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EEB Hub: Regional Data Management Working Group

Benchmarking is a critical step toward increasing awareness of building energy performance and motivating energy efficiency improvements. Often the most laborious part of benchmarking for a building owner is acquiring whole-building utility data, especially for buildings in which some or all the utility meters are in tenants’ names. Utilities can facilitate this process by providing convenient, electronic access to whole-building utility consumption data.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission convened the Regional Data Management Working Group in July 2012 after Philadelphia passed its energy benchmarking law. The Working Group, composed of policymakers, building owners, utility representatives, utility regulators, federal agencies, and nonprofits, among others, will compile recommendations for utilities and public utility commissions for providing customers better data access, applicable for utilities in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The Working Group is targeting publication of these recommendations in Spring 2013.

IMT is partnering with the Hub to advise and staff the Working Group. More information about the Working Group, including past meeting notes, can be found here.

Slideshows from the group's meeting at PECO's headquarters on Oct. 25, 2012:

Chris Thompson, Puget Sound Energy (gas and electric utility): Energy Data and Benchmarking

Albert Kramer, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (municipal water utility): Local Law 84 Automated Benchmarking

Kevin Bricknell, ComEd (electric and gas utility): Energy Usage Data System

Cliff Majersik, IMT: Benchmarking, Data, and Utilities

Tracy Narel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Monisha Shah, White House Center on Environmental Quality; Cody Taylor, U.S. Department of Energy: Using Benchmarking to Catalyze Greater Energy Efficiency

About the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub)

About the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub)

The EEB Hub was established by the U.S. Department of Energy as an Energy-Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) in 2011 with a unique dual mission of improving energy efficiency in buildings—literally re-energizing them for the future—and promoting regional economic growth and job creation from our headquarters in Philadelphia's Navy Yard, one of the nation's largest and most dynamic redevelopment opportunities. Its goal is ambitious: to reduce energy use in the U.S. commercial buildings sector by 20 percent by 2020. To learn more, visit the Hub's website.