New partnership tasked with modernising UK energy metadata to speed up net zero transition

Sarah Wright - Communications Coordinator Sarah Wright UKIMEA Press Office,London
14 June 2021

A partnership between Arup, global non-profit organisation Icebreaker One, and digital consultancy Hippo Digital has been commissioned by the UK Government to lead the next phase of its Energy Data Visibility Project (EDVP) to help organise and improve access to the UK’s metadata.

The project, commissioned by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will develop an innovative service that will unlock and centralise the UK’s current patchwork of energy metadata sources to improve their visibility and accuracy. The aim of the service will be to help accelerate the journey to net zero by making information more accessible to scale up renewable energy projects and enable new innovation.

Arup, Icebreaker One and Hippo are asking energy data users to tell the partnership about their needs through a short 1:1 interview, have a say in the process by joining an Advisory Group, and showcase their energy data visualisations.

There’s more information about how people from across the energy sector can get involved here. 

The EDVP aims to deliver a new service that:

  • increases the visibility of energy system metadata (a description of the attributes of a dataset), by listing metadata centrally, to an agreed standard

  • provides a mechanism for missing/closed data to be requested by energy system participants

  • provides direct access to data that is open to the user

  • allows data users to provide feedback on the quality of data

  • collects service analytics.

The EDVP project forms part of the Modernising Energy Data (MED) programmes being commissioned by BEIS, Ofgem and Innovate UK, which are leading the change towards a digital energy sector.

Poor data visibility can act as a barrier for innovation. Now more than ever, access to energy data and the ability to use it effectively is of crucial importance to supporting a net zero future. Our work with Icebreaker One and Hippo Digital will help to open up the UK’s energy data and help create a step-change towards a truly digital energy sector, making renewable energy more readily available and accessible to UK consumers and, in so doing, supporting our journey towards a more sustainable energy network. ” Simon Evans Simon Evans Global Digital Energy Leader

Gavin Starks, Founder and CEO of Icebreaker One, said:

“Modernising access to energy data will create the essential national infrastructure we need to meet our net zero targets. We’re creating new services to unlock innovation in the energy system and drive economic growth. We’ve already seen how, in another industry, Open Banking has fuelled a revolution in innovation and attracted huge investment to the UK. Now, making it easier to discover, access and share energy data is about to open up a new frontier in the fight against climate change. We’re calling on people from across the energy sector to tell us what they need from data discovery and access, and help steer this service as we develop it.”

Tracy Green, Client Director Hippo Digital Limited, said:

“Making energy data easier to find, access and use is critical to innovation in the sector and helping to meet our net zero commitments. Taking a user centred and iterative approach to designing and testing this service will ensure that it works for businesses and innovators to create new products and services. Working in collaboration with Arup and Icebreaker One means we are bringing all of the expertise together to deliver a quality service that opens up the data and means it can be used for good.”