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AGL selects Microsoft and partners for CDR platform

AGL selects Microsoft and partners for CDR platform
AGL Energy has partnered with Microsoft to deploy a cloud-powered data platform that enables the energy provider to supply Consumer Data Right (CDR) services to consumers.
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AGL Energy has partnered with Microsoft to deploy a cloud-powered data platform that enables the energy provider to supply Consumer Data Right (CDR) services to consumers.

Complying with CDR legislation, AGL chose to build its own platform using the Microsoft Cloud and also collaborated with several Microsoft partners, government agencies and external software-as-a-service providers along the journey. 

“As custodians of our customers’ personal information, it’s critical that we had a platform in place to facilitate a secure exchange of their data on the CDR marketplace,” AGL CTO Hugh Fahy said. 

“Our partnership with Microsoft, in collaboration with other external partners and our team’s extensive experience using the Microsoft Cloud enabled AGL to build a flexible, cost-efficient and compliant CDR platform in just 12 months and within the regulatory timeframe.”

The CDR was passed by the Australian government in August 2019 to give consumers more control over their data by allowing them to choose who they want to share it with and how it should be used. 

Under the rules, consumer data can only be transferred securely between accredited industry providers (such as energy providers) and accredited third parties (such as comparison websites) using an automated data technology system that is strictly regulated by the Australian government.

After being rolled out to the banking industry in July 2020, the CDR was extended to apply to the energy sector. 

AGL was one of three initial energy retailers required to have a compliant and operational CDR solution in place by 15 November 2022 to facilitate customer requests to share their data with accredited third parties.

The design of AGL’s solution allows the energy provider to scale to accommodate anticipated growth in the number of consumers wanting to share their energy data and compare deals in the CDR ecosystem.

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The solution may also enable AGL to unlock potential growth opportunities if it decides to become an accredited data recipient (ADR). 

These opportunities include recruiting more customers to participate in AGL’s Virtual Power Plant scheme and offering customers personalised services such as machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities for bill forecasting, bill management and bill smoothing; data integrations with open banking and recommendations on more efficient energy usage.

“We’re proud to have supported AGL’s data transformation project with a secure, scalable and compliant solution in the cloud,” Microsoft Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) enterprise lead Jo Dooley said. “Microsoft is committed to helping other organisations understand their CDR responsibilities and bring their own innovative solutions to life.”

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