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A new electricity market
The Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) was set up to control a new electricity market which went live on 01 October 2018. The new market favours the most efficient electricity suppliers by rewarding generation that best addresses the needs of the grid. It could also cut energy bills for businesses and consumers by up to €200 million a year.
Dept was tasked with the design, development and implementation of a new portal website, providing market participants access to a vast quantity of market-related data throughout the transition between the two markets.
As well as the core SEMO website, we also looked at the digital launch of SEMOpx. It focuses on competitive options to buy and sell electricity in the day-ahead and intraday markets.
Overhaul of the market
The Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) was set up to control a new electricity market which went live across Ireland and Northern Ireland on 01 October 2018. The new market integrates the all-island and European electricity markets, thereby enabling the free flow of energy across borders. It also favours the most efficient electricity suppliers by rewarding generation that best addresses the needs of the grid. In addition, it could cut energy bills for businesses and consumers by up to €200 million a year.
Dept was engaged to partner in the development of a new market web portal in late 2016 with the project officially kicking off at the start of 2017. The challenge ahead was not a simple facelift for the existing website.
Instead, our focus was a complete overhaul of the market as a whole with new data streams, formats and integration mechanisms. Working closely with the internal SEMO team gave us great insight into the underlying operations and significant influence over the shaping of the data. This ultimately enabled us to present it to end-users in more useful ways.
The existing SEMO website was not mobile friendly and offered limited access to data. Much of this vital data on electricity trading had to be accessed on a designated terminal, which required users to access data through dongles.
To provide this meant we had to ensure that:
● Users could access the information they came for quickly and easily
● The system was robust with high availability and performance levels
● The data being presented was both accurate and timely
● SEMO could notify participants of any issues (e.g. outages or market issues) immediately as they occurred
Our solution features easy access, rich filters and a user-friendly interface. We introduced dynamic and static chart reports. All data enters the web portal as “static reports”. These are the raw data files, primarily in Excel or CSV formats, which can be downloaded directly for use within participant’s internal reporting suites. Many of these static reports are parsed and processed to become “dynamic reports” For this, the data within static reports is extracted to drive numerous charts and tables. They can be downloaded in a range of formats. The system updates the charts automatically, some as often as five-minute intervals.
Developed in Roxen CMS, the website is easily accessed across device types, right down to responsive charts and publication libraries.
The new SEMO web portal went live in October 2018. It has been a great success to date with the 22 key users who buy the bulk of Irish electricity supply. All of these users are re-registered and using the system on a daily basis.
The portal performance has been at a very high level, with fast page and data download speeds and close to ‘real time’ accuracy of the data.
The website had over 270 functional features, 15 graphing types and 25 API integrations. We delivered a performance of <1-second download speed for key pages and an availability level of 99.99%, which means the website was down for less than 4 hours per year. The budget for this project was €300k.