The “Energy Data Exchange (EDA)” project constitutes uniform technology which was implemented for all market participants in the energy sector, beginning in 2012. Since that time, communication via EDA has been implemented without any outages in line with the general ebXML standard (in future: AS4). EDA supports all market participants regardless of their size.
Below is a timeline of the processes introduced to-date:
History of Energy Data Exchange
Innovative individuals in the field of electricity distribution system operators first developed the idea for a uniform, decentrally organised, electronic data exchange for the Austrian electricity and gas sector. This initiative resulted in the creation of the Energy Data Exchange Working Group, whose German acronym is ARGE EDA, on 15.11.2012. The founding members were the nine provincial distribution system operators, four municipal distribution system operators and the Association of Austrian Electricity Utilities ([German acronym:] VÖEW).
Ponton GmbH, a company with a high level of technical expertise and reliability, was chosen as the partner for implementation and technical operation of the Energy Data Exchange from the very outset. The EDA infrastructure went live in July 2013. At that time, 90% of market participants were already connected.
2014 – 2016
Connection of further energy utilities to the data infrastructure, such that by 2016, almost 100% of the system operators and energy suppliers were connected to EDA. In 2016, the Austrian implementation of market communications also attracted the attention of the European Commission (EC), when EC staff saw in person how the EDA infrastructure was functioning and experienced in real time in Vienna how the EC’s objectives might be implemented without using a central data hub.
2017 – 2018
With the revision of the “Other Market Rules, Chapter 5”, framework conditions for market communications, E-Control Austria (SoMa 5), the EDA infrastructure for energy data exchange was enshrined in law in 2017 and it was determined that the costs were to be borne by the electricity and gas system operators. Since 2018, the data has been reported to the regulator via EDA. This period also saw the expansion of ARGE EDA to include the transmission system operator for electricity and the market area manager for gas. Thus, ARGE EDA covered both the transmission and the distribution network areas as a controlling body for the electricity and gas sectors.
2019 – 2020
The upcoming developments in the energy market, in particular the creation of new market roles and foreseeable decentralisation processes, led to the strategic decision by ARGE EDA to set another milestone by establishing EDA Energiewirtschaftlicher Datenaustausch GmbH (EDA GmbH). The official founding meeting took place on 20.07.2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown. EDA GmbH was initially managed by two interim managing directors. During the summer of 2020, the User Portal went live, providing an easy way to participate in the energy data exchange. At the outset, it was specifically geared to the requirements of Community Generation Facilities.
Takeover of management by newly appointed managing directors. This year was marked by the establishment of an administrative infrastructure and the transfer of operational tasks from ARGE EDA, which was liquidated at the end of the year.
Since 01.01.2022, EDA GmbH has been the service provider commissioned by system operators for the operation, hosting and implementation of the energy data exchange as well as the EDA Commissioner pursuant to E-Control Austria SoMa 5.
Mission / Vision
EDA 2030 Mission Statement
In future, the Austrian energy market will be easily accessible for all citizens and participants and will offer various new energy services. EDA is an independent and open information and service platform, enabling all market participants free access to the energy market, secure and efficient communication and standardised information exchange.
As the joint service provider for all Austrian transmission and distribution system operators for gas and electricity, we play a pioneering role internationally. All of the participants in the energy market in all market roles receive access to the data they need in standardised form. Through our services, we support and enable current and future developments on the basis of national and European legislation.
Our mission is to reliably and securely provide the energy industry with high-quality data exchange. Our task is to ensure non-discriminatory exchange of data between all participants in the energy market in accordance with the state-of-the-art, the current legal and regulatory framework and the provisions governing data protection. We also provide low-threshold access via various interfaces so that the data required for the respective business models can be exchanged in a standardised and easily accessible form. Due to the development of the energy market and the emergence of new market roles, new services are constantly required. We are facing up to this changed market environment and are well prepared for them. We transparently publish all information relevant to accessing the Energy Data Exchange.