The Green Button initiative, which is the common-sense idea that electricity customers should be able to securely download their own energy usage information from their utility websites, is continuing to gain traction across the country.
The outgrowth of the “Data Jam” from the health sector into other areas like energy and education sparked an inspiring wave of entrepreneurship. These Jams –- formerly known as Joint Application Modeling Sessions -- were a major improvement to the familiar format of public-private collaboration workshops. Looking to 2013, the Energy Department is announcing today the next round of Data Jams.
Nearly 40 teams submitted ideas in response to a $50,000 Apps for Vehicles Challenge that seeks to improve safety and fuel efficiency through data innovation. Eight finalists have been selected to move on to the second phase of the competition based on the business plans and product prototypes they submitted during the first phase.
The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network’s (SEE Action) Customer Information and Behavior Working Group has released “A Regulator’s Privacy Guide to Third-Party Data Access for Energy Efficiency.” Funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the guide summarizes the range of approaches taken by states on privacy and security issues related to third-party access to customer data gathered under electric and gas ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs and