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Central data hub to simplify Norway’s electricity market

Steve Rogerson
May 12, 2015
 
Statnett, Norway’s transmission system operator, is installing a central data hub designed to simplify the country’s electricity market by improving cost and process efficiency, as well as transparency of customer data.
 
To better support Norway’s transition to smart meters by 2019, Statnett requires a centralised and flexible method to connect network operators seamlessly with retailers and facilitate the creation of new products and services. Statnett also wants to simplify the supplier switching process for customers, provide customers with more transparency on data use, and boost competition in the market.
 
Dublin-based management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company Accenture has been selected to develop, maintain and operate the system.
 
“The central data hub will be a critical part of Norway’s electricity infrastructure and will significantly improve and simplify the market processes so that customers can benefit from a more efficient and transparent system,” said Tor Bjarne Heiberg, project director from Statnett. “We selected Accenture to manage this implementation based on its experience in applying digital technologies through complex system integrations and the combination of its strong local presence and alliances with leading vendors.”
 
Accenture will design a fully digital and automated system with inherent flexibility to accommodate future changes. It will use the Siemens EnergyIP grid application platform to enable seamless meter data management and market transaction management, Oracle Service Oriented Architecture Suite to manage the orchestration of business and market processes, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite to enable more robust and simplified reporting, and Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to manage large data volumes.
 
Stephanie Jamison, managing director of Accenture smart grid services, said: “This will position Statnett and the Norwegian electricity sector at the forefront of digital innovation in the utilities industry, eliminating manual processes, enabling better decision making based on real-time data analytics and opening the door for more competition.”
 
To deliver the project, Accenture will work with local partners ESmart Systems and Basefarm, as well as with Omnetric Group, the Siemens Accenture joint venture dedicated to the utilities sector. The central data hub should be in operation by February 2017.
 
“Helping utilities better understand and use their operations data through effective integration with their IT systems is at the heart of what we do,” said Maikel van Verseveld, chief executive officer of Omnetric Group. “Combining deep knowledge and experience of the Siemens EnergyIP platform, we will enable a timely delivery and smooth transition for Statnett to the new digital solution.”