State and Local Policy Database

Energy Data Access

Information about energy consumption is necessary to enable better energy management in homes, large buildings, and entire communities. Utilities are critical partners in providing customers, building owners, and local planners with energy usage data in a usable format. Local governments may require data on community-wide energy usage as well as building level data for community planning purposes or in order to evaluate the performance of building energy efficiency programs.

This sub-category includes information on two topics: Utility provision of aggregated building energy data to managers of large buildings ( automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR portfolio Manager); and advocacy by the local jurisdiction for improvements in energy data provision by utilities.

Neither Ohio Edison nor Dominion Energy Ohio provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Akron does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for the community planning and evaluation purposes. To our knowledge, the City of Akron does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

PNM does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. NM Gas has started providing automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for their Multi Family Program.  

The city of Albuquerque provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Albuquerque Progress Report. PNM provides community-wide energy usage information to community partners on an as-requested basis. Additionally, PNM provided county-wide energy consumption data to the city to assist with planning efforts in 2020. 

The City of Albuquerque advocates for better access to utility data for ratepayers by being involved in utility rate cases in the best interest of the City’s residents. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Neither PPL Electric nor UGI Utilities provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Allentown provides community-wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through its GHG Emissions Inventory. Both PPL Electric and UGI Utilities provided community-wide energy usage data as part of the inventory. The City of Allentown does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

In order for customers to access their own energy data, VEP&L makes use of the Green Button data sharing platform. Neither VEP&L nor Washington Gas provide Arlington’s building owners and managers with automatic benchmark data for inputting into Portfolio Manager. Community-wide energy data is provided by the electric and natural gas utilities for energy planning. Arlington does not advocate to the state for policy improvements in home energy data provision by the electric utility. 

Updated: May 2017

Georgia Power developed the Automated Benchmarking Tool to enable building owners and property managers to retrieve energy consumption data for upload to the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. The tool provides aggregate building usage data into a single virtual meter that can be used in Portfolio Manager to generate building benchmark score. The City of Atlanta has been working with Atlanta Gas Light to establish best practices for building owner data access in order in compliance with the Commercial Benchmarking Ordinance. Atlanta Gas Light and the City have also partnered to support the DOE's Better Building Energy Data Accelerator.

The city of Atlanta provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through Atlanta’s Clean Energy Plan. The city collects complete community-wide energy data covering all sectors. Georgia Power offers the City of Atlanta, the City of Athens, and the City of Savannah data through their Automated Benchmarking tool.

The city participates in Georgia Power's Demand-side Management Working Group, where the city advocated for increased availability of historic data through Georgia Power's Automated Benchmarking Tool, which now provides 24 months of aggregated data on a rolling basis. During the 2019 Integrated Resource Planning hearings, the city's chief resilience officer and director of sustainability met with each of the public service commissioners to discuss the city's priorities and the importance of maintaining the availability of Georgia Power's Automated Benchmarking Tool. The City's Chief Resilience Officer also sent a letter to the Public Service Commissioners about the City's priorities, which included advocating for the continuation of this tool.

Last Updated: July 2021

Georgia Power developed the Automated Benchmarking Tool (ABT) to enable building owners and property managers to retrieve energy consumption data for upload to the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. The tool provides aggregate building usage data into a single virtual meter that can be used in Portfolio Manager to generate building benchmark score. Atlanta Gas Light does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. 

The City of Augusta does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregative level for community planning or evaluation purposes. The City of Augusta does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Xcel provides the free automatic upload of monthly energy bill data to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts, including aggregated whole building data for buildings with four or more tenants. Xcel Energy provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Community Energy Reports on an annual basis. The City of Aurora does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Austin Energy provides the Schneider EPO (Austin Energy Load Profiler) at no cost to its commercial customers. Austin Energy provides community wide energy usage information for community planning and evaluation purposes through their Data Library.

Last Updated: August 2021

Southern California Gas provides automated benchmarking services to Portfolio Manager through its online AB802 platform for both commercial and multifamily buildings. The utility provides automatic data entry into Portfolio Manager and 14 months of historical data.

PG&E provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the public through its Energy Data Request Program. Energy data is publicly released on a monthly basis at the ZIP code level, with significant redaction or further aggregation as needed to comply with California energy data privacy regulations. Both utilities provide community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes.

The City of Bakersfield does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

BGE provides benchmarking for multi-family and commercial customers with automated energy consumption data inputs directly into the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  

The city of Baltimore provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their GHG Inventory and is requested and provided annually for reporting, planning, and evaluation purposes. BGE provides community-wide energy usage information to Baltimore City government agencies upon request for community planning and evaluation purposes. The 2019 Baltimore Sustainability Plan has identified "total electricity and natural gas consumption per capita" as a measure of success for tracking and reporting. 

In 2019, the Baltimore City Council passed Resolution 19-0127R, advocating for the Maryland General Assembly to create legislation requiring the Public Service Commission to collect and analyze retail electric and natural gas supplier actual rates, usage, and zip-code information and data for residential customers, eliminate retail supplier individual residential market contracts, make aggregated supply options that would lower costs available to households, and enact additional consumer pricing and contract safeguards for all Maryland residents who choose third-party energy supply. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Entergy Louisiana does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Baton Rouge does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Baton Rouge does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

The State of Alabama (ADECA) employs the State Energy Program to decrease energy consumption in public facilities such as K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, state and local governments as well as some privately owned commercial and residential buildings. Alabama Power assists the state by providing energy data related to these buildings for benchmarking with Portfolio Manager. The City of Birmingham does not provide energy usage information for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Birmingham does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Idaho Power nor Intermountain Natural Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

