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Microsoft Utility Rate Service

6/1/2011

Microsoft Utility Rate Service (URS) is a data service available through Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket (DataMarket) that can be used to retrieve electric company utility (utility) rates. You can use Microsoft URS in your applications to determine the utility rates for a specific customer according to their customer plan. A customer plan defines the price of electricity per kilowatt hour (kWh) at various dates, times, and levels of electricity use within a billing cycle.

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The utility rates provided by Microsoft URS are based on the latest and best available data provided by participating utilities, and may vary from the actual rates charged by a utility for a specific customer.

Microsoft URS provides the following types of data:

  • Average utility rate per state
  • A list of utilities operating in a given postal code
  • A list of customer plans offered by a given utility
  • The price per kWh at various dates, times, and levels of electricity use for a given customer plan

Microsoft URS Data

Information about how to acquire Microsoft URS data from Microsoft.

URI Creation for Microsoft URS

Information about how to use URIs to query Microsoft URS resources.

Using Data from Microsoft URS

Information about how to use data provided by Microsoft URS, including paging (for URIs that return more than 100 entries), checking for updates, and using rate data in your application.

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