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NEDU will cease to exist on 1 April 2022, and MFFBAS will be active as of that date. What does this switch entail and what will the new organisation focus on? Klaas Hommes, director of BAS, explains.

No one knows what the energy system will look like in the future. But it is clear that things will become a lot more complex due to the energy transition, with several types of energy, local generation and unpredictable use and production. Because better understanding is required, the exchange of energy-related data has become increasingly important.

Market Facilitation Forum (MFF)
‘In 2019, all parties in the energy sector committed themselves to a new initiative aimed at making data-sharing as efficient and transparent as possible’, says Hommes. ‘In addition, it had to be easier for energy users to determine which data they have to share. These needs led to the Market Facilitation Forum.’

Diverse membership
The Market Facilitation Forum (MFF) is an independent intermediary for the exchange of energy-related data. Unlike NEDU, parties other than the current market roles are able to join: from grid operators to comparison sites, from suppliers to consumer associations, and from metering responsible parties to e-mobility providers. ‘We all work together to make agreements about data sharing’, adds Hommes.

New energy legislation
According to Hommes, the MFF is well equipped for the upcoming energy legislation and the challenges of the energy transition. ‘A new regulatory framework has been set up to realise European objectives at local level, both for existing system processes like switching, allocation and balancing, as well as for data-sharing processes. As far as the latter is concerned, this could involve developing new applications for e.g. end users. And we can work together within the MFF to make clear agreements about this, also when it comes to privacy.’

Operator Agreement System (BAS)
Naturally, agreements that have been made within the MFF must also be honoured in practice, emphasises Hommes. ‘That’s where the BAS comes in: the Operator Agreement System. BAS is an entity that implements and monitors established agreements under instruction from the MFF association.’ The aim is for MFFBAS to improve market facilitation in various areas, like via better insight into data for end users, faster and more transparent decision-making about process- and IT-related modifications, and suitable agreements about the quality and timeliness of processes and data.

Implementing use cases
The MFF must be an open and transparent forum where all stakeholders discuss and determine proposals with one another in order to improve the performance of the energy market. ‘How does this work? As a member of the MFF, you can schedule a use case about data-sharing or system processes. MFF members will then vote whether the use case will be addressed further. If so, a Topic Manager will compile a plan of action that will be implemented after it has been approved by the MFF.’

Transition on 1 April
The Agreement system will come into effect on 1 April 2022. Hommes: The first meeting will take place shortly afterwards.’ The first informal meeting has been scheduled for 6 April in Amersfoort. MFFBAS is working hard to recruit members. ‘NEDU members are now all making the switch.’

More information
Would you like further information? The website of MFFBAS has gone live in the meantime.

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