Introduced in 2006 in the course of the so-called unbundling (separation of network and sales in energy supply companies), the new communication processes have become the standard. However, further developments to be carried out every six months repeatedly cause stress in software houses and among market players: in the course of the introduction of the new MaKo 2020 on December 1, 2019, market communication was the subject of much discussion. Since then, there has been a division of responsibility between distribution system operators and metering point operators, and ultimately the star-shaped distribution of metered values to all other market participants. Although the energy industry has now largely internalized the new processes, the energy market is changing rapidly as a result of the energy transition and digitization. More and more market participants are networked with each other, and the need for communication is increasing. Not only is the number of transactions constantly increasing, but the processes are also becoming more complex and thus more time-consuming to handle.
For experts in the energy sector, market communication - especially MaKo 2020 and, in the future, Redispatch 2.0 and MaKo 2022 - represents one of the biggest changes in the process landscape of energy suppliers. IT systems will have to be adapted just as much as processes. Despite clear regulations, there is always room for interpretation, which in practice leads to data inconsistencies and requires time-consuming bilateral clarifications. Building up the relevant expertise and keeping the systems up to date is becoming more and more of a burden for companies. At the same time, cost pressure in the market is increasing.