The Datahub project - towards centralised information exchange
In 2021, when a Finnish consumer changes electricity suppliers, all the necessary information will be sent between the electricity seller and distribution network company via a centralised information exchange system known as a datahub. This data is currently located in various companies' systems.
Concentrating all essential electricity use information in one place, the datahub will speed up, simplify and improve the actions of all parties. Furthermore, the centralised solution provides all parties with equal, simultaneous access to the information.
Changing suppliers, moving to a new address, and other changes affecting the consumer's electricity contract form just one case in which information needs to be exchanged. For example, imbalance settlement relating to the distribution network will be conducted in the new system.
Datahub can also process and refine information saved in it. Smart, remotely read electricity meters are widely used in Finland, and a lot of information is generated for every metering point daily. This information, as well as any mobile applications introduced in the future, can enable all-new services for electricity consumers. For example, an app could be provided with which the consumer can monitor the electricity consumption figures of both the town home and holiday home, even if these two metering points were in different parts of the country.
The datahub and smart systems also enable electricity consumers to participate in demand-side management. Demand-side management means balancing electricity production and consumption in such a manner that the use of electricity is automatically adjusted to the load of the grid. During load peaks, electrical appliances can be switched off and, correspondingly, excess production can be led to large building systems, for example.
The Datahub system providor and Go-Live
Fingrid Datahub Oy made a procurement decision on 14 June 2018 concerning the supplier of the Datahub system. CGI Finland has been chosen as the system supplier with the public procurement process accordance with procurement legislation for special sectors. According to the contract, which was concluded in July 2018, the Datahub system will be launched in April 2021.
The Datahub procurement is valued at EUR 41.9 million and consists of project delivery (€14.6 million), licences (€12.0 million) and support and maintenance services for the four years following the launch (€15.3 million).
The Datahub will respond to the key needs determined by future legislation, the sector and Fingrid. These needs relate to data processing, data protection, data security, support and maintenance, as well as synchronous electricity retail market processes. The Datahub will enable diverse data processing and further development of the retail electricity market.
The amendment to the Electricity Market Act concerning Datahub services
The amendment to the Electricity Market Act concerning the services of the centralised information exchange system for electricity market entered into force on 1 February 2019. The amendment to the Electricity Market Act related to Datahub were prepared under the leadership of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and cooperation with the electricity market organizations, companies , the Energy Authority and the TSO Fingrid Oyj.
The amendment obliges electricity suppliers and DSOs acting on the Finnish retail market to use Datahub's services. The market parties must also take the preparatory actions required to implement Datahub in accordance with the Go-Live plan for centralised information exchange services (Datahub) for electricity market and Data Migration Plan.