Steven Chu, U.S.
Energy Secretary
 
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 22, 2011 - The United States Department of Energy is making available up to $8 million in funding to encourage utilities, local governments, and communities to create programs that empower consumers to better manage their electricity use through improved access to their consumption data.

The Smart Grid Data Access funding will enable local communities to partner with utilities and third party technology innovators to develop and implement programs that make consumer electricity consumption data readily available.

“Providing consumers with easy access to data on their energy consumption can help give them the tools they need to make informed decisions about their energy use,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Developing applications and services to help consumers understand and control their energy use is a field ripe for American innovation.”
 
The Smart Grid Data Access funding will be delivered in two phases. Phase I will include 10-12 projects, funded at $0.5 million each. For phase II, one recipient will be selected to receive approximately $2 million for the wide scale adoption of Phase I work.