Green Button Alliance Appoints Board of Directors

Syed Mir, London Hydro Vice President, and a Green Button Leader, Named Chairman of the Board

 

MORGAN HILL, Calif., June 9, 2015 –The Green Button Alliance (GBA), which fosters the development, compliance, and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button standard, today announced it has appointed its first Board of Directors. Syed Mir, Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Information Officer, London Hydro, and a Green Button leader, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors. Chairman Mir is joined by Mark Podorsky, Principal Manager, Information & Information Governance Office, Customer Service, Southern California Edison (SCE), who was named Vice Chairman; and Mimi Zhang, Product Manager, Silver Spring Networks, who was named Secretary and Treasurer. Mir, Podorsky and Zhang will assume their positions on the Green Button Alliance board effective June 9, 2015.

"The Green Button Alliance has attracted the industry's Green Button leaders to serve on its board who will lend their vision for Green Button, strategic guidance, and hands-on expertise to the great benefit of Alliance members and the broad market," said Barry Haaser, Executive Director, Green Button Alliance. "Chairman Mir's insight, leadership, and experience in bringing Green Button Download My Data and Connect My Data platforms to market, will be highly instrumental as we work together to build an ecosystem of interoperable Green Button solutions that enable people to manage and reduce their own energy use."

The Green Button Alliance Board of Directors consists of:

  • Syed Mir, Vice President, Corporate Services and CIO, London Hydro
  • Mark Podorsky, Principal Manager, Information & Information Governance Office, Customer Service, SCE
  • Mimi Zhang, Product Manager, Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI)
  • Kay Clinard, President, Utility Communications Architecture International Users Group (UCAIug)
  • Amy Kight Costadone, Principal Product Manager, Demand Response-3rd Party Platforms, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
  • Kim Cresencia, Project Manager, Customer Services, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Christopher G. Irwin, Program Analyst, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Barbara Judge, Manager, Strategic Planning and Development, UL
  • Greg Thompson, General Manager, Utility DSM Solutions, Schneider Electric
  • David Wollman, Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

"Members of the Green Button Alliance are driving Green Button advancements, and are actively paving the way for successful Green Button DMD and CMD deployments that will help residential and commercial customers make wise energy choices, as well as help third-party application developers create innovative solutions that will span utilities and borders," said Syed Mir, Chairman of the Board, Green Button Alliance. "I'm honored to work with my fellow board members, the executive management team, and our member companies, as we prepare for significant utility adoption of Green Button DMD and CMD technology, and empower consumers to take control of their energy consumption."

Green Button Alliance members are committed to providing energy customers with easy, standardized access to their energy (electric, gas, and water usage) data to enable them to understand, manage and streamline their energy use. Building upon existing Green Button initiatives, the Green Button Alliance works to educate the energy industry and consumers about the benefits of Green Button technology; promote and market the Green Button brand; and support the development, compliance, and wide-spread adoption of Green Button energy standards. The Alliance is building a rich Green Button ecosystem comprised of utilities, energy service providers and solution providers, and is open to organizations who want to provide standardized, interoperable Green Button solutions that give consumers the power to manage their energy consumption, reduce energy costs, and save resources.

About Syed Mir, Chairman

Syed Mir is the Vice President, Corporate Services and CIO at London Hydro. He is responsible for Customer Services, Meter Services, Corporate Communications and Information Technology. As an executive committee member, he is responsible for "meter to cash" strategy, and actively pursues innovation to deliver value to London Hydro customers and stakeholders. This involves developing and executing on three year rolling strategic plans to take advantage of emerging technologies such as cloud, mobility and smart gird advancements. Mir started his career at Ontario Hydro after graduating from the University of Western Ontario. He joined London Hydro in 2010 from Ontario Power Generation where he held various vice president positions. He also serves on the Sheridan College Board of Governors.

About Mark Podorsky, Vice Chairman

Mark Podorsky is the Principal Manager, Information & Information Governance Office, Customer Service, SCE. He is responsible for the development, execution and operationalization of customer centric technology programs, customer information governance, and third party integration. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Manager of External Parties & Future Programs. In this capacity, he managed the implementation of SCE's home area network (HAN) programs, Green Button compliance and initiatives, and established SCE's customer information governance strategy. Podorsky joined SCE in 2009 as Senior Manager of Business Design for Edison SmartConnect, SCE's award-winning smart meter program. His responsibilities included managing the overall design and integration of Edison SmartConnect products and services, as well as business processes. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Loyola University of Chicago.

About Mimi Zhang, Secretary and Treasurer

Mimi Zhang is a Product Manager at Silver Spring Networks. She is responsible for the SilverLink™ Sensor Network platform and applications suite, which includes developing and launching data analytics products to improve utility operations. She also builds the SilverLink App Catalog of select partner applications. Before joining Silver Spring Networks, Zhang was a consultant at Navigant Consulting and Sustainable Energy Advantage, focusing on technology and regulatory quantitative analysis. She was based in the smart grid, energy storage, and renewables sectors. Zhang holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences from Duke University, and a Master in City Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Green Button Standards

The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard enables home owners and property managers to download their electricity usage data from their utility's website in an easy to read XML format with the simple click of a Green Button. Energy customers can now quickly and easily view their historical energy usage for the previous 13 months, along with their current energy usage, analyze trends, and make informed energy management choices.

