Competitions File

This article outlines the data requirements of the System Operator 'Competition' file. This article was last updated in April 2021 and refers to version 2.09 of the Competition Upload Template.

There are three sheets to the file, each are required to be completed in order to create competitions on Piclo.

Competitions

The first sheet in the file is used to set the structure of the competitions to be run on Piclo, for example, if it's an Auction or Fixed price competition and if the payment structure is just Utilisation only or both Availability and Utilisation. It is advisable to use a naming convention for the Competition Ref, as they can't be re-used and are the unique identifier for all data associated to a competition.

Title Description Example
Competition Ref
The unique identifier for this competition. 
LND_W/20
DPS Ref
The unique reference for the DPS with which the competition is associated. SO_DPS_20-25
Competition Name
The human-readable name given to this area.
London South West 
Area Buffer The furthest distance (in km) that an asset can be from the displayed border of the competition in order to prequalify. 0.5
Contact The email address that can receive communications from people in regards to questions they might have around this area. so@systemoperator.com
Qualification Open Date and time at which the advert for this competition will go live on Piclo. This is required for visibility-only competitions. Dates should be entered in UTC time. 2020-01-01 09:00
Qualification Close Date and time by which an asset must be registered to be eligible for the auction. This is required for visibility-only competitions. Dates should be entered in UTC time. 2020-10-01 13:00
Minimum Connection Voltage Minimum voltage level an Asset can be connected at to provide services. 11
Maximum Connection Voltage Maximum voltage level an Asset can be connected at to provide services. 33
Power Type The type of power service that this competition is for. Active Power
Need Type The reason for the flexibility requirement. Restore
Need Direction The required form of flexibility. Deficit
Product Type The branded names defined by GB DSOs to describe service products being procured. Secure
Competition Open Date and time at which the competition opens and bidding begins. Dates should be entered in UTC time. 2020-11-01 09:00
Competition Close Date and time at which the competition closes and no more bids can be made. Dates should be entered in UTC time. 2020-12-01 13:00
Archive Date Date and time at which the competition archives and is no longer visible on the map. Dates should be entered in UTC time. If no date is entered, it will default to 7 days post competition close. 2021-01-01 09:00
Competition Type Mechanism by which bids are received for this auction. Not required for visibility-only competitions. Availability & Utilisation
Fixed Price Competition Determines whether the prices paid by Flex Providers are fixed or part of the bid. FALSE
Minimum Budget The minimum value of the budget assigned to this competition (including all service windows). 1,300
Maximum Budget The maximum value of the budget assigned to this competition (including all service windows). 2,500
Availability Guide Price The guide price for Availability the market can use when determining their pricing strategy for a competition. Units are assigned according to Power Type. 10
Utilisation Guide Price The guide price for Utilisation the market can use when determining their pricing strategy for a competition. Units are assigned according to Power Type. 500
Service Fee The annual fee paid for capacity as per the System Operator's payment structure. 4,700
Competition Boundaries

The second sheet is how one assigns a bounding area to the competition. There are multiple methods, the most accurate of which is pre-loading area information via a GeoPackage file. Read about how to pre-load boundary data in the GeoPackage file.

Title Description Example
Competition Ref The reference for the competition that this boundary should be attached to. LND_W/20
Postcodes Set of postcodes or postcode sectors comprising the competition bounding area if co-ordinates not provided. Postcodes and postcode sectors are defined as e.g.:
Postcode = 'EC3 8AB'
Postcode sector = 'EC3 8'
It MUST contain a space (e.g. 'EC38' is no good).
AL4 1, AL4 2, AL4 3           
Area Refs Comma delimited list of Area Refs. These correspond to previously uploaded "area" data. You can combine uploaded areas into one competition boundary. Do not use Area Refs with a Bounding box input. substation_zone_1, substation_zone_2
Bounding box Set of longitude/latitude coordinates that defines a feeding area. 1.03 51.3, 1.0015 51.4, 1.001 51.43, 1.02 51.4, 1.03 51.3 
Service Windows

The third sheet allows the description of service windows against the competition. These tell the market exactly when the flexibility services are required. Service windows are nested within service periods e.g. The service period called 'Summer 2021' (from 1st April 2021 until 30th September 2021) can have a weekday morning window of 9am-11am Monday-Friday and a weekday evening window 6pm-10pm. There is no limit to the number of service periods or windows a competition can have.

Title Description Example
Competition Ref The competition reference for this service window. LND_W/20
Service Period Name Name of the service period visible to Flex Providers. Must be unique for the competition it is against. Year 2020
Service Period Start The start date of the service period. 2021-01-01
Service Period End The EXCLUSIVE end date of the service period. E.g. For the period of Jan 2018, end date will be 2018-02-01. 2022-01-01
Service Window Name Name of the Service Window visible to Flex Providers. Must be unique for the competition and period it is against. Weekday Evening
Service Window Start Start time of the day for the flex required. If the window length is all day, enter 00:00. 07:00:00
Service Window End End time of the day for the flex required. If the window is all day, enter 00:00. 19:00:00
Service Days What days of the week the flexibility is required for. Write out all applicable weekdays in a comma separated list. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Public Holiday Handling Designation of public holidays to be included or excluded from service days for the purpose of calculating available hours across the service window.
Default behaviour is for a public holiday to be treated as a regular day. This field can be used to optionally exclude public holidays falling on a service day from being treated as such (by selecting exclude). Alternatively, public holidays can be automatically treated as a service day (by selecting include). For default behaviour, leave the field blank.
Exclude
Capacity Required How many MW or MVAr are required in that particular window. Unit is defined by competition Power Type. Limit to 3 decimal places. 10
Minimum Aggregate Asset Size The minimum total aggregate capacity of a group of assets that can qualify for bidding (in MW or MVar). 0.1
Minimum Run Time Minimum time in minutes required of the asset to provide flexibility. Leave blank to require continuous/constant operation. 00:10:00
Required Response Time Time within which an asset must respond to a utilisation request. 00:10:00
Dispatch Estimate The estimated number of dispatch events expected during the service period of this service window. 10
Dispatch Duration The estimated duration of each dispatch event. 01:00:00
Fixed Availability Price Amount paid to Flex Providers to be available in the case of a Fixed Price Competition (£/MW/h or £/MAr/h). 100
Fixed Utilisation Price Amount paid to Flex Providers when flexibility is utilised in the case of a Fixed Price Competition (£/MWh or £/MVArh).
300
Fixed Service Fee Amount paid to Flex Providers for capacity in a Fixed Price Service FEE
Fixed data input fields

With in the competition sheet of this file there are a number of fixed data inputs. The below list describes the current options available. If additional options are required, these can be requested via your account manager. 

  • Power Type 
    • Active Power
    • Reactive Power
  • Need Type
    • Post Fault
    • Pre Fault
    • Reinforcement Deferral
    • Compliance
    • Other
  • Need Direction
    • Deficit (Active Power)
    • Excess (Active Power)
    • Import (Reactive Power)
    • Export (Reactive Power)
  • Product Type
    • Sustain
    • Secure
    • Dynamic
    • Restore
  • Connection kV
    • 0.24
    • 0.4
    • 6.6
    • 11
    • 22
    • 33
    • 66
    • 132
  • Competition Type
    • Availability & Utilisation
    • Utilisation
    • Capacity (in development)
  • Fixed Price Competition
    • True
    • False
  • Public Holiday Handling
    • Include
    • Exclude
    • (Default is Ignore)

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