In July, we continued to see the transition toward a clean energy future that is being assisted and accelerated by the energy industry's move to a more efficient and smarter grid. Momentum and uptake of Green Button technology, which enables open and easy access to standardized electricity, natural gas, and water usage data, continues. In fact, several Green Button initiatives were referenced in a recent U.S. White House Fact Sheet and in Canada, Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan calls for expanding Green Button rollouts province-wide, see below.
Green Button technology's game-changing benefit is that it enables utilities, vendors, and consumers to actively participate in the way resources are consumed─a critical piece in enabling a sustainable, energy-wise future. Also in July, we featured Chai Energy in our "Member Spotlight." Chai Energy has a Green Button mobile application that receives media attention and customer accolades. Click the link to learn how this multi-functional energy-efficiency and -savings application puts the power to make better energy choices in the palm of your hand.
As the interest and adoption of Green Button technology spreads internationally, the Green Button Alliance has formed its member-led global marketing committee, which is actively working to educate existing and emerging markets about the numerous business and consumer benefits enabled by Green Button solutions. Stay tuned for interesting, new collateral, and let us know about your Green Button use cases and customer successes!
And finally, with heavy hearts, we mourned the loss of Erich W. Gunther, co-founder, chairman, and CTO of EnerNex, who also served as chairman of the UCAIug, the Green Button Alliance's parent organization. Erich was a smart grid leader who will be greatly missed by the industry and all that knew him.
– Syed Mir, CIO; London Hydro Green Button Alliance - Chair 2016-07-12
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Chai Energy is a free mobile app empowering people with the tools to make better energy choices. Chai uses powerful analytics to process a customer's utility's Green Button Data, and delivers energy data directly to a customer's smartphone. Chai helps customers visualize and understand their home's energy usage and makes energy saving recommendations based on actual energy consumption.
Chai launched "Power Pay Day" this summer: where Chai will pay customers to reduce their energy use during energy peak times! It's really that simple. The app notifies customers when a "Power Pay Day" is approaching and makes suggestions on where the customer can cut down on their energy usage to maximize "Power Pay Day" earnings. Lastly, Chai will calculate a customer's energy savings, send customers a notification with usage details, and reward customers directly through the app. On average, customers save up to $7 to $10 dollars per Power Pay Day event.
For solar customers
Chai not only tracks in-home energy usage, but it will also track solar generation for those who have gone solar. Chai helps customers understand how much energy they use versus how much energy their system is producing. Chai Solar collects solar data, and shows it alongside energy usage and temperature on a comprehensive graph. In addition, Chai will look at solar production over time and compare it to public weather data to determine when panels need to be cleaned, if any strings of panels fail, or to track the natural degradation of panels over time. This helps customers match demand to production, and understand the health of their solar system as well as achieve a maximum return on their solar investment.
The Chai Energy app is available from the App or Google Play Store.
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