BEYOND THIRD PARTIES: PROMOTING INNOVATION THROUGH ENERGY DATA SHARING WITH “NTH” PARTIES
An ecosystem of companies in the energy industry enables customers with numerous innovative products and services. When a customer shares his or her private electricity or natural gas data with a certain company, there are often several firms in a “digital supply chain” that acquire and process the data to eventually deliver services to that customer, whether the customer is aware of those entities or not. Referred to as “Nth” parties, these entities represent exciting innovations in the energy sector, but they will be stifled in the absence of thoughtful, targeted policies and customer-centric data exchange mechanisms.
Energy data portability
Data portability is more than an abstraction. To ensure true interoperability so that customers can access information services from other providers, utility I.T. systems must be measured. Mission:data describes performance metrics and user experience guidelines for utility regulators to avoid “evil nudges” that prevent customers from exercising their rights to choose other products or services.
Energy data: Unlocking innovation with smart policy
Smart policy must address ten (10) aspects of energy data access to be successful. Co-authored with Laura Kier and Bob King, P.E.
Got data? The value of energy data access to consumers
Did you know 12 studies found 6% to 18% energy savings when consumers had easy, functional access to their own energy consumption information? Mission:data outlines state policies in California, Illinois and Texas that support data access.
The Empowered Consumer
Our first case study introduces how energy usage data from homes and businesses can deliver significant energy savings while protecting privacy.