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 signees below 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.
With the increasing democratization of the energy industry, electrification of industries, and creation of new energy markets, the underlying electric grid is fundamentally evolving. Traditional grid planning and operations are being reimagined in ways that take advantage of the increasing deployments of renewables, distributed energy resources, and customer-centric technologies. These market-based solutions can reduce energy costs and minimize infrastructure spend, lowering rates for all utility customers. This new reality presents a unique opportunity to modernize our aging grid and support the decarbonization of our electricity supply. We can and should seize this opportunity to reform the grid while maximizing customer choice, increasing reliability, and maintaining public safety.
In order to realize the promise of a modernized grid, the underlying data associated with the grid must be made available to a wide group of industry stakeholders and market participants. Increasingly, the practice of grid design and planning is no longer the sole expertise of industry incumbents. Broader engagement promises innovation and new thinking. This paper puts forth the following set of guiding principles and detailed recommendations to advance the data access and transparency needed to increase innovation in grid design, planning, and customer engagement.
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.