Boise receives annual community wide electricity usage from Idaho Power and Intermountain Gas and this information is incorpiorated into the city's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories. The city receives community-wide electricity use from Idaho Power on an annual basis. The City of Boise does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: August 2021

Eversource and National Grid both provide automated benchmarking services to building owners. Eversource supports customer use of the Portfolio Manager platform, including assisting customers with collecting proper data and entering facility information, including the creation of ‘virtual meters’ within the tool to create whole-building data views. Eversource has automated systems in place for aggregating multitenant/multifamily buildings in Eastern Massachusetts to support the Building Energy Reporting Disclosure Ordinance in Boston and the Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance in Cambridge. For customers outside of Boston and Cambridge, the utility supports customer use of the Portfolio Manager platform, including assisting customers with collecting proper data and entering facility information, including the creation of ‘virtual meters’ within the tool to create whole-building data views. National Grid provides technical assistance for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, which includes assistance collecting proper data and entering in facility information.

Boston collects and shares data on electricity and natural gas consumption for residential, commercial, and municipal buildings/infrastructure available for the past five years through their Greenhouse Gas and Energy Inventory Page. The city also provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Community Choice Electricity (CCE) municipal program. Through the City of Boston Municipal Aggregation program (Community Choice Electricity). Boston will have access to the electricity consumption of 200,000+ residential, commercial, industrial, and public sector customers beginning in March 2020 (received monthly). This data can and will be used for community planning and the evaluation of future public awareness and energy investment decisions.

The City of Boston actively advocates for policies requiring utilities to expand the availability and granularity of energy usage data through its membership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, which has a seat on the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, and through requests to the state legislature.

Last Updated: July 2021

In order for customers to access their own energy data, Xcel makes use of the Green Button data sharing platform. Whole-building aggregated data can be obtained by building managers obtaining individual consent forms from all tenants and aggregating consumption data themselves. The City of Boulder has access to community-wide electricity and natural gas usage information in the form of standard reports that are subject to the California “15/15 Rule.” To advocate for polices requiring utilities to expand the availability and granularity of energy usage data, Boulder collaborates with other local governments to recommend that the PUC and Xcel Energy authorize whole-building aggregated data, adopt Green Button or other national data standards, and provide additional data related to energy services (such as participation in energy efficiency programs). The city also worked through the Colorado PUC dockets to help change data privacy rules and expect changes to go into effect at the end of 2015.

Last Updated: October 2015

Southern Connecticut Gas and United Illuminating provide automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for commercial buildings. The City of Bridgeport publishes community-wide energy data on an online dashboard through the Energize CT Clean Energy Communities Initiative. The utilities also provide energy usage data to the Energize CT website. The City of Bridgeport does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

National Grid provides building owners support to use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool through the EPA Portolo Manager.  The city of Buffalo does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes.  

The City of Buffalo registered comments with the NY PSC requesting additional transparency regarding data. The comments were submitted on August 8, 2017, during the most recent National Grid New York PSC rate case (Case # 17-E-0238). 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Burlington Electric is in the process of launching Energy Engage for commercial accounts, which will provide consumption data through smart meter data. Energy Engage is already in place for residential accounts. At this point, Burlington Electric does not provide Burlington’s building managers and owners with automatic whole-building aggregate data for inputting into Portfolio Manager. Burlington Electric provides community aggregate energy usage data to Efficiency Vermont for the state mapping project.

At this point, the City of Burlington does not yet advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by the electric or natural gas utilities.

Last Updated: October 2015

Neither Lee County Electric Coop nor TECO Peoples Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Cape Coral does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level. The City of Cape Coral does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: June 2021  

Duke provides customers with Personalized Energy Reports, which display monthly trends, compares a customer’s account to other similar accounts, and provides a portal to available energy efficiency programs. At this time, Duke does not provide building managers and owners with an automatic benchmarking service for use in Portfolio Manager.  Aggregate energy usage information is available upon request from Duke for community-planning.  Carrboro actively advocates for polices requiring utilities to expand the availability and granularity of energy usage data.

Last Updated: April 2014

Dominion Energy South Carolina does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  The City of Charleston does not provide community-wide energy usage information for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Charleston does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Duke Energy Carolinas nor Piedmont Natural Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. Charlotte receives community-wide energy usage information from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas for the city’s annual greenhouse gas inventory.

The City of Charlotte has advocated for better access to utility data by submitting public comments for the NC Executive Order 80 Clean Energy Plan. The City provided comments related to better data access in Sections C-1 and K-2 of the Clean Energy Plan. Charlotte also entered an MOU with Duke Energy that encourages transparency and data sharing between the city and utility.

Last Updated: July 2021

In order for customers to access their own energy data, VEP&L makes data from the previous month's usage available online in a downloadable format.  VEP&L currently does not provide Charlottesville’s building owners and managers with automatic benchmark data for inputting into Portfolio Manager.  Community-wide energy data is provided by the electric utility for energy planning at the sector level.  Charlottesville does not advocate to the state for policy improvements in home energy data provision by the electric utility, but the city has an informal agreement for the utility to provide aggregated monthly energy data for a four year period due to the city’s anticipated participation in the Georgetown University Energy Prize.

Last Updated: October 2015

ComEd provides automated benchmarking services to building owners. ComEd's Energy Usage Data Tool provides monthly aggregate electric data to buildings with four or more tenants. Buildings covered under the Chicago Benchmarking Ordinance can comply with the ordinance by using data provided by the tool. Peoples Gas provides data upon request that can be uploaded into Portfolio Manager, but it is not an automated service.

ComEd and Peoples Gas provide energy usage data to the city who uses the data in their planning processes. The city’s greenhouse gas inventory includes community-wide energy data. The city has released greenhouse gas inventories for the years 2005, 2010, 2015, and 2017 (released in 2020).

