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Welch Introduces Legislation to Help Consumers Reduce Energy Consumption

February 7, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has introduced legislation to make energy and natural gas usage data available to consumers. Allowing consumers to access information about how and when they use energy will allow them to make informed decisions to reduce their energy use.

“Giving consumers control over their energy data will empower them to lower their energy bills,” said Welch. “Once they are able to safely and easily access this data, they can work to reduce their energy bills and reduce their impact on the environment. This is another commonsense idea whose time has come.”

“Access to buildings’ energy data offers insights on how a building uses energy and thus gives contractors and technology companies vital information to help building owners save energy through targeted energy efficiency upgrades,” said Keith Aldridge, President and CEO of the Building Performance Association. “We applaud Rep. Welch for tackling this issue and calling on the Department of Energy to establish best practices and a common set of guidelines for safe and secure energy data access.”

The Access to Consumer Energy Information Act (H.R. 5796):

  • Directs the Department of Energy to establish guidelines for utilities to securely share energy and natural gas data with consumers.
  • Allows the State Energy Program to provide grants to increase consumer access to energy use data.