N.Y. Schedules Technical Conference on Access to Customer and Aggregated Energy Data
The New York PSC scheduled for December 16 a technical conference to discuss access to customer and aggregated energy data and related issues, including discussion on providing consumers, vendors, and municipal aggregations with access to energy consumption information
Among the topics for the discussion are whether utilities should be permitted to charge municipalities or other third parties for providing this aggregate data, and, if so, why, and how should those charges be determined.
The notice for the technical conference states:
"Consumers should have ready access to their energy usage information and should be able to easily share that information with vendors they select. This will facilitate consumer engagement with ESCOs and DER vendors as well as the ability of ESCOs and DER vendors to provide tailored products. Consideration will be given to requiring utilities to implement a uniform protocol to provide this capability to consumers, which is secure, easy to use, and reflects standards which allow vendors to develop applications to use that data. The data should include information known to the utility, which enables a vendor to prepare an offer reflecting customer-specific information including customer name and other identifying information, energy usage history, energy bill history, and load profile. One protocol to be considered is Green Button Connect."