The City of Chicago continues to advocate for polices that require their utilities to expand the availability and granularity of energy usage data. The city also regularly works with utilities to ensure their data access tools are operating as intended. If the City receives any complaints or hears of issues through its Energy Benchmarking Help Center or other resources, the City works with the utilities to address the issues until they are resolved.

Last Updated: July 2021

San Diego Electric & Gas required to provide whole-building aggregated energy usage data for compliance with AB 802 to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager or by providing the aggregated energy usage data in a Portfolio Manager template that the customer can upload. Building Owners or the Owner’s Agent can obtain whole-building aggregated energy usage data from utilities into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager by providing just the building address.

The city works with regional planning partners to provide energy usage information every two years as a part of the city’s greenhouse gas inventories.

The City of Chula Vista has participated on the California Public Utilities Commission Energy Data Access Committee in an effort to receive better information about community energy use. The City has also signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with SDG&E to receive more complete community energy usage data. For the most recent GHG inventory, the City partnered with an academic institution, the University of San Diego's Energy Policy Initiative Center (EPIC) to get better access to our energy data. With the launch of the 2021 Commercial and Multifamily Benchmarking ordinance, the City will have access to energy data on all multifamily, commercial and industrial buildings in the city that are 20,000 square feet and above.

Last Updated: July 2021

Duke Energy Ohio does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

Duke Energy Ohio provides energy usage data to the city who uses the data in their planning processes, yet this data is not made available to the public.  The City of Cincinnati does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Neither FirstEnergy (Cleveland Electric Illuminating) nor Dominion Energy Ohio provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. 

Dominion East Ohio and Cleveland Public Power and FirstEnergy provide city-wide electricity and natural gas data to the city on an annual basis. Dominion and CPP have provided data as recent as 2019, and FirstEnergy has provided data as recent as 2017. The city continues to request this data.  

Under its Climate Action Plan, the City of Cleveland has begun to advocate for improvements in data provision by the utilities. The City is actively in the process of incorporating data access into their advocacy efforts in relation to Ohio's most recent Renewable Portfolio Standard and Energy Efficiency Resource Standard rollback attempts at the state level. The City also works closely with the Department of Energy's Better Buildings accelerator programs, as well as the regional Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, to advocate for better data access. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Colorado Springs Utilities does not currently provide automated ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking for multi-tenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The City of Colorado Springs does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes.

The City of Colorado Springs does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Dominion Energy South Carolina does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily building. The City of Columbia does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Columbia does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

AEP Ohio has partnered with Columbia Gas for automated benchmarking for gas and electric services in the portfolio manager. The City of Columbus is working with Columbia Gas to expand their data access solutions to include multifamily data, and the city has also invested in an Automated Benchmarking Program to provide whole-building monthly data to City of Columbus Division of Power and Division of Water customers. 

The City of Columbus provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through the Carbon Disclosure Project.  

Since summer 2019, the City has met at least monthly with energy efficiency program staff at AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio to ensure that whole-building data access solutions are in place for commercial and multifamily building owners. Meeting topics have included but are not limited to: best practices for conducting meter-mapping for multi-tenant properties; data privacy solutions to protect tenant anonymity; data access solutions that are compatible with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager; the importance of data access for community-wide climate action goals. In part, these meetings have led to Columbia Gas upgrading their automated benchmarking program to include access for large multifamily properties in addition to commercial and industrial, and AEP Ohio identifying alternative funding sources to continue providing whole-building data for commercial and multifamily building owners despite House Bill 6 eliminating their energy efficiency funding and programs, including their legacy automated benchmarking program. In addition, the city of Columbus has been working with partners on an Ohio utility data disclosure project where participating cities would gain access to residential and small business gas and electric utility data not typically made available by the investor-owned utilities.

Last Updated: August 2021  

Neither Oncor nor Atmos Energy provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

Oncor provides energy usage data to the city who uses the data in their planning processes, yet this data is not made available to the public. The most recent data was gathered for the GHG inventory for 2015. This data will be updated as part of the 2019 GHG inventory.  

The city of Dallas advocates for better data access. The Dallas Comprehensive Environment & Climate Action Plan (CECAP) includes B3, Develop Clear and Comprehensive Educational Program for Building Owners and Tenants About Existing Energy Efficiency Programs.   

Last Updated:  July 2021  

Neither AES Ohio nor Vectren provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  The City of Dayton does not provide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Dayton does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Xcel Energy does provide free automatic upload of monthly energy bill data to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts, including aggregated whole building data for buildings with four or more tenants.

The City of Denver regularly intervenes in Colorado Public Utility Commission proceedings regarding Xcel's energy efficiency portfolio and plans to advocate for policies that more easily allow utility customers to share their own data with a third party for analysis. The City and County of Denver also advocates for better aggregation standards, whole building data access, and improved community energy reports. Additionally, as part of the City Energy Project, Denver worked to accelerate access to energy data to improve building efficiency.

The city of Denver and Xcel Energy provide community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through Xcel’s Community Energy Reports on an annual basis.

Last Updated: July 2021

MidAmerican Energy does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The city’s 2017 greenhouse gas inventory includes energy usage data for residential and non-residential sectors. The City of Des Moines does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

DTE Energy does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Detroit does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Detroit does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

In order for customers to access their own energy data, InterState Power & Light makes energy data available in a downloadable and readable format. At this point, InterState Power & Light does not provide Dubuque’s building owners and managers with automatic whole-building aggregate energy usage data for inputting into Portfolio Manager. The utilities do not publically release community aggregate energy usage data for program planning and evaluation. At this point, the City of Dubuque does not advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by the electric or natural gas utilities.

