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Webinar Recording Available: Energy Data Repositories

Last month, we held our first webinar in a series about energy data. We discussed how “data access” is leading to new offerings for customers -- such as customized energy efficiency recommendations and “gamified” demand response tools -- with two CEOs of leading technology companies, and how “digital accountability” is important if customers are to take advantage of third party energy management software that use their energy data.

On April 2nd, 2019, our second webinar asked: What if customer energy data were in a centralized repository, unifying different formats and types of information across utilities? How could that information be used for policy and planning, or to animate the market for distributed energy resources?

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Webinar recording available

Consumers’ access to their own energy usage data – a policy adopted with support from consumer advocacy groups, industry and environmentalists -- is expanding energy savings and options for consumers. New offerings include “pay for performance” programs and residential demand response in which web-based tools can help consumers save (or earn) money. But the success of these offerings depends upon the utility’s information technology systems performing at a high level – both back-end functions (e.g. reliable data delivery) and front-end functions (e.g. user experience). Performance metrics and user experience guidelines are important tools for regulators to ensure that utilities meet modern consumers’ digital expectations.

On February 14, 2019, Mission:data hosted a webinar with the following panelists:

  • Michael Murray, President, Mission:data Coalition

  • Matt Duesterberg, Chief Executive Officer, OhmConnect

  • Lisa Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Home Energy Analytics

  • Moderator: Dan Delurey

View webinar slides here

View webinar slides here

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Is it time to enforce anti-trust laws against utilities?

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Is it time to enforce anti-trust laws against utilities?

Since the electric utility industry’s inception over a century ago, utilities have acted in -- or meddled with, depending upon your point of view -- markets adjacent to the traditional power business. Anti-trust enforcement is an often-ignored tool in the toolbox that deserves reexamination for at least three reasons.

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Texas Decision Enhances Customer Choice of Advanced Energy Providers

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Texas Decision Enhances Customer Choice of Advanced Energy Providers

Today, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved recommended improvements to streamline the Smart Meter Texas (SMT) portal at the Commission’s open meeting. Texas will update the Smart Meter Texas portal to be more in line with national standards such as Green Button, which provides a standardized data format for software developers to develop application programming interfaces (APIs) with the system.

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A Critical Question Lost in the Facebook Story: What is Informed Consent?

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A Critical Question Lost in the Facebook Story: What is Informed Consent?

Compared to the regulated world of utilities, the Cambridge Analytica incident feels like the Wild West of data sharing. While technical topics such as XML are involved with the sharing of energy data, the most important issue is not technical at all. Rather, it’s about consent: In online transactions, how can we make sure that customers know what they’re doing?

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Blocking, Throttling and Intermittency:  A look into other sectors facing data access challenges and the global movement towards portability

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Blocking, Throttling and Intermittency: A look into other sectors facing data access challenges and the global movement towards portability

Now that energy data access is the law of the land for over 25 million utility customers, it is worth looking at how other sectors of the economy have handled issues of large-scale digitalization of personal records. In this post, we look at other industries both inside and outside the U.S. from the perspective of consumer data: How and when is it difficult to access, even when the customer’s permission is obtained? And what might the current state of data sharing in healthcare and personal finance portend about utility data in the years to come?

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5 Things You Should Know About Smart Meter Texas

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5 Things You Should Know About Smart Meter Texas

#1. SMT’s conceptual design was ahead of its time. In 2008, while some states’ smart meter deployments were delayed by large protests, and other utilities struggled to understand and operationalize “big data” concepts for the first time, Texas embarked on what is still today a cutting edge design: a centralized web portal across most of the state.

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