The forthcoming energy transition with the dramatic increase in the decentralized energy production, the increase of renewables penetration, the demand response and the increased involvement of the customers brings along new challenges for the producers, operators and service providers in the field. Data management is a key point in addressing those challenges, and as such the main players have initiated work towards the identification of the forthcoming data needs.
Recently the TSO-DSO Data Management Report has been delivered by an expert team composed by CEDEC, ENDSO for Smart Grids, ENTSO-E, EURELECTRIC and GEODE (representing the European energy production, transmission and distribution actors) aiming to provide EC with commonly accepted recommendations and criteria for data exchange and management supporting the forthcoming “Market Design and Renewables Package”.
Of special interest, in connection to the exploitation of the new IT technologies in the field of big data management is that the TSO-DSO Data Management Report address the required common principles, upon which specific IT solutions will be based. The report addresses the shared key principles on data management, data management models, rules for access and data collection, and principles related to format, protocol, security and confidentiality. Most importantly, in the report, five use cases have been examined for the purpose of clarification of the data management and exchange requirements in view of the forthcoming energy transition. These use cases regard energy congestion management, electricity balancing, use of flexibility, real time control and supervision and network planning. The report concludes to recommendations, mainly addressed to EC.
The The Digital Energy System 4.0 (ETP SmartGrids) report includes an extensive presentation of use cases dealing with new IT advances in the field of energy system operation. The use cases address forecasting in energy generation, the network planning and operation, the retailer and aggregator operation, customer participation in the market, electricity balancing, the integration of EV and storage and new market platforms.
The above reports give a quite clear picture of the future IT challenges in the field of energy and comprise a useful source of information for the identification of requirements for the needed data management tools, thus enabling the tailoring of BDE platform for its future application.
 The Digital Energy System 4.0, ETP SmartGrids (http://www.smartgrids.eu/documents/ETP%20SG%20Digital%20Energy%20System%204.0%202016.pdf)
 TSO-DSO Data Management Report, CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, ENTSO-e,EURELECTRIC & GEODE (http://www.edsoforsmartgrids.eu/wp-content/uploads/TSO-DSO_Data-management-Report.pdf)