Allocation 2.0: 'Complex and valuable for energy transition'

For the sustainable energy transition in the Netherlands, a flexible energy system is essential. Demand and sustainable supply must be well matched, based on actual measured energy flows. This also encourages users to adjust their consumption. The multi-year sector-wide programme Allocation 2.0, directed by the NEDU, is shaping this new way of allocating with all market parties. We are securing better functioning of the energy market making processes more transparent, fair and efficient. How do the ICE Consultants working on this look at it?

What is the importance of Allocation 2.0?

"The Netherlands is in dire need of a new way of allocating," argues Arjan Visser, Senior Consultant. "Instead of allocation with static consumption profiles, and thus many assumptions, there is a need for a system that allocates energy quantities based on actual data. Allocation 2.0 sets up an energy system that is flexible and can therefore be sustainable and future-proof.

With developments in the energy transition, this prevents serious disruption of market operations and, in time, risks regarding security of supply. A better functioning of the energy market is secured, making processes more transparent, fair and efficient. This is more than worth the investment in social terms."

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What are the main challenges?

Luuk Westera, Business Analyst: "First, there is regulatory uncertainty, especially when the Energy Act 1.0 is a reality. Then there is the dependence on political choices. After all, Allocation 2.0 is a multi-year programme. What changes may still come is not yet foreseeable. It is also a very expensive programme. Will it continue to be considered worth the investment?

Fourth, it impacts all market players. There are many stakeholders, many dependencies and therefore many different opinions. This can lead to changing scenarios. Finally, programme management is complex and extensive. Another factor is that NEDU mostly manages the process according to a waterfall-oriented process. However, many other parties nowadays have a agile development process. It then happens, for example, that parties already want to start work, while the documentation is not complete and established at that time."

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How do ICE Consultants demonstrate their added value?

"In the first tranche, Theme Release 2021, it's mainly about changes to messaging," indicates Tester/Business Analyst Brian Wijngaarde. "What I see is that the volume of messages will remain about the same for now, but the changes in roles and mandates will make the whole thing simpler and more efficient. As ICEs, we have a unique network to share knowledge, be each other's enquirers and spar to get to good solutions quickly. Everyone delivers quality in their own field and at the same time we have a broad scope together."

"All in all, Allocation 2.0 is a valuable and complex programme, both in terms of content and organisation," Luuk adds. "We are currently focusing purely on the content side of the programme. There is also change management expertise within ICE. If necessary, we can make use of this expertise."

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