Last Updated: October 2013

Neither El Paso Electric nor Texas Gas Service provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of El Paso does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. 

The City of El Paso does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: August 2021

Neither ONCOR nor ATMOS Energy provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Fort Worth does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Fort Worth does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

PG&E's Building Benchmarking Portal provides aggregate whole-building energy usage data in their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to building owners.

PG&E provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the public through its Energy Data Request Program. Energy data is publicly released on a monthly basis at the ZIP code level, with significant redaction or further aggregation as needed to comply with California energy data privacy regulations.

The City of Fresno does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Consumers Energy nor DTE Energy provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy provide energy usage data to the city who uses the data in their planning processes, yet this data is not made available to the public. The city of Grand Rapids is working with the utilities to have these data disaggregated and available to the public.  

The City of Grand Rapids negotiates with both utilities to provide better data access to help residents and businesses within the city. Grand Rapids and Consumers Energy are partnering on a data access pilot. The City also advocates to state legislators on proposed bills required utility companies to provide better access to utility data. 

Last Updated: August 2021  

Neither Duke Energy Carolinas nor Piedmont Natural Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Greensboro does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Greensboro does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Both Connecticut Natural Gas and Eversource provide automated benchmarking data to building managers for automated input into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The city of Hartford provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their state energy dashboard which is updated annually.

The City of Hartford advocates for utility bill transparency its comments to the state, including through Department of Energy and Environmental Protection regarding the Governor's Executive Order 3 and testifying to the state legislature on SB 882 Climate Change Mitigation and Home Energy Affordability. The Office has also testified on several energy-related topics including virtual net metering, energy stretch codes, and transportation emissions reductions

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither NV Energy nor Southwest Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Henderson does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Henderson does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Neither Hawai’i Electric nor Hawai’i Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The city of Honolulu does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City does have access to and use energy data for internal planning purposes. 

The City, through its Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency submitted supportive testimony urging passage of Hawai’i Senate Bill 1442 which would have required the public utilities commission to improve utility data access and transparency. The City is in the process of implementing a Building Energy Benchmarking and Transparency program with assistance from the Institute for Market Transformation through a grant award from the American Cities Climate Challenge. The goal is to propose and adopt a benchmarking ordinance, and access to utility data is a significant element of this program. In addition, the City is an intervening party in PUC Docket 2018-0088 as an advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers and the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: August 2021 

CenterPoint Energy does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

The city of Houston provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their GHG emissions inventory. CenterPoint and Entergy provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level to the City upon request. The most recent request was made in 2020 for the 2019 GHG emissions inventory update

The City of Houston, as part of the City Energy Project, is working to accelerate access to energy data to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Neither AES Indiana nor Citizens Energy Group provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The City receives community-wide energy usage data every three years for GHG inventory purposes. The city also publishes community-wide energy usage data through the Thrive Indianapolis plan.

The City of Indianapolis advocated for improved access to customer utility data as the city developed its benchmarking ordinance. 

Last Updated: August 2021

TECO Peoples Gas does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. JEA can provide benchmarking services if housing units have individual meters. JEA provides Jacksonville with energy usage information on a monthly basis, though the city does not make this data available to the public for planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Jacksonville does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Evergy provides whole-building data to customers. Kansas City provides community-wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their City GHG inventories. Evergy and Spire Energy have each published annual reports addressing energy use. They have worked with the City to provide data for the annual GHG inventory updates and will be publishing their GHG inventory in 2021 to reflect 2019 data.

Kansas City and Evergy also partnered on the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative, Energy Data Accelerator, to facilitate better access to energy usage data.

Last Updated: July 2021

Knoxville Utilities Board does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. However, KUB does provide an online data portal for customers to view and manage their utility consumption data.

KUB provides some community building energy usage data to support the city’s GHG inventories. The City has included some community energy data in its 2009, 2014, and 2017 GHG inventories.

The City of Knoxville does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Lakeland Electric nor TECO Peoples Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Lakeland does not provide communitywide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Lakeland does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither NV Energy nor Southwest Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

NV Energy and Southwest Gas provides annual aggregate community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes. The city includes energy usage data for residential, commercial, industrial, and civic sectors in the 2050 Master Plan.  

The City of Las Vegas does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021 

Westar Energy has a smartmeter pilot project providing customers with access to almost-real-time energy usage data through the smartmeter. Westar provides aggregated usage data for multi-tenant and multifamily upon request. Lawrence has requested community level data in the past from both Black Hills and Westar and they have provided aggregate level data divided into Residential, Commercial, and Industrial customers.  At this point, the City of Lawrence does not advocate to the state for improvements in data provision by the electric or natural gas utilities.

Last Updated: October 2013

Neither Entergy Arkansas nor CenterPoint Energy (AR) provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Little Rock does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Little Rock does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

SCE provides building managers, contractors, and tenants with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. SCE provides energy usage data to the city who uses the data in their planning processes, yet this data is not made available to the public. SCE provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the local government and customers through its Energy Data reports. SCE releases certain high level aggregated data to the public for use in planning and evaluation. This data is aggregated by zip code for different rate classes (i.e., residential, commercial, industrial, and agriculture), and updated on a quarterly basis. Natural gas data is not available at the city-level.

The City of Long Beach does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: August 2021

Southern California Gas and LADWP both provide automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Owners of multi-tenant commercial and multi-family residential buildings can work with LADWP to link all building accounts under one “master” account with appropriate permissions and documentation. SoCal Gas provides automated benchmarking services to building managers or owners.

The city of Los Angeles provides some community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Sustainable City pLAn annual reports. LADWP also reports aggregate community-wide energy usage information to the state's energy commission annually. Municipalities can also request monthly usage data at the aggregate level from SoCalGas.

