Data Access Services

We know that having access to consistent, quality data is a key requirement for anyone wanting to participate in or study the transformation of the energy market. However, accessing that data from a variety of sources can be challenging.

That’s why C4NET, with a generous grant from the Victorian Government, and in collaboration with local Distribution Network Service Providers, has established a single point service to request and obtain electricity data.   

C4NET will work with any party seeking data (data requestors) to best match the data available to your needs, and then work with DNSPs to extract and aggregate that data to ensure that it can be provided in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements for the handling of sensitive or private information.

While smart meter consumption data is a basic service level offering, C4NET is able to facilitate data access requests related to network and power systems operations to assist in research and analysis, activities and projects.

Not sure what you are looking for or how to go about obtaining the data for your project? Complete the inquiry from below and we’ll contact you to see how best to serve your data access needs.  

Examples of our recent work include:

Data Requestor Use Cases
Academia
Working with Monash University to map low voltage topology using AMI data.

Supporting the largest, household battery project in the world by using data to increase the
visibility of existing batteries and how they can impact and inform network operations.
Councils
Helping the City of Greater Bendigo, City of Whittlesea, and the City of Melbourne to map
consumption in order to plan and implement carbon reduction measures.
Government
Providing detailed analysis to Solar Homes Victoria for a program assessment designed to
understand the impact of implemented policy and incentives on the uptake of residential solar.
Schools
Integrated programs with students ranging from high school through post graduate studies,
providing real electricity data to use in curriculum projects.
Community
Groups

Delivering required data for microgrid feasibility studies to community groups in Donald and
Tarnagulla to understand the types of assets and commercial arrangements required for a
viable community energy program.

Interested in accessing data?

If you are seeking electricity smart meter data from any Victorian DNSP, please let C4NET know via our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

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About

Background:

Electricity data from smart meters can assist research and the development of products, services and government programs but it can be complex to access for those less familiar with the data and the regulatory requirements. C4NET’s experience to date has identified challenges such as not knowing who to go to, what limitations exist, or how to specify the data that is needed to match the requestor’s needs. Hence, in partnership with DNSPs, the project will conduct a trial to develop and test a new service, to provide aggregated electricity data to data requesters.

The service is envisioned to be an efficient, consistent and reliable single-point supply service. C4NET and the DNSPs will undertake a manual trial to test the market demand and commercial viability of the service by inviting data requesters to utilise the service.

Services:

There are several services that C4NET provides to those looking for electricity data:

Consumption Data – standard data request, $950 + GST per post code.  This typically includes anonymised, aggregated data that such as consumption, PV penetration, number of customers, min/max demand, and some voltage and current information.

Bespoke Data – various types of electricity and network systems data. Priced based on the type and volume of data requested. Starts at $950 + GST and $150/hr of data aggregation and consulting to determine requirements.

Dashboard Services – consulting and creation of data visualisation tools. Contact us for how we may be able to help your council or community group with your reporting or analysis requirements.

Timeframe:

The project will run through to early 2023. A further breakdown of tasks and timeframe are:

  • February 2021 – July 2021: Establishment of governance regimes and service processes with Victorian DNSPs.
  • July 2021 – January 2022: services commence with data extracts from the CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy patches via C4NET’s platform.
  • By April 2022: Data requesters from AusNet Services and Jemena will be integrated to the platform.
  • May 2023: Trial service finalisation.

Outcomes:

It is anticipated that several stakeholders will benefit from the services:

  • Data requesters: more efficient, faster and robust aggregated electricity data access e.g., researchers can perform research by utilising real-world data accessed from the service.
  • DNSPs and C4NET: Improved harmonisation of data handling and governance across Victorian DNSPs to improve process efficiency and reduce confusion from having multiple interpretations and processes. This harmonisation will extend to data extract requests to reduce the iterations required to get data that is best matched to data requester’s needs.

The feasibility of a sustainable service will be informed, either at a manual or automated level. The service will focus on existing Victorian Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) smart meter data and is open to be integrated with any electricity data holder.

Interested in accessing data?

If you are seeking electricity smart meter data from any Victorian DNSP, please let C4NET know via our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

Send us an Email

Participating Organisations


  • AusNet Services

  • CitiPower

  • Powercor

  • United Energy

  • Jemena

FAQs

  • Neighbourhood Battery Initiative - Data Requests

    The purpose of this section is to provide guidance for external stakeholders when requesting electricity consumption and network operational data from distribution network service providers (DNSPs) within Victoria. The context for these questions is the DELWP Neighbourhood Battery Initiative and have been developed with this specific project in mind.

    To help us facilitate your data request, please consider the following:

    Project Objectives:

    • What are the analysis outcomes that you are seeking?
    • Are you working with another organisation to conduct the analysis?
    • What questions are you seeking to answer by leveraging this research?
    • What level of data are you looking for? NMI, Feeder, Transformer, Distribution Substation, Zone Substation?
    • What geographic area are you looking to assess for this project?
    • What size battery(s) are you considering installing
    • Are you seeking to install a pad-mounted/ground battery or a pole-top battery?
    • How many batteries are you seeking to install?
    • Will your battery be located in front or behind the meter?

