June 1, 2011 – Sponsored by Senator Mark Udall (Democrat-Colorado) and co-sponsored by Scott Brown (Republican-Massachusetts), the Electric Consumer Right to Know Act (S 1029)—or “e-KNOW” – would establish the right for electric consumers to more easily access their electric usage information and to benefit directly from the new information generated by the smart grid.
Dan Delurey, President of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG), says, “This is a very exciting bill and we applaud Senators Udall and Brown for introducing it. Research shows that consumers who get better information about their electricity usage become more energy efficient overall—to the tune of five to 15 percent more efficient. With e-Know in place, consumers will not be in the dark about how much they are spending or saving. Whether the goal is cutting carbon emissions or shrinking energy bills, consumers will have the power of information that they are used to getting in all other aspects of their lives and business activities.”
Delurey also notes that “Many consumers want to use energy more efficiently but can’t because they don’t know how much they are actually using. When the bill arrives at the end of the month it’s too late to turn off lights or ease-up the air conditioning at the beginning of the month.”
The e-Know bill also enables consumers to authorize companies that facilitate home energy efficiency to access their usage data by as well as allowing consumers to access information directly from home energy management systems and other energy-management products that are independent of the utility’s electric meter. Lastly, the legislation would ensure that the right to consumer-data access is technology neutral, allowing consumers to choose how they get and use their consumption information.
Tim Enwall, Chairman of the DRSG Board and Founder and Executive Vice President of Tendril explains, “e-Know will change how people consume electricity and make energy efficiency a matter of course, not a matter of will. The legislation will make buying electricity like going to the store. No longer will there be a surprise at the end of the month with the electric bill, just as at the grocery store you can see the price of milk before you get to the cash register.”