Energy data exchange pilots in Europe


Experience with Estonia TSO Elering’s Energy Data Access pilot programme suggests there is a need for a pan-European data access solution.

However, such a solution might embody many platforms and standards of data formats and exchange, which have to be interoperable and agreed on.

The programme was organised during 2020 by Elering, Estonia’s electricity and gas transmission system operator, with the support of other regional grid operators.

Ten solution providers were selected out of an entry of 23 applications to pilot novel energy services drawing on metering data via its Estfeed data exchange platform. Out of these, eight pilots completed the programme, with three withdrawals due to business commitments and one late addition to the line-up.

Have you read?
How to use metering data beyond billing to create value
Energy disaggregation to empower utilities and their customers
Europe’s evolving energy marketplaces must be open – review
Ed’s note: Our ‘made in Europe’ smart meter epos

These eight companies, all but one startups, were re.alto energy, FlexiDAO, WePower, Elertis, DEXMA, R8 Technologies, Siemens Energy and Becour.

“For energy companies, access to metering data provides the foundation for innovative and smart solutions and new business models, which widens the alternatives offered to the consumer and, through it, also better pricing,” says Taavi Veskimägi, CEO of Elering.

The aim of the pilots was to develop and test the Estfeed platform and energy services that want to use residential and business metering data from different countries to expand those services to those new markets.

Goals were to understand what businesses and services need energy data and to get input for developing secure and reliable energy data access for Europe together with other regional grid operators.

Among the findings is the need for harmonised standard(s) for data formats, access and exchange and authentication solutions. Security, trust and non-repudiation has to be ensured and public key infrastructure and encryption tools and regulations have to be in place.

Metering points must be identified to ensure user consent but consent management systems should allow for automated data exchange and data processing.

Other sources of data in addition to metering data also needs to be easily integrated.

Solutions are most likely to be cloud-based in order to simplify integration and allow for scaling of business.

Elering and other European grid operators are in the process of establishing a European energy data access alliance, the Data Bridge Alliance, with the aim of harmonising energy metering data access throughout Europe.