Extending upon the Green Button DMD process, the Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) standard allows customers to authorize direct, secure transfers of their electricity usage data to web and mobile apps for computers, tablets and smart phones to enable them to easily manage and conserve their energy usage. In addition, due to the use of common, standardized Green Button technology, third-party developers are able to more-rapidly create and offer products, services and applications. Green Button standards are based on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) standard.

Call for Industry Participation

The Green Button Alliance invites participation from electric, gas and water utilities, hardware and software providers, technology integrators, and other industry stakeholders interested in joining the Green Button ecosystem to accelerate the development, deployment and proliferation of Green Button technology. For more information, or to join the Green Button Alliance, please email membership@greenbuttonalliance.org.

About Green Button Alliance

The Green Button Alliance (GBA) is a non-profit corporation formed to foster the development, compliance, and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button standard. The Green Button Alliance advances the Green Button initiative, a White House-inspired challenge to the electric utility industry to give consumers access to their energy usage information in a downloadable, standardized format. The Green Button initiative was created with the support of the White House, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), and the Utility Communications Architecture International Users Group (UCAIug). The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) and Connect My Data (CMD) standards are based on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) standard. For more information, or to join the Green Button Alliance, please visit http://www.greenbuttonalliance.org.

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Green Button Alliance, Green Button, GreenButton Download My Data, GreenButton Connect My Data, and the Green Button logo are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of departments of the United States of America and/or the Green Button Alliance. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

 

 

Green Button Alliance Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator

Furthers its Commitment to increase the Awareness and Adoption of Green Button to Enable Energy Customers to Easily View and Reduce Their Energy Use

 – Today the Energy Department announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector.  Partners will focus on expanding awareness of homes' energy efficiency and streamlining the processes used to help consumers improve the efficiency of their homes. The Green Button Alliance has joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator, furthering its commitment to increase the awareness and adoption of Green Button standards-based technology that enables residential energy customers to easily view their energy usage data, reduce their own energy consumption, and improve their home's energy efficiency.

The Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator supports the President’s Climate Action Plan with a goal to accelerate investment in home energy efficiency improvement projects across the country.  Today, 32 partners were welcomed by the Energy Department for their commitments to advance home energy efficiency across the country.  The Home Energy Information Accelerator brings together leaders in real estate and energy efficiency to expand the availability and use of reliable home energy information at relevant points in residential real estate transactions—such as Green Button energy usage data being used as additional information in the home-sales process.

"The Green Button Alliance shares the Energy Department’s goal to help consumers improve energy efficiency across homes, buildings and commercial facilities," said Jeremy J. Roberts, general manager, Green Button Alliance.  "As a Home Energy Information Accelerator partner, the Green Button Alliance will continue to educate the market, including electric, gas and water utilities, about the benefits of Green Button, and support the proliferation of a variety of standardized Green Button solutions that remove barriers and help people readily access and share home energy information."

Green Button standards were developed to give homeowners and building managers the ability to view, manage and reduce their own energy usage.  With the click of a simple Green Button on a utility's, or energy service provider's, website, Green Button Download My Data (DMD) enables home owners and property managers to download their energy usage data directly from their provider's website in a standard format.  The customer can view their energy usage to focus on trends, and make informed energy management choices.  Consumers can make energy usage decisions on their own, or use Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) to securely share their information with innovative new Green Button web and mobile apps to determine additional ways to save energy, reduce costs, and improve efficiency.

"By improving the efficiency of buildings across the country, Better Buildings partners are saving money by saving energy, creating more sustainable communities, and helping to protect future generations from the impacts of climate change," said Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr.  "Expanding the program to include water savings and the residential sector means that American families can be a part of this successful partnership that cuts costs and pollution."

Better Buildings Accelerators convene leaders across sectors and building types to address persistent barriers that stand in the way of greater efficiency.  As Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator partners share their successes with the market, resources will be posted in the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center.  The Solution Center is an online tool designed to help organizations explore the solutions tested and proven by partners.

As a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade.  This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs.  Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.

For a detailed progress report on the Better Buildings Initiative, and for more information on how to join these partners and advance your own energy efficiency work, visit: http://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov.

About Green Button Alliance

The Green Button Alliance (GBA) is a non-profit corporation formed to foster the development, compliance, and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button standard.  The Green Button Alliance advances the Green Button initiative, a White House-inspired challenge to the electric utility industry to give consumers access to their energy usage information in a downloadable, standardized format.  The Green Button initiative was created with the support of the White House, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).  The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) and Connect My Data (CMD) standards are based on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) standard.  For more information, or to join the Green Button Alliance, please visit http://www.greenbuttonalliance.org.

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Green Button Alliance, Green Button, GreenButton Download My Data, GreenButton Connect My Data, and the Green Button logo are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of departments of the United States of America and/or the Green Button Alliance.  All other marks are property of their respective owners.
 

