Competition Qualification

Flexible service providers (FSPs) with qualifying assets must complete the competition qualification stage to ensure that their intentions are known by the relevant system operator (SO). 

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Competition Qualification

FSPs who have assets which have been automatically qualified by Piclo,  need to confirm entry or withdraw from each qualifying competition in order to complete the qualification process, and then be eligible to bid. Confirming competition entry sends a signal to the SO that you intend to bid. 

    There have been additional changes to the asset checks that Piclo do before you can confirm entry into a competition. From August 2022, you will be required to ensure your asset data is compete before you are able to confirm entry into a competition. These changes are detailed within section 2 of the ineligible status below.

There are four statuses possible within competition qualification, detailed below: 

  • Entered - an FSP confirms they intend to bid into a competition(s).
  • Withdraw - an FSP is withdrawing from a competition(s).
  • Unknown - this is the default status if neither of the above two choices are saved.
  • Ineligible - this is the state when the asset data isn't complete or the assets don't collectively meet the required aggregate capacity.

How to Complete Competition Qualification:

  1. Go to Manage > Qualification. 
  2. A list will appear of all competitions in which you have automatically qualified assets. 
  3. Select the checkbox to the left of a competition, the ‘Withdraw’ and ‘Confirm entry’ buttons at the bottom of the page will then be available to select. Choose the correct button to complete the 'confirm entry status' process.   
  4. Please note that there is the option to ‘Select/Deselect all’ competitions, should you wish to confirm entry to, or withdraw from, all of the competitions at the same time. 
  5. Once the decision has been confirmed, the ‘entry status’ for each competition will be updated to either ‘Entered’ or ‘Withdrawn’. If no decision has been confirmed for a competition, its status will remain as 'Undecided' (these three statuses can be seen highlighted in the screenshot below).
  6. The entry status can be updated at any time before the qualification closes.Important things to note:

  • You must confirm entry to, or withdraw from, a competition before the competition qualification closes.
  • If you do not confirm entry to, or withdraw from, a competition, you will not be able to continue with the competition process.

Ineligible Status

In some cases, an entry status of 'Ineligible' may appear. This is due to one of the following:

1. Aggregated assets do not meet the competition's minimum capacity.

  • The 'meet required aggregate' column will indicate what the minimum capacity an aggregated group of assets must provide.
  • Should you still wish to participate in the competition, sufficient qualifying assets would need to be added to meet the aggregated capacity requirement.
  • To check your current qualifying assets associated with a competition(s), the 'view qualifying assets' file can be downloaded. 

2. Asset data is not complete.

  • Assets that have been automatically qualified by Piclo for a given competition must have a compete set of data before they can be confirmed to enter a competition. The 'Asset data completed' column will indicate whether or not asset data is complete, by using a 'Yes' or 'No' status.
  • Should you wish to participate in a competition, you can navigate to the 'Complete asset data' page and download a file showing all the relevant assets and the fields that must be completed in order to confirm entry to a competition. 

What Happens after Competition Qualification?

  • SOs will review all of the qualifying assets and change their qualification status depending on other circumstances or faction - for example, if you've missed a submission deadline or your asset location is incompatible. You will be made aware if your assets' qualification status has changed.
  • Piclo will contact you if the SO needs any additional information about your assets that is not currently captured on Piclo Flex. 
  • Monitor the asset qualification status as it might change before bidding opens.

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