Utilities & Petroleum

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Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) allows businesses to effectively communicate and process business transactions electronically. This is no different for the deregulated, multi-player energy market, in which accurate and rapid data communication is critical. DataTrans EDI is the ideal solution for the secure exchange of information between all types of utilities and petroleum-related trading partners.


Many states have mandated that utility companies use EDI technology to send enrollments or to receive meter readings from transmission and distribution providers. However the cost of developing that technology to meet compliance in one state, let alone address inter-state transactions, is prohibitive. Many companies are increasingly seeing the benefits of outsourcing this process. DataTrans Solutions has the expertise and experience to assist with the considerable data and transaction processing capabilities required. This includes the establishment of communication channels, transaction sets, management of transmissions, trading partner support, integration with a company’s back end system, translation and mapping services, and error resolution.

Some of the standard ASC X12 documents typically exchanged in this sector:

  • 248 Account Assignment
  • 568 Payment Advisement
  • 568 Accounts Receivable
  • 810 Invoice (Bill Ready, Rate Ready and Single Retailer)
  • 814 Enrollment Request/Response
  • 814 Consumption History Request & Response
  • 814 Drop Request & Response
  • 814 Account Maintenance
  • 814 Reinstatement
  • 820 Remittance (Utility Billing and Utility Rate Ready Billing)
  • 824 Application Advice
  • 824 Positive Notification
  • 832 Price Notification
  • 852 Inventory Report
  • 856 Delivery Ticket
  • 867 Consumption History/Gas Profile
  • 867 Monthly Usage


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    Our experience in this sector includes compliance with the following:

    GISB EDM Gas Industry Standards Board Electronic Delivery Mechanism) standards require that all transaction data be exchanged in a standardized format (ANSI X12). These standards also specify the Internet communication protocol used to exchange the files electronically.

    • Secure HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) which allows entities to securely and reliably transmit and receive EDI
    • XML ( Extensible Markup Language) which is capable of supporting both batch and interactive processing

    NAESB  (North American Energy Standards Board). DataTrans will assist companies in implementing NAESB EDM for the reliable, secure exchange of transactions over the Internet between gas and electric utilities trading partners. There are several methods of communication that can be implemented including:

    • EDI/EDM Transfer – The transfer of EDI files via the Internet using the NAESB Internet Electronic Transport (Internet ET) mechanism.
    • FF/EDM Transfer – The transfer of “flat files via the Internet using the NAESB Internet ET mechanism.


    EDI allows companies in the oil and gas industry to share resources for greater efficiency and productivity, especially in cooperation with their suppliers. Our experience in this sector includes working with oilfield service companies and suppliers, establishing communication channels and ensuring compliance to industry standards.

    PIDX (Petroleum Industry Data Exchange), the Electronic Commerce Committee of the American Petroleum Institute (API). API is the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. PIDX’s mission is to develop Global Energy Business Standards for the oil and natural gas industry and its trading partners. API has recommended numerous XML Schema files that define the allowable data structures for a variety of transactions that apply to the oil and gas sectors:

    • Bill Of Lading Create
    • Bill Of Lading Response
    • Cementing Template
    • Custody Ticket
    • Exception
    • Field Ticket
    • Field Ticket Response
    • Invoice
    • Invoice Response
    • Order Change
    • Order Create
    • Order Response
    • Order Status Request
    • Order Status Response
    • Pipeline Nomination Change
    • Pipeline Nomination Create
    • Pipeline Nomination Response
    • Pipeline Schedule
    • Quote
    • Quote Notification
    • Quote Request
    • Receipt
    • Request Requisition Return

    PIDX has also developed an extensive library of EDI X12 standards which are still being used to support these sectors:

    • 810 Invoice
    • 820 Payment Order/Remittance Advice
    • 832 Price/Sales Catalog
    • 838 Trading Partner Profile
    • 840 Request for Quotation
    • 843 Response to Request for Quotation
    • 850 Purchase Order
    • 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgment/Request – Seller Initiated
    • 856 Ship Notice/Manifest
    • 860 Purchase Order Change Request – Buyer Initiated
    • 865 Purchase Order Change Acknowledgement/Request – Seller Initiated
    • 869 Order Status Inquiry
    • 870 Order Status Report
    • 997 Functional Acknowledgment

    Let DataTrans handle all of your EDI needs with our DataTrans WebEDI, Hosted EDI or EDI Software Solutions. For more information or to speak to a sales representative, please contact us.