Ediel/EAN

About the project

The EAN and Ediel project for invoicingin the downstream electricity power market including specification of the use of the EAN-system foridentification purposes in the electrical power market 

Ediel and the EAN organisations in Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Holland, Norway and Sweden have accomplished the first phase of a common project for making common Implementation Guidelines (IG) for the downstream electrical power market. This includes IG’s (user guides) for the EDIFACT messages INVOIC and MSCONS, and also a specification of the use of EAN-system for identification purposes in the electrical power market. The meaning of the term “downstream electrical power market” is communication towards the consumers.

Ediel has today made common IG’s for the upstream electrical power market. These IG’s are specially designed for the specialities needed for information between different participants in the upstream electrical power market.

When the power companies are communicating towards the consumers there is a need to harmonise with the standards used in other markets or branches than the power market.

Today EANCOM based IG’s are used in all European countries within different branches. The main goal for this project has been to make a common set of IG’s that can be used in the same way in all Western European countries between the electrical power sector and customers in other markets or branches.

Regarding the use of the EAN-system for identification purposes, the project has concluded on the following identification principles: 

  • For identification of the parties (seller, buyer etc) in the EDI messages,the EAN*UCC Global Location Number is recommended
  • For identification of the products & services (mostly power) in the EDI messages,the EAN*UCC Global Trade Item Number is recommended
  • For identification of the metering points in the EDI messages,the EAN*UCC Global Service Relation Number is recommended

During the project several questions were raised that could not be solved before pilot projects have been carried out. In the Business Process Model document several items are listed that will be reviewed after (and during) pilot projects. The EAN/Ediel working group would appreciate comments and experiences from all pilot projects implementing the EAN/Ediel invoice. Following the pilot phase these possible solution will be reviewed.


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