The City of Los Angeles undertook an active role at the state level to support the adoption of AB 802, which now requires utilities in California to provide aggregated whole building energy data to building owners upon request. This removes the barriers around privacy thresholds and will streamline the process for owners. The city has also partnered with LADWP and SoCal Gas in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, and the Energy Data Accelerator, to facilitate better access to energy usage data.

Last Updated: July 2021

Louisville Gas & Electric does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. Louisville has access to community energy use data that they use internally, but this data is not available to the public. 

The City of Louisville does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021 

Madison Gas & Electric does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. However, MGE does have a benchmarking tool that customers can access through their MyAccount portal, allowing commercial customers to see how their annual electric and natural gas use stack up to similar buildings. MGE also partnered with Slipstream and the City of Madison on a project that married customer consumption data (gas and electric) with tax data including square footage. With this information, Slipstream benchmarked the commercial and industrial customers using EPA's Portfolio Manager, identifying energy saving opportunities.

The City of Madison has requested community-wide energy usage information for the city’s GHG inventories. The most recent carbon emissions inventory report for Madison was published in 2017 with 2014 data. MGE provides the city with energy use data and share annualized consumption data for climate and emissions tracking purposes.

The City of Madison is a member of the Wisconsin Local Government Climate Coalition which advocates for increase data sharing and transparency between and among stakeholders.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither American Electric Power (TX) nor Texas Gas Service provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of McAllen does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning or evaluation purposes. The City of McAllen does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Memphis Light, Gas & Water does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The City of Memphis provides community-wide energy usage data for communing planning and evaluation purposes by service territory through MLGW’s annual reports.

The City of Memphis does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Salt River Project provides whole-building automated benchmarking data to commercial customers. The City of Mesa release community-wide energy usage data for residential, commercial, and public sectors on an open data portal. The City of Mesa does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Florida City Gas does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. FPL provides building benchmarking data upon request.

Miami publishes aggregated community-wide energy use data in its GHG inventory reports. The next GHG inventory will cover 2020 data and the city will begin working it at the end of 2021. The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County are also working collaboratively with FPL to automate the data disclosure process.

The City of Miami does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. However, the City is part of the City Energy Project and is working toward passing a benchmarking ordinance, hopefully by the end of 2020. Buildings will be required to benchmark in 2021, and data will be publicly disclosed in 2022.

Last Updated: July 2021

We Energies does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The city of Milwaukee does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes.  In terms of advocacy for policy improvements in data provisions, Milwaukee currently undertakes advocacy efforts though the Refresh Milwaukee plan. 

Last Updated: June 2021  

Both Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy provide whole-building data to customers. Xcel Energy provides a direct feed of whole-building energy usage data from their metered data repository into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Beginning in 2020, the Company’s MFBE program will offer benchmarking services to those customers who are interested. CenterPoint Energy launched a data access and benchmarking portal that offers a secure, online solution to request and receive whole-building natural gas energy use data that automatically transfers data to ENERGY STAR portfolio Manager. CenterPoint Energy has not yet assessed customer usage of the benchmarking portal.

The city of Minneapolis provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their annual Clean Energy Partnership reports. The 2019 Annual Report as the most recent aggregate energy use data. CenterPoint Energy provides aggregated community-wide energy usage information upon requests. Since 2013, CenterPoint Energy has released annual community-wide usage data by sector (i.e., residential, commercial, industrial) to the City of Minneapolis. Xcel Energy also provides Community Energy Reports when requested from a city.

The City of Minneapolis advocates for data access on behalf of utility customers within the city. The City most recently advocated for MN Public Utilities Commission Docket No. E,G-999/M-19-505 Data Access.

Last Updated: July

PEPCO and Washington Gas provide automated benchmarking services for input into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. At this time, Montgomery County does not advocate for policies requiring its utilities to expand the available or granularity of energy usage data.

Last updated: December 2019

Neither Nashville Electric Service nor Piedmont Natural Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The city requests community scale electricity and gas usage from the utilities when compiling its GHG emission inventories. The city completed its most recent GHG inventory of 2017 data.

The City of Nashville does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities, but the city meetings annually with TVA to facilitate communication and data sharing between the parties.

Last Updated: July 2021

Southern Connecticut Gas provides automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for commercial buildings. United Illuminating provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes for the city through the ENERGIZE CT website. The City of New Haven does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

In 2019, Entergy New Orleans created an automated solution that aggregates usage data of multitenant buildings and automatically transmits it to Portfolio Manager. In order to participate, buildings need four or more active meters or consent from all tenants. Smart meters are also being installed by Entergy New Orleans. The City of New Orleans does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning or evaluation purposes.

The City of New Orleans does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

ConEdison developed software to aggregate electric energy usage by building address for automated entry into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and for use by building managers to better help commercial and multifamily customers with benchmarking and compliance with Local Law 84.

The city of New York provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Inventory of New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions website. The website includes data on stationary energy (i.e., energy used by buildings and other stationary sources, as well as fugitive emission from natural gas distribution within city limits), transportation (i.e., on-road transportation, railways, marine navigation, and aviation within city limits), and waste (i.e., wastewater treatment within city limits and solid waste generated within the city).

The Mayor's Office of Sustainability has advocated for data access in filings submitted to the Public Service Commission and Joint Utilities. The efforts have resulted in the 4/50 threshold, where tenant waivers are required if a building has 4 accounts or fewer of if any one account makes up 50% or more of total energy consumption in that building. The city recently submitted comments to the Public Service Commission on the creation of a statewide Integrated Energy Data Resource to provide a solution to data access needs.

