Initiating Energy Transparency

Trying to improve energy efficiency in the building sector without readily available energy data is a little like trying to lose weight when you don’t have a scale. Fortunately, the building industry stands to gain by a trend in transparency in energy data, including the Obama Administration’s recently-announced Energy Data Initiative (EDI).The EDI “commits the Administration to release additional data resources in computer-readable form, and calls upon private-sector organizations to voluntarily give consumers secure access to their own energy use data,” according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The new initiative builds on existing programs such as the Green Button Initiative, through which utilities and service providers are working to provide easy access to energy usage data for more than 30 million customers.  While we’re thrilled that CBECS data may once again be available (albeit, not until 2015 in all likelihood) it’s reassuring to have efforts like the EDI in the works.

A White House blog declared: “Our communities, our economy, and our environment all stand to benefit as we move forward with the EDI to unlock data that can lead us to new ways to save energy and money, reduce pollution, provide energy services, and create jobs to ensure an American economy that is built to last.” This certainly bodes well for better buildings.  Read more about the Energy Data Initiative.