Access to energy data presents a significant opportunity for many organizations interested in energy management, benchmarking, disclosure, and energy efficiency services. However, legitimate concerns over privacy and cost create a barrier to benefitting from current energy data sources. The resources below provide information about creating more access to energy-related data.
Private-sector energy managers need to understand the privacy concerns associated with sharing energy data, and the public sector needs to be sensitive to those concerns when implementing policies around benchmarking and disclosure.
A Utility Regulator’s Guide to Data Access for Commercial Building Energy Performance Benchmarking: This guide offers policy options and considerations to state utility commissions in providing access to energy use data to help commercial customers manage energy costs through building energy benchmarking.
A Regulator's Privacy Guide to Third-Party Data Access for Energy Efficiency: This guide summarizes approaches taken by states on privacy and security issues related to third-party access to customer data and provides guidance on policy options for providing access to customer data.