authority has made arrangements to facilitate the orderly resolution of a default situation when an electricity retailer becomes insolvent or otherwise exits the market and is unable to supply its customers.

Ongoing failure by a retailer to pay for electricity or distribution services can lead to increasing financial losses by generators and distributors and could lead to customers becoming stranded without a retailer.
To manage this possible situation regulated arrangements for managing a retailer default became operational in July 2014. 15 Jul 2015