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Building Owners and Managers Association International

BOMA International Submits Comments to DOE on Data Access Issues

July 21, 2010

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(WASHINGTON—July 21, 2010) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in response to a request for information from DOE about data access issues in relation to the continued development of the Smart Grid. BOMA´s comments emphasize that, while the Smart Grid offers tremendous promise to improve the quality and reliability of power, reduce peak demand and decrease transmission congestion costs, it also raises privacy concerns over data ownership and access that must be addressed.

BOMA´s comments state that the property owner owns the consumption data and should be entitled to full privacy protections. In tenant spaces that are separately metered, the tenant owns the data. However, the owner/manager must be allowed access to whole-building, aggregate monthly energy consumption and cost, which the utilities must be compelled to provide upon request of the building owner or manager. That data is necessary for building owners and managers to accurately benchmark their energy usage, prioritize retrofit opportunities, and assess the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs or technologies in their building. BOMA also stressed that the aggregate data must be supplied at no cost to the building owner.

"The development of the Smart Grid has the potential to significantly increase energy efficiency and reduce costs but in order to be successful, it must be implemented in a way that respects the privacy rights of commercial building owners and their tenants,” remarked BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “BOMA looks forward to working with DOE, federal agencies and other interested parties to implement Smart Grid technologies."

Read BOMA International’s full comments to DOE.

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About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 17,000-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

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Lindsay Tiffany
Manager of Media Relations
BOMA International
(202) 326-6365
ltiffany@boma.org