Obtaining Community Energy Data

When the Colorado Public Utilities Commission opened Proceeding 14R-0394EG to revise its data privacy rules for electric and natural gas utilities, I spearheaded an effort by sustainability staff at ten Colorado local governments to obtain complete, accurate, and consistent data, aggregated on an annual basis, about how residents and businesses use and manage energy. Information about electricity and natural gas consumption and participation in energy efficiency and solar programs is critical for climate action planning. In the process, I worked with an attorney to draft the initial version of the rules that the Commission adopted, and I testified at public hearings on rules proposals and challenges. I reached out to statisticians at the Energy Information Administration and in state agencies to help me identify and recommend sound practices. I also negotiated with Xcel Energy staff to specify the metrics being requested and the data processing and aggregation practices being applied. Xcel Energy produced its first set of Community Energy Reports on its website in July 2016.

 

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