Data access platforms to facilitate data driven services


Data Access Platforms to facilitate data driven services

19 June 2018, from 11:00 to 12:30  

European Commission. Brussels 


Digital technologies are actively contributing to reshape the Energy future in Europe, for instance smart meters, allow for collection and processing of data of unprecedented granularity and quality. Given the variable nature of the renewable sources of energy, access to data rises up to one of the major factors that allow keeping the electricity system in balance. Access to and free circulation of data becomes then one of the pillars of the energy transition. 

Abundance of data also represents a great opportunity on both the supply side, by monitoring and optimising its assets and reducing operational costs, as for the demand side by reducing energy bills for citizens and enterprises, through energy efficiencymeasures and the participation in mechanisms of flexible demand, but to engage consumers in this process. The first step is to provide consumers with access to their own energy usage data.  

This new policy steam, supported by numerous consumer advocacy groups, industry and environmentalists, is expected to bring various benefits, starting with energy savings, enabling new types of services and facilitating electricity generation by consumers.  

The success of this trend depends upon the utility’s information technology systems performing at a high level – both back-end functions (e.g. real-time reliable data delivery) and front-end functions (e.g. user experience). In a more and more decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised energy system, consumers realize more and more on how important data is for understanding, tracking and measuring things today, and therefore how important data access is. 

Operational Digital Platforms are needed to host the flow and storage of energy data, as well as for processing and analysing these data. For instance, a renewable energy availability platform would collect data on the forecast of renewable energy generation across the EU and provide predictive information on renewable energy availability to generators, TSOs, DSOs, aggregators, and other energy market players. It would enable better information flows about energy resource availability and would result in a more efficient use of energy resources and interconnection capacity across EU borders.

These operational digital platforms can be physically implemented and/or virtually implemented via cloud computing following Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business models. 

There is a number of business models that are based on those trends. Taking full advantage of existing synergies between digital and energy, the session should explore its positive sides and potential shortcomings in order to discuss the implementation of related provisions in the clean Energy package; as well as assess their scalability potential and opportunities for inclusive energy transition they might represent.  

This workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • The legal basis of data access and services in the Clean Energy package
  • How Data Access is enabling new opportunities and benefits to consumers and utilities. 
  • What are the experiences and expectations of Operational Digital Platforms for energy services.
  • What guidelines and indicators can help regulators to ensure that consumer's digital expectations are met in a secure and safe way


A G E N D A 



Data Access Platforms to facilitate data driven services


Welcome and introduction to the session

Manuel Sánchez Jiménez. Team Leader for Smart Grids. European Commission, DG ENER


Invited Speaker

Constantina Filiou. Policy Officer, Smart Grids Team. European Commission, DG ENER


Panel discussion

Moderator: Manuel Sánchez. European Commission, DG ENER


  • Eleonora Bettenzoli. Deputy Director of Retail Market Directorate at ARERA and Member of the CEER Distribution Systems Working Group
  • Jérôme Le Page. Director, European Electricity Markets Energy Trader
  • Georg Rute,Head of the smart grid unit and digital development manager, Elering AS
  • Miguel Gaspar Silva. Global IBU Utilities Head, SAP SE 
  • Manuel Serrano. Head of New Technologies. Coordinator of the CROSSBOW project, ETRA I+D (CROSSBOW project)


Closing remarks:

Antonio Sánchez. Policy Officer. European Commission, DG CNECT


Contact:          Manuel Sánchez Jiménez. Team Leader for Smart Grids,


Team Leader for Smart Grids
European Commission. DG ENER
Deputy Director of Retail Market Directorate – Member of the CEER Distribution Systems Working Group
Autorità per l'energia elettrica il gas e il sisema idrico” (ARERA)
Policy Officer
European Commission. DG CNECT
Policy Officer - Smart Grids
European Commission. DG ENER
Director for European Electricity Markets
EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders
Head of the smart grid unit and digital development manager
Elering AS
Global IBU Utilities Head
Head of New Technologies. Coordinator of the CROSSBOW project