Last Updated: August 2021

PSE&G does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Newark does collect community-wide energy usage data from the utilities, but the city does not make this available to the public for planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Newark does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

PG&E's Building Benchmarking Portal provides aggregate whole-building energy usage data in their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to building owners. PG&E uses the Green Button data sharing platform for electricity data only. The utility provides automatic data entry into Portfolio Manager if given written consent by the customer.

PG&E provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the public through its Energy Data Request Program. Energy data is publicly released on a monthly basis at the ZIP code level, with significant redaction or further aggregation as needed to comply with California energy data privacy regulations. In addition, Oakland publishes bi-annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory Reports, which provide existing emissions to help guide policy aimed at reducing emissions.

 The City of Oakland advocates for policy improvements in data access through the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition, the California Energy Commission, and the PUC. The City has provided letters of support for a variety of data sharing initiatives, most recently support for California Assembly Bill 612.  Most data sharing agreements and advocacy is done outside of traditional public proceedings.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Oklahoma Gas & Electric nor Oklahoma Natural Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

Oklahoma City does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes.  

The City of Oklahoma City does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Neither Omaha Public Power District nor Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Omaha does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Omaha does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Orlando Utilities Commission nor TECO Peoples Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The city of Orlando provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their annual community reports. The City also utilized prior community-wide energy consumption as foundational data for the development of the Green Building Incentive Program, launched in January 2021 in partnership with the city’s Economic Development department. OUConsumption Online is now live and allows residential and commercial customers access to the AMI meter data at hourly intervals.

The City of Orlando is in the process of working to accelerate data provision by its utilities.The city continually advocates for utility data access through letters written by the Mayor to the state government on related advocacy items. As a result of the city's successful advocacy, OUC makes customer usage data available through their website and has developed new proceducures to facilitate data sharing to OUC customers.

Last Updated: August 2021

Southern California Gas provides energy use to Portfolio Manager through its online AB802 platform for both commercial and multifamily buildings. The utility provides automatic data entry into Portfolio Manager and 14 months of historical data. The city does not provide community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes, but municipalities can request such data from SoCalGas. The City of Oxnard does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Rocky Mountain Power has committed to providing the Green Button data sharing platform, but has not yet implemented the service. Rocky Mountain Power currently does not provide Park City’s building owners and managers with automatic benchmark data for inputting into Portfolio Manager. Any customer may authorize Rocky Mountain Power to share energy usage data with a designated third party. Park City advocate to the state for improvements in home energy data provision by the electric utility.

Last Updated: October 2015

PECO's Smart Energy Usage Data Tool provides monthly whole-building energy usage data for residential and commercial properties with 1 account or 4 or more accounts. Data can be uploaded into Portfolio Manager to receive a building's benchmarking score.

The city of Philadelphia provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Municipal Energy Use Dashboard.

The city advocates to the state for improved data-sharing-by-utilities legislation as part of the energy benchmarking and disclosure legislative process. Philadelphia is also a part of national conversations around data access through its participation in the Department of Energy’s Data Accelerator and through efforts by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network to develop and advocate for national data aggregation standards.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Arizona Public Service nor Southwest Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The city of Phoenix provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their GHG emissions inventories, which includes utility data. APS provides aggregated energy use by zip code to the City of Phoenix for use in these reports. The city successfully worked with the three utilities to collect data for their GHG inventory update.

The City of Phoenix advocates for better data access by receiving automated data exchange monthly with APS for all utility accounts, which it imports into the City-owned software called Energy Cap. The City Council also approved an Memorandum of Understanding with APS to work together on a number items.

Last Updated: July 2021

Duquesne Light provides building owners or managers with automatic benchmarking data for use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The City of Pittsburgh provides community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes through its Climate Action Plan 3.0 and 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory report. The energy utilities provide annual energy use to the city.  

The City of Pittsburgh does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Pacific Power provides automated energy usage to multitenant building managers for use with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The City's Commercial Building Energy Performance Reporting Ordinance requires energy utilities to provide a building owner with access to the aggregate monthly energy consumption data for all utility meters identified by the owner. As part of the ordinance implementation, Portland's energy utilities agreed to waive tenant data release forms if a building has five or more separately metered tenants.

While Portland General Electric provides energy usage data to the city who uses the data in their planning processes, yet this data is not made available to the public.

Last Updated: July 2021

Narragansett Electric provides building owners support to use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. The city of Providence provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their online sustainability dashboard. The City of Providence has been working closely with the state and Narragansett Electric to get building energy data available to ratepayers.

Last Updated: July 2021

Provo Power provides whole-building benchmarking services to customers. The City of Provo does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Provo does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Neither Duke Energy Progress nor PSNC Energy provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The City of Raleigh worked with Duke Energy Progress to acquire aggregated data in support of the development of a community greenhouse gas inventory, which includes 2007 and 2010 data. The City also participates in the NC Cities Initiative, including several NC municipalities and the State Government discussing issues related to energy and potential future strategies. Stakeholders including the utilities have been involved in these conversations and data availability and access for municipalities and ratepayers is a discussion topic. The city also provided comments to the Public Utilities Commission on Duke Energy’s recent IRP.

Last Updated: July 2021

NV Energy does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.

The city’s 2017 Sustainability Report includes a greenhouse gas inventory with some community energy emissions data. The City of Reno does not regularly collect community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Reno does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Dominion Virginia Power nor Richmond Department of Public Utilities provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

The city of Richmond provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes. Richmond requests and receives community wide (residential, commercial, industrial) energy usage on an annual basis, which they use to update the city’s GHG Inventory. 

