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The energy transition is currently in full swing, and data plays a crucial role in this process. Smart meters and advanced sensors generate abundant data that holds the key to more efficient and sustainable energy consumption. However, the question of data ownership and access rights arises: who actually owns this valuable data, and who is authorized to use it?

In the current energy sector, there is often ambiguity regarding data ownership. The involvement of various stakeholders in energy production, storage, distribution, and supply often leads to conflicts over data ownership and access. To address these challenges, clear guidelines and policy frameworks for data governance and ownership are needed.

It is essential to establish agreements on responsibilities for data collection, management, and protection, with a focus on privacy and user control. Transparency and openness are crucial when sharing data in the energy sector, considering its public significance. Safety and security are also of paramount importance, necessitating adequate measures to prevent unauthorized access and data breaches.

Collaboration and effective data governance are essential in a complex and rapidly changing energy sector. Only through transparency and collaboration can we improve energy efficiency, promote sustainable energy sources, and achieve a sustainable future.

In summary, data is the driving force behind the energy transition. With proper data ownership, transparency, and collaboration, we can enhance energy efficiency and realize a sustainable future.

Projects, Reports, and Resources

  1. Data Governance Inventory Report by Contakt Consulting
  2. Club van Wageningen
  3. Podcast 'Met de Stroom mee' (Going with the Flow)
  4. Inspirational sessions on data governance, reference architecture, and cybersecurity
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