Successful City and Utility Partnerships Spur Better Energy Data Access

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Andrew Burr, U.S. Department of Energy
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Feb 02, 2016

Last week, over 60 energy efficiency leaders ranging from the local, regional, and national levels participated in a Better Buildings and White House hosted Roundtable to recognize the accomplishments of cities and utilities in improving access to building energy data nation-wide and to discuss in detail how this improved access to data and information can help bring energy efficiency to scale in commercial buildings.

The majority of participants were cities and utilities partnering with the Energy Department in the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator (EDA). Partners in the EDA achieved a historic expansion of whole-building energy data access, designing and implementing data access solutions that will collectively impact more than 2.6 million commercial customers by 2017.  

The White House's Dan Utech, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, and Robert Simon, Principal Advisor to the Director for Energy, Transportation, and Resources, also gave remarks, acknowledging the importance of their efforts in meeting the Administration's climate goals, and in securing a more energy efficient and economically competitive America. 

The Energy Department's David Friedman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency recognized partners for their progress and achievements. Partners listed below also highlighted their successes: 

  • Manuel Vera, Pepco
  • James Cater, Eversource
  • Bridget Dockter, Xcel Energy
  • Stephanie Zawistowski, City of Minneapolis
  • Peter Nelson, Salt Lake City

The proven strategies of these partnerships are now being compiled into a EDA Toolkit: Blueprint for Action to be published later this month. The accomplishments of the Accelerator are also featured in a White House Fact Sheet, as are new partnerships with cities, states, utilities and the private sector to continue to further peer-exchange and best practices sharing on energy data. 

    The components of the EDA Toolkit will serve as a blueprint for action to enable cities, utilities and other stakeholders to overcome whole-building data access barriers. Resources are partner produced and focused on helping other communities trace the same steps EDA partners have, to significantly expand building energy benchmarking, which is the first step many building owners take to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. The toolkit will include the following features:

    • Best practices for developing a utility whole-building data access solution
    • Utility best practices fact sheets
    • Stakeholder engagement strategy guide
    • Stakeholder engagement case studies
    • Beyond Benchmarking: On unlocking value for utilities
    • Guide to data access and utility customer confidentiality
    • Statistical analysis of data access and privacy briefing document

    For a full list of all the cities, utilities and businesses who have committed to improving access to energy data through a variety of new programs and commitments, check out the White House Fact Sheet.