Green Button Alliance Launched to Drive Energy Industry and Consumer Adoption of the Green Button Standard

Industry Thought Leaders Unite to Support Education, Development and Wide-Spread Use of Green Button Standards-based Applications

 – The Green Button Alliance (GBA), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, today announced it has been formed to advance the Green Button initiative, and will facilitate standards-based application development, administer certification and testing programs, and create awareness among consumers to accelerate adoption of the Green Button standard.  Founding members of the Green Button Alliance include London Hydro, Schneider Electric, UL, the Department of Energy (DOE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the UCA International Users Group (UCAIug).  Building upon existing Green Button initiatives, the Green Button Alliance will unite industry thought leaders in order to more-rapidly deliver the benefits of standardized Green Button technologies to consumers.

The White House-inspired Green Button initiative was created in 2011 with the support of NIST, DOE, and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).  Today, approximately 60 million energy customers with smart meters have access to their own energy data in a standardized format.  The Green Button Alliance is committed to providing customers with easy, standardized access to their energy information (electricity, gas and water usage data), which will ultimately enable them to identify ways to better manage their utility consumption to save money and resources.  Green Button Alliance membership is open to electric, gas and water utilities, hardware and software providers, government agencies, technology integrators and other industry stakeholders.

“The Green Button Alliance will take a leadership role in educating the industry, and will create a rich ecosystem of certified third-party applications that greatly benefit residential, commercial and industrial customers,” said Barry Haaser, executive director of the Green Button Alliance.  “We encourage those vendors with Green Button implementations, and the utilities adopting it, to join other industry stakeholders in this ground-breaking industry initiative as we work together to transform the way we use utility information.”

Thought Leaders to Convene at “The Birth of the Green Button Ecosystem” Event

Green Button Alliance members encourage interested parties to attend “The Birth of the Green Button Ecosystem” event hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) at its Energy Innovation Center in San Diego, California on February 6th from 8:00am-1:00pm.  The free event will feature industry thought leaders who will address the vision for Green Button, the latest Green Button developments, and the emergence of a young but complete ecosystem—just in time for California’s ambitious statewide adoption of Green Button Connect My Data, a fully automated and secure energy usage service common across all California investor-owned utilities.  For more information, and to register for the event please visithttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-birth-of-th-green-button-ecosystem-registration-15034763382.

Green Button Alliance Founding Members

"As the Global Specialist in Energy Management™, Schneider Electric is committed to driving energy innovation and efficiency using open standards," said Greg Thompson, general manager of Utility DSM Solutions, Schneider Electric.  "We believe that the Green Button standard is a tremendous opportunity for our customers, from utilities to end-users, to realize the maximum benefit of our solutions and achieve their goals.  We offer Green Button support across many of our applications, including our Connect My Data utility implementations, enterprise, buildings, and consumer solutions.  We are proud to be a founding member of the Green Button Alliance and its contributions to creating a more sustainable planet for all."

"As a founding member of the Green Button Alliance, London Hydro continues to underscore its commitment to increase adoption of Green Button across Ontario-based and Canadian utilities," said Syed Mir, vice president of corporate services and CIO.  "We have been working with Ontario Ministry of Energy, MaRS Discovery District, and third-party application vendors to demonstrate the value of Green Button Connect My Data.  Our solution leverages the OpenESPI open source reference implementation standard and cloud computing to enable our residential customers to shift high-peak usage, and our commercial customers, such as school boards, to manage energy consumption across multiple facilities and utilities."

About Green Button Standards

The Green Button Alliance will facilitate the development of standards-based applications that will drive the wide-spread industry adoption of the Green Button Download My Data and Connect My Data standards.  By using Green Button Connect My Data, customers can securely provide authorized third-party service providers with their electric usage information to enable them to make informed decisions about their energy consumption.  In addition, due to the use of common Green Button technology, third-party developers are able to more-rapidly create and offer products, services and applications that leverage Green Button data to help consumers better understand, manage and streamline their energy use.  Green Button standards are based on the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) standard.

Call for Industry Participation

The Green Button Alliance invites participation from all companies, organizations and stakeholders sharing a common interest in facilitating and accelerating the adoption of the Green Button standard.  For more information, please visit http://www.greenbuttonalliance.org.

About Green Button Alliance

The Green Button Alliance (GBA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation formed to foster the development, compliance, and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button standard.  The GBA is an industry-led extension of the White House-inspired challenge to the electric utility industry to launch a Green Button Initiative to give consumers access to their energy usage information in a downloadable, easy-to-read and standardized format.  The Green Button effort was created with the support of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), the Department of Energy (DOE), the White House, and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).  The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Energy Service Provider Interface (ESPI) standard serves as the basis for Green Button technology by providing a model for business practices, use cases, and an XML schema for the standard.  For more information or to join the Green Button Alliance, please visit http://www.greenbuttonalliance.org.

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Green Button Alliance, Green Button, GreenButton Download My Data, GreenButton Connect My Data, and the Green Button logo are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of departments of the United States of America and/or the Green Button Alliance.  Global Specialist in Energy Management is a registered trademark of Schneider Electric.  UL is a trademark of UL LLC.  All other marks are property of their respective owners.
 
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