ElectraLink, the company that runs the Data Transfer Service (DTS) between energy network operators, has signed a seal to share information with National Grid.

National Grid was concerned about its ability to accurately gauge electricity demand during peak periods due to the volatility of renewable sources and a lack of visibility as to how much power smaller plants connected to local power networks are generating.

The system operator began discussions with ElectraLink in August 2017 over receiving data.

After gaining permission from its users, ElectraLink has compiled a set of data covering generators connected to the distribution network, which identifies 96% of all half-hourly connected export sites.

GDPR considerations

Chief Executive Stuart Lacey said: “ElectraLink performs a vital role as the data hub at the centre of the retail energy market in the UK.

“We believe market data transparency is good for consumers and the energy industry however, there are good reasons why the National Grid request for MPAN level data went through a governance process overseen by the representatives of the DTS users that generate the data.

“Data at this level of granularity can be used to identify individuals and I am glad that ElectraLink was able to work with the users and GDPR legislation to identify a legitimate purpose for the data requested by National Grid.”

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