     

    Customer Consent and Data Protections:

    • Do you have customer consent to request NMI level data? (This is required for non-randomised NMI data).
    • Please keep in mind that any data that can be easily used to identify consumers based on consumption and location will require proof of written consent.
    • How do plan to store this data securely?
    • Depending on the data request, some of the files can be quite large and cannot be transferred via email. What is the best way to securely provide the data back to your organisation?

     

    Turn Around Times:

    • Please keep in mind that the more specific your data request (post code/distribution substation level, etc.) , the less time it takes to run the query.
    • Is there a priority to the data? This can help decrease the total turnaround time.
    • Is some of this data already available publicly? For example, the DNSPs regularly publish information on zone substations in their Distribution Annual Planning Reports (DAPR) and when soliciting non-network solution options.
    • Are you looking for data or a connection assessment? For example, if you are considering utilising your battery for the FCAS market, this may require a connection assessment as well as data request. These are two separate requests and will increase the turn around time

     

    Please consider that each DNSP has a different internal process for data extraction and connection assessments based on their business requirements. The turn around time for these requests from the data of contract execution can vary from two to four weeks and is also based on the complexity of the request.

  • Who are data requestors?

    Anyone seeking electricity data to inform their pursuits. Typical requests to date have been from:
    o academics
    o start-ups
    o city councils
    o Governments
    o NGOs

  • What type of data can I request?

    Best to speak with us about what you are trying to do with the data and then let us work with you to determine what may best suit from the data available. The initial service will focus on electricity consumption data, but we can work with data holders to see how we can best meet your need. The data provided to you will be from Victorian DNSPs in de-identified aggregated form to ensure compliance with all data handling requirements.

  • What is aggregated electricity data?

    Aggregated electricity data is a collection of individual meter data files, reported in aggregate form to ensure individual’s private data cannot be identified.

  • What is the data resolution?

    Time: Historic consumption data for each NMI is at 30-minute intervals, and this will move to 5 minutes when it becomes industry standard. This may be aggregated to daily, monthly seasonal or annual data.

    Geography: Individual data is specific to an address but needs to be aggregated to a sufficient deidentified range. We can discuss this with you as it will be customised to the dataset and subject to certain limitations, but types of options may be postcode, region or zone sub-station.

  • Do I have to justify why I need the data?

    Yes, knowing the need of the data is essential for compliance justification, helps shape the data extraction request, conditions of its use and informs longer term sustainability of the service provision.

  • Which DNSP falls under my EOI request?

    The advantage of having a single point access for any electricity data is that C4NET will take care of this for you. The more DNSP patches needed for any individual request, the more complex the query becomes.

  • How long will it take to get the data?

    Typically, it takes 2-4 weeks to get the data once the specification and compliance is complete, however this greatly depends on the complexity and size of the request. Once we assess the feasibility, we can share our timing expectations with you.

  • Will I be charged for the data request?

    C4NET is a not-for-profit business and none of the data providers are seeking to make a commercial return on the provision of data. Specifying the data, extraction of the data, ensuring compliance and checking appropriate agreements are in place to have a cost associated with them though.

    There are several services that C4NET provides to those looking for electricity data; below are indicative costs. Please contact us directly for a quote or pricing for your project:

    Consumption Data – standard data request, $950 + GST per query. This typically includes anonymised, aggregated data such as consumption, PV penetration, number of customers, min/max demand, and some voltage and current information.

    Bespoke Data – various types of electricity and network systems data. Priced based on the type and volume of data requested. Starts at $950 + GST and $150/hr of data aggregation and consulting to determine requirements.

    Dashboard Services – consulting and creation of data visualisation tools. Contact us for how we may be able to help your council or community group with your reporting or analysis requirements.

  • What details do I have to put in my data request?

    All requested details are provided in the contact form.

  • Who should I contact if I need further information?
  • Do I have to enter a contract or data share agreement?

    Yes, there will be a requirement to enter a data use agreement only. These are typically simple templates but can depend on the data requested and its use.

  • How much data can I get?

    Ultimately it depends on the data available. We do try to work with you to minimise the data volume and complexity to reduce the cost involved and keep it as efficient for all parties as possible.

  • Is there a guaranteed service level?

    No, this service is provided on a best-intent basis where C4NET is fully aligned in trying to maximise the availability and utilisation of electricity data.

  • What warranties does the data come with?

    The data is provided as is without any warranty or representation.

    C4NET encourages data requestors to be familiar with the limitations of smart meter data as stored by the DNSPs and this is something we can discuss with you.

  • What form is the data provided?

    Typically, a CSV file(s) but depends on the volume and form.

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Interested in accessing data?

If you are seeking electricity smart meter data from any Victorian DNSP, please let C4NET know via this contact form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.

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