Denmark's Energinet launches landmark open energy data portal

The Danish supplier's new data service gives developers Application Programming Interface access to create new energy services.
Published: Wed 21 Jun 2017

Denmark’s transmission system operator Energinet has launched a new open energy data portal called the Energy Data Service. Entrepreneurs, researchers and companies now have access to energy data that will enable them to develop new services and business models that are relevant for tomorrow’s energy sector.

Peder Ø. Andreasen, President and CEO of Energinet, explains in a statement that users will be given 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 energy services. In that way, our energy consumption can be smarter and more advanced in the future electricity system.” 

Setting data free to promote innovation

Energy Data Service gives users Application Programming Interface (API) access to all datasets on the portal. The machine-to-machine exchange of data is essential to the streamlined use of data in applications and services, according to the Energinet press release.

The first version of Energy Data Service contains carbon dioxide signals, as well as data from the electricity market, consumption and production. According to Energinet, this is only the beginning as it prepares to 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 innovative apps and smart data services. Services that will benefit citizens and companies and provide entrepreneurs with new ways to make money,” says Andreasen. 

The Energy Data Service has been designed with transparency and ease-of-use in mind. The goal, according to Energinet, is to make it easier for those who are searching for data and transforming it into something that will support the transition to a ‘green’ future.

Open energy data portal - benefits

Hanne Storm Edlefsen, Head of Business Support and Development, pointed out in a statement that the future energy system demands more flexibility in energy consumption as well as generation. The increase in wind turbines, solar cells and electric vehicles on the grid is applying increased pressure on the grid, requiring more flexibility.

She adds that the data from Energy Data Service – such as electricity prices and carbon emissions – can help consumers reduce their electricity bill and carbon footprints. “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.” 

Valuable contributions to the data service

Energy Data Service was developed in cooperation with researchers, entrepreneurs and enterprises which have all 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.