EIA officially recognizes utility rate database on OpenEI

OpenEI and U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Good news, everyone! The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) now officially recognizes the OpenEI utility rate database. Up until just a few months ago, the EIA website stated:

“EIA does not collect or publish data on electricity rates, or tariffs, for the sale or purchase of electricity, or on demand charges for electricity service, nor does EIA publish retail electricity rates or prices for peak or off-peak periods (sometimes referred to as time-of-use-rates)… EIA is not aware of a publicly available source for this information other than individual utilities.”

But as of February of this year, the EIA website has changed its wording to:

“EIA does not collect or publish data on electricity rates, or tariffs, for the sale or purchase of electricity, or on demand charges for electricity service, nor does EIA publish retail electricity rates or prices for peak or off-peak periods (sometimes referred to as time-of-use-rates)… Utility rates for cities in the United States are now available at the U.S. Department of Energy's Open Energy Information (OpenEI) platform

The text can be found here: http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=20&t=3

Being recognized by the Energy Information Administration is a huge achievement for the OpenEI platform, and indicates a level of maturity in terms of the quantity and quality of data provided through this platform. Special thanks go to Illinois State University for accelerating the utility rates database to this caliber!