So far it is not possible to estimate the future impact and business models of Blockchain technology. On March 30 2017 two EXXETA colleagues traveled to Frankfurt/ Main to attend the BDEW Forum “Blockchain – an opportunity for the energy industry” to discuss with other participants on viable business models with the Blockchain technology in the energy industry.
+++ Gas Transmission System Operators (TSOs) of the Southern
Corridor Region publish the third edition of their Gas Regional Investment Plan. +++
A driving force among our customers is not only the issues of digitization and cloud computing, but also IT security. Above all in the energy sector, specific requirements in terms of IT security are becoming increasingly important. Its origin is justified by the IT Security Act, which entered into force on 25th July 2015.
Constant and rapid change places new challenges to companies in the energy industry every day. External influences, such as changing customer needs, new and regulatory requirements or new data formats are only a small fraction of the reasons for these challenges. Therefore, the IT infrastructure and the application landscape are growing to a complex structure making efficient enhancements more difficult. In the early stages of an IT project, it is crucial to prepare a good basis for successful project implementation.
E-Point is a digital marketplace for buying, selling, exchanging and sharing energy and services. The target groups of this innovative and interactive platform are public utility companies, redistributors and industrial customers.
In the first part of our report on blockchain, we claimed that the blockchain is an innovative technology that allows users to perform direct, fast, and forgery-proof transactions. While there are already some wellknown commercial applications in the financial sector, the use of Blockchains in other sectors, such as energy has so far been limited to a few pilot projects.
Blockchain technology experienced an explosive attention rise in 2016 and was placed by IT experts at the top of the trend curve, the so-called peak of inflated expectations. Analysts from Gartner Inc. are confident that the Blockchain technology is not just a hype but promises numerous potential applications for the future. Can this technology meet indeed these high expectations? At the moment, companies from different sectors are wondering whether it is worth to invest in this trend.
The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW) is the most important lobby group representing the interests of energy companies to policymakers and the general public in Germany. This year’s BDEW Congress adopted the theme of “Change: new ideas, new formats”.
20 years ago the EU decided to create a free energy market in order to make cross-border trading of electricity and gas easier, more transparent and more efficient. This was a mission that required common rules.
On 1 June 2016, the German Federal Cabinet has adopted an amendment of the Incentive Regulation. The amendment should guarantee a more efficient and secure energy infrastructure. But therefore, the system operators are challenging high requirements for transparency and publishing of data.