The City of Richmond advocates to the state for policy improvements in home energy data provision by the electric utility. The City is a member of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) which is advocating on this issue. The city also participated in a benchmarking summit convened by the Governor’s Office and DMME where this was access to data was a key issue. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Riverside Public Utilities provides electricity data to customers upon request. SoCalGas provides energy use to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager through its online AB802 platform for both commercial and multifamily buildings.  

RPU provides community-wide energy usage data for community planning through its integrated resource planning documents. SoCalGas provides natural gas data to the city upon request.  

The City of Riverside, through Riverside Public Utilities, supports state programs and actively participates in program development at the California Energy Commission. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Rochester Gas & Electric does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

The city of Rochester provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Utility Energy Registry (UER). The UER is a project adopted by the New York State Public Service Commission and managed by NYSERDA. It offers streamlined, public access to community-level data on electricity and natural gas consumption. Utilities report data to the UER every six months, so communities update GHG inventories and track progress toward climate goals over time. 

The City of Rochester does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities  

Last Updated: July 2021  

PG&E's Building Benchmarking Portal provides aggregate whole-building energy usage data in their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to building owners. PG&E uses the Green Button data sharing platform for electricity data only. The utility provides automatic data entry into Portfolio Manager if given written consent by the customer. SMUD provides automated benchmarking through ENERGY STAR for multifamily buildings with 20 units or more and for multitenant commercial buildings.

The city of Sacramento provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their community-wide inventory which will form the baseline for creating new energy programs for the residential and nonresidential sectors. SMUD provides community-wide energy usage upon request. Generally, this information is provided annually in conjunction with General Planning and/or Climate Action annual reports and more robust data is provided approximately every 5 years as local plans and GHG baselines are updated. PG&E provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the public through its Energy Data Request Program. Energy data is publicly released on a monthly basis at the ZIP code level, with significant redaction or further aggregation as needed to comply with California energy data privacy regulations.  

The City of Sacramento does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Xcel Energy  provides free automatic upload of monthly energy bill data to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts, including aggregated whole building data for buildings with four or more tenants. Beginning in 2020, the Company’s MFBE program offered benchmarking services to those customers who are interested.

The city of Saint Paul and Xcel Energy provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Xcel Energy Partners in Energy program and is Xcel Energy’s annual Community Energy Report. The Regional Indicators Initiative also provides complete energy data for residential, commercial, and municipal buildings. Municipal buildings data is included in the commercial buildings figure. Municipal buildings are benchmarked using B3 software and is publicly available.

The City of Saint Paul does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Both Rocky Mountain Power and Dominion Energy provide free automated energy benchmarking services for their commercial customers. Rocky Mountain Power’s Resource Advisor and Dominion Energy’s Business Benchmarking automatically uploads monthly energy data into participating customer’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager accounts. Salt Lake City provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through the Carbon Disclosure Project. The utility provides Salt Lake City with community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level on an annual basis.  

Rocky Mountain Power and Dominion Energy signed on with Salt Lake City to partner on the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative Energy Data Accelerator agreement. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

CPS Energy (City of San Antonio) does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. 

The city of San Antonio provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their annual reports and is also covered in detail through the GHG inventory which is conducted every other year. 

The City of San Antonio joined a data sharing agreement with CPS Energy, San Antonio Housing Authority, and San Antonio Water System.

Last Updated: August 2021  

SDG&E provides automated benchmarking services. The utility uses the Green Button data sharing platform where customers can access 17 historical months of data upon registration. SDG&E sends 36 months of historical usage data to Portfolio Manager and monthly updates on an ongoing automated basis. SDG&E also provides community energy usage data on a per-request basis. SDG&E has completed their benchmarking request web portal for building-owners to comply with AB802.

The city of San Diego provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Climate Action Plan monitoring process. The 2020 Climate Action Plan annual update indicates the comprehensive energy consumption data per sector.

SDG&E signed on with the City of San Diego to partner on the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative, Energy Data Accelerator, to facilitate better access to energy usage data. The city has also been working with SDG&E through the State’s Energy Data Access Committee to improve data accessibility.

Last Updated: July 2021

PG&E uses the Green Button data sharing platform for electricity data only. The utility provides automatic data entry into Portfolio Manager if given written consent by the customer. The City of San Francisco and PG&E participated in the US DOE Energy Data Accelerator. In addition, San Francisco, through the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC), participated in CPUC’s Energy Data Access proceeding.

PG&E provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the public through its Energy Data Request Program. Energy data is publicly released on a monthly basis at the ZIP code level, with significant redaction or further aggregation as needed to comply with California energy data privacy regulations. In addition, PG&E provides citywide energy usage data annually by fuel and customer segment for use in the city’s greenhouse gas inventory. In 2020, BayREN launched the BayREN Energy Atlas, which combines energy usage data with demographic and geographic data prior to publication, allowing more accurate and detailed insight within the limits of California's energy data regulations.

The City of San Francisco and PG&E participated in the US DOE Energy Data Accelerator. In addition, San Francisco, through the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC), participated in CPUC’s Energy Data Access proceeding and served on the Energy Data Access Committee. San Francisco is currently a partner to the Energy Data Vault, a US DOE-funded project developing open source tools and standard methods for the application of differential privacy to advance the distribution of energy usage data and attributes while complying with applicable laws protecting consumer and business energy data privacy.

Last Updated: July 2021

PG&E's provides automated benchmarking services through Portfolio Manager to multitenant commercial and multifamily properties. The City of San José has a data sharing agreement with PG&E, and the City also advocates for policy improvements directly to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on an annual basis.

