The Real Estate Roundtable is pleased to provide these comments in response to the Request for Information issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”), published at 75 Fed. Reg. 26,203 (May 11, 2010) entitled, “Implementing the National Broadband Plan by Empowering Consumers and the Smart Grid: Data Access, Third Party Use, and Privacy.”
The Real Estate Roundtable brings together leaders of the nation’s top publicly-held and privately-owned real estate ownership, development, lending and management firms with the leaders of major national real estate trade associations to jointly address key national policy issues relating to real estate and the overall economy. Collectively, Roundtable members’ portfolios contain over 5 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial properties valued at more than $1 trillion; over 1.5 million apartment units; and in excess of 1.3 million hotel rooms. Participating trade associations represent more than 1.5 million people involved in virtually every aspect of the real estate business. By identifying, analyzing and coordinating policy positions, The Roundtable’s business and trade association leaders seek to ensure that a cohesive industry voice is heard by government officials and the public about real estate and its important role in the national and global economies.