A white paper jointly authored by TechNet, SunSpec Alliance, and DBL Partners
Data access and transparency are foundational to unlocking innovation in the design and optimization of the modern electricity grid. The authors and supporters of this paper are committed to increasing data sharing across all
aspects of grid design, planning, operations, and markets, with the goal of enabling the transformation of how energy is produced, transported and consumed.
Benefits of Grid Data Transparency and Access
DRIVES INDUSTRY INNOVATION | Data democratization unlocks third party engagement, dramatically increasing the pace of innovation.
IMPROVES GRID DESIGN | Broad industry participation improves grid design, driving a more efficient, reliable, and cost effective grid.
INFORMS CUSTOMER CHOICE | Data access improves customers’ ability to make informed decisions about their energy management.
REINFORCES ACCOUNTABILITY | Transparency increases accountability of all industry participants, improving outcomes for all customers.
Guiding Principles to Unlock Grid Data
SHARE BROADLY | Share data broadly as a standard practice, while recognizing appropriate access qualifications. The electric grid is a public good; its underlying data is also a public good that should be made available in the interest of driving innovation for all stakeholders.
SHARE PROACTIVELY | Proactively share underlying grid data sets to foster experimentation, even before specific use cases are defined.
DEFAULT TO MACHINE-READABLE FORMATS | Provide online access to bulk data sets in standard machine-readable data formats.
MAINTAIN PRIVACY | Adamantly protect customer privacy, giving customers control over the collection and use of their personal data.
ENSURE SAFETY AND SECURITY | Utilize best-in-class tools to protect critical data and assets, fostering continued security advancement.