1. Request data from your customer
Log into your UtilityAPI dashboard and proceed to Utility Registrations in your dashboard settings to register with Consumers Energy as a third party. Once that request is approved you can begin to collect your free data.
Click on Request Data. This will bring up a data request form with your unique link. You can send a data request directly from the dashboard by filling out the form. Your link will have your name and your company name (both from your email address), so your customer will know it's coming from you.
You have a lot of flexibility in how you get that link in front of your customer. You can:
- send the link via email
- integrate the link into your website
- text the link to your customer
- have your link ready on your cell phone or tablet
How do you know if your customer is a Consumers Energy customer? Consumers Energy serves more than 6 million Michiganders throughout most of the lower Michigan Peninsula. However, if there are any uncertainties, please check Consumers’ service territory map.
2. Your customer authenticates and authorizes
Your customer will receive an email with a Securely Share Your Data link. After clicking on link they will be redirected to their utility account login for verification purposes before completing a short electronic form authorizing us to collect their data.
3. We collect data
Once your customer has authorized, log in to your UtilityAPI dashboard. The new account will display on the dashboard. Click on Get Data to start the collection. Your data will be available shortly!
The Get Data button will turn orange while we're collecting. You can click on it at any time to see the data that has already been collected. Once the data collection has finished, the button will turn green and say “See Data”. Click on the green See Data button to download your data in the format that best fits your needs.
Examples of the data we collect
Types of data available vary by utility. Click here for the complete list. The data we collect is cleaned and standardized across all utilities we support.
Intervals (as CSV, XML and Json file formats)
TOU breakdowns/Bill Tiers