I will present an overview of the success of the recent nationwide energy benchmarking laws and what the building owners of New York are starting to do with energy data in the wake of Bloomberg's Greener Greater Building Plan (GGBP). New York City has been the epicenter of the municipal benchmarking laws which have seen normal building owners collecting and interacting with their energy data in an unprecedented way. These laws have also been a very interesting experiment in open source data collection, whereby 70% of all data submitted has been collected by independent consultants. This has led to a compliance rate which far exceeds that of other municipalities.
2013 sees phase 2 of the GGBP beginning with the first energy audits of large buildings being submitted by the end of the year. The result of these two laws, Local Law 84 and Local Law 87, will be the largest ever annually collected data set of energy information and energy retrofit work. I hope to give you a window into the impact that such a glut of information has on the energy efficiency industry as a whole, in particular the opportunities for research bodies and small businesses to use this data for the greater good.