DiXi Group and the NEURC launch an interactive register of electricity suppliers
With assistance from DiXi Group, an interactive service offering information about all active electricity suppliers was launched this week on the energy regulator’s website.
“It was the first time the energy regulator published generalized information about all active electricity suppliers. The availability of this information will significantly simplify the navigation among companies operating in the market, which was complicated in the past,” Andrii Bilous, DiXi Group’s Open Data Manager who was involved in the work on developing the register, said.
The interactive register is available on the official website of the NEURC. Thanks to this service, users can find the list of suppliers and analyze it using available filters: select your distribution system operator, consumption type, and others.
“With the launch of the new market model, we observe a significant increase in the number of companies licensed to supply electricity to consumers. However, a license in itself is not enough. A company must also have agreements with distribution system operators – the so-called oblenergo companies – to which their consumers are connected,” Andrii Bilous said.
The expert says that thanks to this service, consumers are now able to freely decide from whom to buy electricity, as envisaged by the new model of the electricity market. Users can also find more detailed information about change dynamics in the number of consumers and electricity delivery volumes.
The service contains information about the company’s EDRPOU code, energy identification code (EIC), and website address, allowing to gather more details about the supplier of choice and the terms of electricity supply.
“The opening of this data will significantly simplify regular updates of DiXi Group’s analytical product, the Rating of Electricity Suppliers. This rating is aimed to promote development of competition in the retail market and to improve services, commercial offers and transparency of suppliers. It also should help consumers choose the best supplier. To develop a pilot rating, we had to place a separate inquiry with the regulatory agency to be able to compile an adequate sample of companies for evaluation and obtain data based on several indicators: electricity supply volume, electricity distribution itemized by DSOs, and the number of customers. So now, this data is open and available in a convenient format,” DiXi Group’s Analytical Services Manager Bohdan Serebrennikov said.
According to Mr. Serebrennikov, several attempts to collect from the NEURC a similar data concerning suppliers of natural gas for the purpose of compiling their rating were, unfortunately, unsuccessful.
“It is unclear why this data could be easily opened with regard to electricity suppliers but presents a problem when it comes to gas suppliers. The importance of the latter data is even higher, because unlike in the electricity market, households are already able to freely choose whom to buy gas from. We hope that the energy regulator will similarly begin to open this information for the retail gas market. It would allow to better understand the market and help intensify competition, with consumers becoming the prime beneficiaries of that,” Mr. Serebrennikov summarized.
The interactive register of electricity suppliers was prepared for the NEURC with the support from DiXi Group within the USAID Energy Sector Transparency project.
DiXi Group works with the NEURC under the Memorandum of Partnership. The purpose of this cooperation is to join efforts to improve the quality of and simplify the access to the data controlled by the NEURC.