A panel assembled by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the Digital Energy Solutions Campaign, and the Information Technology Industry Council last week argued that congressionally mandated access to real-time electricity consumption data will not motivate consumers to use less energy unless they see a benefit to their lives. That information would be made available to consumers under the proposed “Electric Consumers Right to Know,” or “eKNOW,” Act (S.1029). Electric utilities would be required by this legislation to provide homeowners with streamlined access to their energy usage information. The panel concluded that the question was not whether to give consumers access to their energy-usage information, but how to convince them of that information’s importance.