Dispatch Transparency

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This dataset is a component of the Forward Plan 2020-21 commitment to increase the transparency of our operational decision making in the Balancing Mechanism (BM). It includes the publication of actions taken in the BM, reasons for them and includes a methodology document for the process.

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Dispatch Transparency Methodology

Updated with paragraph to describe the Excluded Alternative BODs - Jan 2022.


BOA Dispatch Category Chart

Trend graph of the number of BOAs issued per day and main categorisation of each BOA.


Potential Alternatives

List of potential alternative actions compared to issued BOAs. Defines the alternative actions and provides reasons why these actions may not have been taken by the control room.


All BOAs

Detailed list of all BOAs issued by the control room.

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