In July 2012, a working group comprised of local utilities, utility regulators, building owners, and experts from the real estate, academic, and energy efficiency fields came together to examine utility efforts to provide building operators with better access to energy consumption data for their buildings.

A product of the working group, this report identifies best practices for utilities to provide building operators with automated access to whole-building energy consumption data, while maintaining appropriate confidentiality protections on customer data. The report provides an introduction to data accessibility issues and an assessment of the challenges and opportunities for utilities, regulators, and real estate practitioners in implementing data accessibility practices. It also presents case studies of utilities that have implemented such practices.

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