EV smart charging focus of energy data sharing in Europe spotlight

The electric vehicle smart charging use case is the focus of a new energy data sharing initiative from the European regulatory thinktank, CERRE.

The initiative is intended to feed into the European Commission’s proposed digital-driven ‘European energy data space’, which is aimed to allow for and support data sharing and system integration between the energy sector and other sectors such as mobility, and other regional legislation.

The sharing of such data, along with the general uptake of digital tools, is considered critical in empowering citizens and giving them a more active role in the energy transition and system.

In a new ‘issue paper’ by academics Sean Ennis, Director of the Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia (GB), and Giuseppe Colangelo, Professor of European Innovation Policy at the University of Basilicata (Italy), CERRE (Centre on Regulation in Europe) is reported as beginning its work at the intersection of data and energy with a mapping focused on smart charging points, as its successful rollout is critical for the EU’s energy transition.

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Both unidirectional and bidirectional smart charging will be considered, with key research questions to be addressed including:
● What property rights are included within the smart charging data?
● What is the business case for industry players and customers to share their data?
● What should be the overarching principles governing a European energy data space?
● What government interventions or data standards are required to make specific use cases successful for achieving green transition goals?

According to the report, the main regulatory challenges seem represented by the policy choices related to interoperability and standardisation, in particular the option for a mandated rather than a facilitated APIs adoption, and the concerns about privacy and cybersecurity.

“In general, the emergence of interoperability as the needed solution to ensure effective data sharing and promote technological innovation reflects the economic features of digital markets,” the authors write in the paper.

The analysis and policy recommendations drawing on the existing literature, interactions with stakeholders and cross-sectoral input, are expected to be released in October 2022.

Source: metering.com

EV smart charging focus of energy data sharing in Europe spotlight