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Can we get access to the live usage API?



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I’d be keen to get involved with any early access program. I specifically am interested in writing a Skill for Amazon Alexa to retrieve my usage data. For example being able to verbally ask how much I spent on energy and/or am currently spending would be really useful.
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Hi,

I’d be really interested in getting access to the data via your API. Could you please add me to this?

Many thanks,

Simon
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Hi all,

It's great to see so much engagement and I can tell there's a lot of interest in live usage data and all the possibilities that go with it! There's a good few queries which I'll try my best to answer, but make sure to help each other out - that's what the forum's for!

Would it be possible to add a feature to analyse the gas smart meter data against the degree day data for my area.

This is a widely used tool to analyse the energy efficiency of building heating, as it allows usage to be normalised against the weather.


Well, @jadam, overlaying weather data over gas consumption data is something we've thought about and we may consider it in the future, as the benefits are obvious!

I like the 'Your Energy Breakdown' not sure how much I trust the breakdown.

Since January 2017 we have plugged our Audi e-tron PHEV into our home electricity and since mid January we have used a POD Point charger. Neither have ever showed in the counts of 'Electric Vehicle'.


Sp @DaveJenYearsley for an electric vehicle usage to show,you will need to create an appliance profile. For your info, here is a screen recording of how this works:



Hope this helps,
Tim
+1 for this – or at least being able to download your raw data to be able to analyse and explore ourselves. Would be really useful and interesting.
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The loopenergy devices are a good approximation of usage but not 100% accurate I find (gas isn't far off, electricity cost estimates are around £10 to £15 off each month though). Plus with moving to a smart meter, the gasloop device will no longer be compatible with it.

Having access directly to the usage data the smart meters are recording would give much greater accuracy on my usage, which will give me much greater visibility on patterns of usage. This would be especially true with the gas usage, as at present Loopenergy only gives usage data every 15 minutes.
Hi, Your use of Loopenergy and Evo is very impressive. I would like to understand why access to a OVO API would bring advantage over your current setup. Surely that will only give you the same data as you have now?
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I'm also interested in joining the early access program for the API. At present I'm using Loopenergy to monitor my gas and electric usage, and couple that with my Honeywell Evohome heating controller, I've got a fairly good monitor of overall usage and trends. At present I've a series of python scripts collecting data from both platforms and storing the metrics in an influxdb setup which I query and visualise graphically using grafana. I've also developed custom methods for adapting the overall control of the central heating system beyond what the controller already performs, adapting dynamically to usage patterns, weather, and overall energy consumption, for example, if gas usage increases without heat being called across any zone of the heating system, then the assumption is that the cooker is on and the heating then scales back on the upper floors to allow the increase in ambient temperature from the cooker to be taken into account. Plus I just like seeing what's going on (In work with some fairly big data platforms with work so it's kind of second nature really)

So yes, I'm hoping I can continue to collect data from the new smart meter and continue to use it how I do!
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I like the 'Your Energy Breakdown' not sure how much I trust the breakdown.

Since January 2017 we have plugged our Audi e-tron PHEV into our home electricity and since mid January we have used a POD Point charger. Neither have ever showed in the counts of 'Electric Vehicle'.

At the end of September, I let OVO know. But as yet the only response has been an email saying 'have a lovely Sunday' . And a follow up email saying 'How did we do' - I gave prompt feedback but did not get an acknowledgement.

Anyway, are you certain that 'Electric Vehicle' in 'Your Energy Breakdown' works.

Regards
Dave
Would it be possible to add a feature to analyse the gas smart meter data against the degree day data for my area.

This is a widely used tool to analyse the energy efficiency of building heating, as it allows usage to be normalised against the weather.
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Thanks for the interest in this, trial @ChrisB @deanjames

For me to get you added to our list of future volunteers (there's currently an ongoing trial using the early volunteers) I'll need a PM with your account number, name and DoB. The details of these future trials are unconfirmed.

Currently we're sending our new In Home Displays, and building an API, to allow the volunteers access to their usage data for their own smart home integrations. We are then collecting feedback from them as it progresses.

I'm sorry for the lack of contact about future trials @sam_cat - we appreciate your support and patience, and will be in contact when we know more details.

Tim
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There are some of us that have been on the list for quite a while and there has been no further news on access, so dont hold your breath... There are other small startup providers that are really embracing making all this 'open' to those who are capable.
hi, Guys,

May I request access. Part of the reason I joined OVO was this very forum article. Whilst I am not on-board yet, on Oct 5 I switch and Oct 20th is my smart meter installation, I am keen to get access to this data as I am looking to create multiple apps that I can query with Alexa, integrate with home-assistant etc. I am keen to try and pre-empt energy usage based on weather, historical heating settings from the thermostat etc. and Shift hours. And finally, break down energy usage by correlating the information from my smart plugs.

There are probably loads of ideas out there for this type of data and it is great to see OVO embracing this way of working. As more third-party products come out with their own exposure, OVO will be seen as a leader and will hopefully bring more customers to you as a side benefit.

Can't wait to see what comes of this.

Chris
I had a booking for my smart meter yesterday but i was told no useful information could be gathered from the SMET1 and i needed SMET2 is this correct ?

Please can i be advised and if possible to pull statistics from SMET 1 and what type of information can be gathered from the API. I plan on writing a .py module that can be used within my home automation hub "homeassistant" this is the missing component of my home monitoring for me

Regards

Dean
Hey there, I've just signed up as part of the community to see if I can join in on the trials - would you mind adding me if I send the required PM?

Thanks!
same here! Would like to access the data if possible
Hey there, I've just signed up as part of the community to see if I can join in on the trials - would you mind adding me if I send the required PM?

Thanks!


Hey Siggy0 - I've just dropped you a PM. ^Emily
Hey there, I've just signed up as part of the community to see if I can join in on the trials - would you mind adding me if I send the required PM?

Thanks!
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Hi Lucy / Tom,

Am I too late to be added into the API trial ?

Has anyone got any datasets yet ?

Thanks
Steve


I think you may have missed the first ones but can add you to the other list. Just pop me a private message with your name, DoB and OVO account number. :)

Lucy
Hi Lucy / Tom,

Am I too late to be added into the API trial ?

Has anyone got any datasets yet ?

Thanks
Steve
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Great stuff guys! We can add you to a list for any future trials.

@johnk @jadam @Fordy - can you guys send me a private message with your name, DoB and OVO account number?

Lucy
Me too, can I be part of the trial? I'd like it to integreate with home automation- particularly real time data, to know when I'm exporting energy so have 'spare energy available' to turn on other things...
I'd also be interested. Mainly in just being able to access the historical data via CSV or similar. That should be pretty straightforwards to add I would have thought.
Hi,

Would it be possible to add me to the API trial?

John
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Hello -

I came to the forums looking for API information so I'd like to be included in the trial too.

Simon


Cool! Drop me a private message @sfgreenwood and I can also get you added to the list.

Lucy
Hello -

I came to the forums looking for API information so I'd like to be included in the trial too.

Simon
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Hi @Tim_OVO

Count me in please! I have a home automation system that I have worked on using several different APIs and would love to include gas/electric consumption too


Sounds like a plan, @AKWillows - I'll PM you now to get you added to our list!

Tim

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