Minister launches portal offering open energy data
The Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, opens Energinet’s new portal for energy data: Energy Data Service. The portal makes it easier for entrepreneurs, researchers and companies to use energy data for new services and business models, to the benefit of society and the green transition.
Energinet is operator and origin for high volume energy system data and knowledge. This is being made readily available to all from today, Saturday 17 June 2017, when Energinet opens its new Energy Data Service.
Energinet will give users easy, machine-to-machine access to its extensive energy data:
“For the data to really benefit society, it is not enough that it can be downloaded manually. It must be made available in a form that allows it to be automatically included in products and services. In that way, our energy consumption can be smarter and more advanced in the future electricity system,” explains Peder Ø. Andreasen, President and CEO of Energinet.
Energy Data Service gives users API (Application Programming Interface) access to all datasets on the portal. This machine-to-machine exchange of data is essential to the streamlined use of data in applications and services.
Enabling innovative apps and smart data services
The first version of Energy Data Service contains CO2 signals, data from the electricity market, as well as consumption and production data. This is only the beginning; from now on Energinet will regularly release more datasets.
“Energy Data Service sets our energy data free. The open and machine-readable data makes it easier for software developers to use energy data in products and services. Services that will benefit citizens and companies and provide entrepreneurs with new ways to make money,” says Peder Ø. Andreasen.
The Energy Data Service has been designed to ensure transparency and ease-of-use. It makes it easy for users to find data, understand the content of the data and get support.
Benefits of Energy Data Service
The future energy system will demand increasing flexibility in both energy consumption and production.
For example, the greater proportion of wind turbines, solar cells and electric vehicles in the grid, will increase expectations of being able to use electricity as an active and flexible consumer, explains Hanne Storm Edlefsen, head of Business Support and Development.
“Data from Energy Data Service – such as electricity prices and carbon emissions – can enable consumers to lower their electricity bill or carbon footprint,” she says.
Energy Data Service can thereby contribute to a cost-effective green transition, where we use energy as efficiently as possible, to the benefit of consumers and the climate.
Energy Data Service used co-creation
Energy Data Service was developed in cooperation with the portals future users: researchers, entrepreneurs and enterprises. They have been involved from the outset, and have influenced Energinet’s priorities and choice of functions and data.
“We really appreciate the input we’ve received and it has definitely had a positive effect on the outcome. This cooperation is continuing even after the platform has gone live. This is just the first version of Energy Data Service. We will continue to listen to users’ needs and regularly improve the quality of the portal,” says Hanne Storm Edlefsen.
Lars Christian Lilleholt, the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, and Peder Ø Andreasen, CEO of Energinet, officially opened the data service on Saturday 17 June 2017 at a reception in Energinet’s tent at the Political Festival (Folkemødet) on Bornholm.
Facts: What does the first version of Energy Data Service offer?
- API access to data – the machine-to-machine exchange of data essential to the use of data in applications and services
- Data downloads in standard formats
- Guides to help users find the right data
- Descriptions of data, datasets and any data correlations
- Online forum for knowledge sharing
- CO2 data from electricity production
- Data about trading and prices from the day-ahead and regulating power markets
- Aggregated consumption and production data, and electricity imports and exports