Illinois Empowers People with Cutting-Edge Energy-Use Data Standards

EDF statement from Dick Munson, Director, Midwest Clean Energy

March 29, 2016
Catherine Ittner, (512) 691-3458,

(CHICAGO – March 29, 2016) The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently embraced critical elements of the “Open Data Access Framework” developed by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB). The framework is made up of guidelines for protecting, collecting, and sharing energy-use data. The ICC’s decision creates standardized language so customers can securely share their data with third parties, and directs the implementation of Green Button Connect, part of national energy data standards developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“This decision represents a vital step toward giving Illinoisans unprecedented insight into their electricity use. By establishing a standard process for sharing data, the Illinois Commerce Commission is clearing the way for smarter energy choices that empower people to save money and cut pollution, without sacrificing their privacy or security.”

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