The forecasts for the winter of 2022 do not foresee rosy times: It is not only energy-intensive manufacturing companies that fear production stoppages and mass short-time work. For the people of Germany, too, the hard times do not seem to be over - for them, there is far more at stake than a warm, bright apartment in winter.
One piece of thoroughly positive news is undoubtedly that the energy turnaround has picked up rapidly. Both the state and companies, as well as private households, are rethinking and pushing alternative energies.
Despite this, and precisely because of it, regional energy suppliers, in particular, are facing enormous challenges: Not only exploding world market prices threaten the competitiveness of municipal utilities and regional suppliers. It is imperative that they invest in renewable energies and push ahead with digitization, because this is the only way the energy transition can really work. The increasing decentralization of supply sources through renewable energies alone requires a qualified, comprehensive, and up-to-date database. In addition, the grids must be digitally managed, and customers competently serviced via digital communication channels.
Besides increasing market requirements, energy suppliers have been obliged by law to digitize the energy transition since 2016. In summary, the digital transformation is intended to
- make communication between network operators, energy suppliers, and end consumers more efficient and faster,
- enable new offers of time- and demand-based tariffs and services for end consumers,
- and end consumers will find it easier to optimize their electricity and gas consumption, e.g., through smart meters, and to supply their own energy, e.g., through solar panels.
Another unique feature of the energy industry is the legal regulation of, among other things, investments for IT projects: Even if they can and want to, companies are only allowed to invest a certain amount. Consequently, the desired effects of digitization may not only be possible and at some point, occur.
This makes it all the more important to identify the so-called efficiency blockers in advance of digitization projects and to take proactive measures. In the following, we would like to present selected brakes and stoppers that we have successfully mastered with our customers from the energy industry.