As part of his all-of-the-above approach to reducing energy costs, U.S. Senator Scott Brown recently introduced the bipartisan Electric Consumer Right To Know (E-Know Act).
Co-sponsored by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), the E-Know Act would give consumers more transparency and better access to data about their energy use. In addition to receiving a monthly bill, consumers and businesses would be able to see how much energy they are using in real-time, making it easier to see where they can cut back or save.
Udall and Brown's legislation has drawn praise from EnerNOC and EMC, the Massachusetts-based energy and technology companies.
"In virtually every industry, access to real-time data has had a powerful and transformative impact, driving huge benefits for consumers," said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC, a Boston-based demand response and energy efficiency company. "We applaud Senators Brown and Udall for their work on the E-Know Bill, which will give consumers the insight they need to change the way they consume energy."
"E-Know promises to give consumers and businesses the data they need to understand the impact of their energy use and control their costs," said Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC Corporation. "This access to real-time power consumption data through smart meters can also inspire new innovative ideas to meet the environmental and resource challenges of today and of tomorrow."
"With energy prices soaring, we need to be giving consumers the information they need to make informed choices," added Sen. Brown. "I was proud to introduce this bipartisan bill, and believe it will play an important role in the all-of-the-above approach that will help bring down costs and increase efficiency.