The city of San José provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Inventory of Community-wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions. San José receives annual community-wide energy consumption data from PG&E. Residential, commercial, and industrial electricity and natural gas consumption data are available in the 2017 community-wide GHG inventory

The City of San José has a data sharing agreement with PG&E, and the City also advocates for policy improvements directly to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on an annual basis. PG&E makes aggregated community usage data available to all the cities and counties in their service territory. They provide yearly data broken down by type (electric vs. gas) and sector (e.g., Residential, Commercial, etc.).

The City advocates for policy improvements directly to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on an annual basis. San José advocated for CA Assembly Bill 802. The City of San José also assists California Distributed Generation Statistics, the official public reporting site of the California Solar Initiative (CSI), with quality control and reporting of solar photovoltaic data by zip code for residential and non-residential sectors. CDGS is presented jointly by the CSI Program Administrators, GRID Alternatives, the California Investor Owned Utilities, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Last Updated: July 2021

PREPA does not provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of San Juan does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of San Juan does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021 

Seattle provides automated benchmarking services through Portfolio Manager. PSE signed on with the City of Seattle to partner on the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative, Energy Data Accelerator, to facilitate better access to energy usage data.

Seattle receives annual energy consumption data at the aggregate level (commercial, residential, and industrial sectors) from Seattle City Light and PSE for the purposes of compiling their GHG emissions inventory report. The data can be viewed under the Tracking Metrics section of the 2018 Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory report.

Last Updated: July 2021

Eversource supports customer use of the Portfolio Manager platform, including assisting customers with collecting proper data and entering facility information, including the creation of ‘virtual meters’ within the tool to create whole-building data views.  

Eversouce provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through the state’s energy data dashboard. Eversource publishes energy consumption aggregated to the municipal level to a publicly available dashboard in Massachusetts and the data is updated annually. 

The City of Springfield does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Ameren and Spire provides automated benchmarking services. Ameren created a new tool called the Benchmarking & Energy Efficiency Portal (BEEP) so building owners can get monthly, electric data automatically uploaded to properties created in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The city of St. Louis provides community wide energy usage information for planning and evaluation purposes through their Annual Benchmarking Report.  

The City of St. Louis does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Provision of Energy Data by Utilities

Neither Duke Energy Florida nor TECO Peoples Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of St. Petersburg uses and publishes community-wide emissions data, using energy-use data, through its GHG inventory as well as planning documents.

The City of St. Petersburg does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: August 2021

PG&E's Building Benchmarking Portal provides aggregate whole-building energy usage data in their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to building owners. The city has community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. PG&E provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the public through its Energy Data Request Program. Energy data is publicly released on a monthly basis at the ZIP code level, with significant redaction or further aggregation as needed to comply with California energy data privacy regulations. The City of Stockton does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

National Grid provides building owners support to use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool through the EPA Portolo Manager. Syracuse published 2017 building benchmarking data, yet does not provide annual community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level.  The City of Syracuse does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

TECO provides automated benchmarking services if requested by the building owner. The City of Tampa does not provide community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. However, Tampa Electric Co. can provide such data to the city if requested. The City of Tampa does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Columbia Gas provides automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for commercial and industrial customers. Columbia Gas partnered with AEP Ohio on the Benchmarking energy platform so that jointly served customers can have both their natural gas usage and their electricity usage benchmarked on a single website. The City of Toledo does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Toledo does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Tucson Electric Power Co. nor Southwest Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Tucson does not provide community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning or evaluation purposes. The City of Tucson does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

PSO, with assistance from local companies THG and Trane, provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. PSO is developing an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager offering.  The City of Tulsa does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning or evaluation purposes. The City of Tulsa does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Dominion Virginia Power nor Virginia Natural Gas (AGL Resources) provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Virginia Beach does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. The City of Virginia Beach is a member of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) which advocates on the issue of data sharing by utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021

Both PEPCO and Washington Gas are required to provide automated benchmarking services through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  Pepco offers an online energy management tool, Resource Advisor, which allows users to access aggregate building electricity data on a monthly basis and automatically transfer this data to Portfolio Manager. Resource Advisor is free to use and can be utilized by any building with five or more individually metered electric accounts. Washington Gas offers a similar automated benchmarking service, Utilli, which electronically accesses and pulls aggregate natural gas usage data and automatically sends the data to Portfolio Manager. This service is also free to use and can be utilized by any building with five or more individually metered natural gas accounts.

The District passed the Sustainable  which mandated utilities to provide automated benchmarking services to customers. In addition, the District's Department of Energy and Environment operates an energy benchmarking Help Center to provide building owners and property managers with the tools to access, understand, and report their utility data. Improved benchmarking data allows the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) to identify buildings and customer groups with the greatest savings potential and target ratepayer dollars where they are needed more.

The District of Columbia publishes community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes through its Greenhouse Gas Inventories. The first greenhouse gas inventory was released in 2006, and the city releases an annual inventory with data available for 2009–2019.

In 2020, the District Government advocated for the electric utility to implement Green Button Connect My Data to streamline the sharing of customer data with third parties.

Last Updated: July 2021

Neither Evergy nor Kansas Gas Service provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings.  

The city of Wichita does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. 

The City of Wichita does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021  

Neither Duke Energy Carolinas nor Piedmont Natural Gas provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. The City of Winston-Salem does not provide community-wide energy usage information at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes, but the city has requested such data from the utilities in 2020. The City of Winston-Salem does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Eversource supports customer use of the Portfolio Manager platform, including assisting customers with collecting proper data and entering facility information, including the creation of ‘virtual meters’ within the tool to create whole-building data views.

Eversource provides automated aggregated energy use data for multitenant and multifamily buildings.  Worcester does not provide community-wide aggregated energy use data for community planning or evaluation purposes, but Eversource publishes energy consumption to a publicly available dashboard.

The City of Worcester does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: July 2021