Access to consumption data from utilities enables building owners to cut utility costs, save money, increase asset value, and reduce carbon emissions. Too often, owners cannot access accurate data, especially when utilities bill tenants directly.
Stakeholders in many jurisdictions requested technical advice to craft a legislative framework that builds on existing experience and best practice that supports efficient energy management and data access. To this end, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) have developed our model law—with input from more than 30 stakeholders—to facilitate more cooperative relationships among utilities, building owners, and customers. There are 3 versions available:
- IMT-RAP Model Utility Data Access Law (Annotated): Includes annotations and discussion
- IMT-RAP Model Utility Data Access Law (Without Annotations): Without annotation or discussion
- IMT-RAP Model Utility Data Access Law with Water: Covers energy and water utilities; includes annotation and discussion
This model legislative framework and guidance has been designed with a dual focus: promoting utility savings while concurrently safeguarding the privacy and security of ratepayers’ information. These are living documents and will be updated as we learn more and receive additional feedback.