Business Use Case 2

Development of an application that will serve as a Data Provider for IEGSA

This action can be carried out by third parties who are actively playing a role in the development of flexibility markets or start-ups that are aiming to become a market player. Third parties from the fields of energy service provision and other platforms aiming to be part of TSO-DSO-Consumer value chain are welcome to apply.

Requested input

The participants in the Open Call will have the opportunity to get in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms used in the IEGSA platform. That will provide an excellent base to evaluate valuable market information that could be made transparent at the moment or potentially other information that could go into proposals for regulatory amendments in order to extend the mandatory reported information in the future. The participants can benefit from the opportunity to develop business models and pilot platforms that can exploit the transparency information for flexibility markets.

As flexibility markets improve and become an important part of the energy markets, more information is expected to become available and its accessibility should be ensured to all market players in a transparent manner. In order to achieve that, there is a need to specify these requirements from the perspective of all market players in addition to NRAs.

As an added benefit, the enhancement of market transparency will help other external market players to better position themselves in the market. Therefore, the focus of this Business Use Case is to provide a comprehensive frame for available dataset, indicating the regions that are in need of flexibility products and hence, this will create new business opportunities for flexibility system providers.

Specification of the requirements for transparency of flexibility markets shall take into account all the participants within the market. This should include system operators, flexibility service providers, consumer/prosumer groups, market operators, energy platforms and etc. Workshops and surveys may be facilitated among such players, if needed. By having a more transparent flexibility market, the following benefits can be achieved:

  • More flexibility service providers may be attracted and trigger more investments. This will result in a more efficient and well-functioning market;
  • Market players will better value their services;
  • Attracting more players will increase reliability and security of supply;
  • Providing investment signals where there is a need for increased flexibility capacity;
  • Efficient congestion management can defer the need for grid enhancements;
  • Having more efficient, liquid and competitive flexibility markets.

In order to achieve the benefits listed above the participants in the Open Call are requested to investigate business case for developing new solutions which may include the following:

  • Analyze current developments and transparency needs of already operating flexibility platforms in order to define common datasets that will serve to improve transparency for flexibility market participants;
  • Develop and build prototypes (platforms/systems/modules/applications/extensions) that serve as pilots for providing transparency data for flexibility markets;

Open Call participants are encouraged to propose solutions that address as many datasets with added value for the flexibility markets as possible. Transparency Platform is a regulated platform and data is published according to legal obligations. Therefore, data for flexibility markets will be published on Transparency Platform after a regulatory framework is constituted. However, in order to improve IEGSA’s capabilities a new application/tool/service can be developed to serve as a data provider for IEGSA.

IEGSA as a Data Provider

IEGSA proposed architecture bundles for the operation of multiple actors such as System Operators, Balance Service Providers, Market Operators enabling the coordination among them. Several data exchange activities are performed within IEGSA utilizing CIM compliant formats. Consequently, the proposed toolbox shall be responsible to collect, process, extract and publish in the necessary data formats -following all the necessary procedures defined by the Manual of Procedures- at TP. Uploading such new information on the TP, as prospective legislation will address, can be of significant importance attracting more Flexibility Service Providers.

Meeting the Data Providers

In accordance with Article 4(1) of the Transparency Regulation, primary owners of data should normally submit their data to their TSOs in a manner that allows TSOs to process and deliver the data to the ENTSO-E TP. However, TSO’s may delegate this activity to third parties which requires prior agreement and assessment of the third party from technical and operational point of view. Therefore, data providers can be grouped under the following categories:

  • TSOs
  • Exchange Offices
  • Auction Offices
  • Other (Platforms dedicated for reserve exchanges, etc.)

(In the case with INTERRFACE, Flexibility Register Module can be a candidate for data provision)

Data Submission Channels

Data providers should be compatible with the standardized way and format of data communication defined by Manual of Procedures (MoP) that can be found here: https://www.entsoe.eu/data/transparency-platform/mop/

Manual of Procedures

Data providers can use the following channels for data upload to platform:

  • Manual uploads
  • ECP
  • Web Service
  • FTPS

In order to be able to submit data to platform, necessary settings and rights are provided to data providers by the administrator of Transparency Platform.

The participants in the Open Call are requested to investigate this business case for developing new solutions which may include the following:

  • Analyze current developments and transparency needs of already operating flexibility platforms in order to define common datasets that will serve to improve transparency for flexibility market participants;
  • Develop and build prototypes (platforms/systems/modules/applications/extensions) that serve as pilots for providing transparency data for flexibility markets;
  • Design and develop a platform that can serve as a Data Provider of the IEGSA – The proposed solution should accept raw data that is extracted and provided by IEGSA, transform and aggregate it based on specific criteria and be flexible enough in order to submit data in a structure that will be defined at a later stage when the Transparency Platform becomes ready to accommodate the flexibility datasets both from regulatory and IT perspectives. Moreover, the proposed solutions should be able to work with CIM compliant profiles or custom profiles that are CIM based and should be able to report to the ENTSO-E Transparency Platform using one or more of the standard communication channels acceptable.
  • Open Call participants are encouraged to propose solutions that address as many datasets with added value for the flexibility markets as possible. Some examples of possible datasets are given below:
Data itemDescription
1. Distributed energy resourcesInformation on installed generating capacity of assets connected at distribution level
– Nominal capacity
– Type of generation technology
– Voltage level
2. Demand-responsive assetsTotal capacity of prequalified demand-responsive units per voltage level for each reserve market (FCR, aFRR, mFRR, RR)
3. Distributed flexibilitiesTotal capacity of prequalified generation units connected at distribution level for each reserve market (FCR, aFRR, mFRR, RR)
4. Residential photovoltaic productionInformation on small-scale PV systems (< 1MW)
– Aggregated actual generation in bidding zone
– Day-ahead forecasts
5. Demand bids in balancingAggregated volumes and average prices of activated demand bids in FCR, aFRR, mFRR and RR
6. Curtailment of renewable productionAggregated volumes of requested dispatch down of renewable energy prouction per type of generation (PV, wind) and per voltage level

Demo area

The proposed business use case address transparency of flexibility markets for the INTERRFACE on general level and improve IEGSA’s capabilities to serve as a data provider for TP when a regulatory framework is constituted.

Important information for applicants

Data providers should be compatible with the standardized way and format of data communication defined by Manuel of Procedures (MoP) which can be found here: https://www.entsoe.eu/data/transparency-platform/mop/

Added value on INTERRFACE project

The liberalization process of the electricity market in European Union brought up, among other things, new requirements related to the market transparency as the competitive pan-European electricity market cannot work efficiently without its participants having access to all information relevant for their decision-making.

Transparency is essential for the creation of efficient, liquid and competitive energy markets. It is also critical for creating a level playing field between market participants and avoiding the scope for market power (if it exists) to be abused. Market transparency enables the provision of the required electricity market information for the future and further facilitates the development of efficient and competitive energy markets across Europe.

One of the most crucial part of the market transparency requirement is the data publication. This requirement is addressed by the EU regulation, (EU) No 5 43/2013 of 14 June 2013 on submission and publication of data in electricity markets. Through this regulation, it has become mandatory for European Member State data providers and owners to submit fundamental information through the ENTSO-E Transparency Platform (TP).

Incorporation of Third Parties in particular for end-users flexibility

The proposed functionality aims to bring the capability to IEGSA to feed the TP with new data related to the grid flexibility needs. This consequently may attract more aggregators and generally Balance Service Providers due to the comprehensive provided data that can be available via TP. End-users’ (of all levels) participation is meant to be promoted due to the increasing interest of aggregators for the provision of ancillary services.