Electricity Generation

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 25th May 2016.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee, Chair, European Scrutiny Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will publish the information her Department holds on the (a) process, (b) criteria and (c) guidance followed by the National Grid to deliver (i) supplementary balancing reserve and (ii) black start ancillary services contracts for the next 12 months; and what analysis was taken in advance to inform that delivery.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

These services are a matter for National Grid, and the appropriate documentation is published on their website. The contingency balancing methodologies are available here:


These documents also include National Grid’s analysis.

And information on the procurement of the Black Start Service is published here:


National Grid have not published their analysis of this as it is commercially confidential.

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