2020-09 in the Headlines

19 August: "RE100 Leadership Awards Shortlist: Companies Going Above and Beyond on Clean Energy," The Climate Group post. ENGIE a headline partner.

19 August: "OhmConnect Paid Users Over $300,000 to Respond to CAISO's Flex Alert in California," OhmConnect press release.

06 August: "Study: Home Energy Ratings in Real Estate Listings Would Steer Buyers to Efficient Choices," ACEEE press release.

23 July: "Canada Invests in Smart Grid Technologies for London Net-Zero Energy Community," Natural Resources Canada press release. Investment in London Hydro.

22 July: "New Yorkers Who Cut Power Use During HeatWave Get ConEd Payout," BloombergLogical Buildings.

22 July: "PUC Advances CUB Framework to Enable Energy Data to Be Used in Public Interest," Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Minnesota post.

10 June: "Washington DC Grid Modernisation Programme Approved," Smart Energy International. Green Button Connect My Data.

09 June: "DC to Investigate Distributed Resource Ownership Issues as Part of Grid Modernization Effort," UtilityDive. Green Button Connect My Data.

Energy Data-Access Initiatives’ Progress, Support Climate Goals

Energy Data-Access Initiatives’ Progress, Support Climate Goals

Exciting energy data-access initiatives, as part of grid modernization efforts, continue to move forward in the United States. Innovative plans are also increasingly taking distributed energy resources (DERs) and renewable energy into account in support of grid resiliency and broader state climate goals. Stakeholder knowledge and participation in workgroups, and their resulting recommendations, are often the forebearer of future-forward policies.

District of Columbia

On 8 June 2020, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSCDC) announced (pdf) the approval of the next set of grid modernization recommendations for the District of Columbia stemming from its PowerPath DC stakeholder process. The recommendations include enhancing energy data access for all residential customers through Exelon subsidiary Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco's) Green Button Connect My Data platform. The order, PowerPath DC (Case No. 1130, Order No. 20364) (pdf) helps to align the PowerPath DC grid modernization vision with Washington D.C.'s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2032.

State of New York

In March 2020, the New York State Department of Public Service (NYDPS) announced (pdf) a proceeding to expand the strategic access to, and use of, energy-related data in order to meet the state’s clean energy goals. In addition, access to system and customer energy-usage data is key to New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) energy strategy, which is guiding the state toward a cleaner and more-resilient electricity system. On 29 May, 2020, NYDPS staff published two whitepapers on the strategic use of energy-related data. The first paper, regarding the development of a Data Access Framework (pdf), defines the process for access to energy-related data; recognizes customers’ right-to-consent to share their energy-usage data; and standardizes the necessary privacy, cybersecurity, and quality requirements for data access. The second paper, regarding the creation of an Integrated Energy Data Resource (pdf), proposes a statewide, centralized platform for access to customer and system data. Stakeholders are providing comments for consideration by the NYDPS. If adopted by the Commission, the Data Access Framework would guide the requirements and process for access to energy-related data in New York.

U.S. Congress

In February 2020, H.R. 5796, the “Access to Consumer Energy Information Act” or “E-Access Act”, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The E-Access Act enhances consumer access to electric-energy and natural-gas information to allow for the adoption of innovative products and services to help consumers manage their energy usage. In June 2020, the E-Access bill was included as part of a 9-bill Climate Crisis Action plan, released as a staff report, that would assist in guiding the U.S. toward net-zero carbon pollution by 2050.

State of Illinois

In August 2020, Illinois’ “Putting Consumers & Climate First” (pdf) energy policy proposal outlined eight principles in support of moving the state toward a clean and renewable energy economy. Expanded access to energy data for customers and customer energy-management partners to enable customers to more easily and effectively manage their energy consumption is called for within the policy proposal. Working groups consisting of Illinois energy stakeholders are expected to reconvene.

To read more about these and other data access initiatives, please hover over the “Happenings” menu item on the Green Button Alliance website for a list of links to more information.

CS Week's 2020 "Expanding Excellence" Award Winners Announced; GBA Members Recognized for Innovative Programs

CS Week announced the winners of their annual Expanding Excellence Awards, showcasing utilities that have “implemented major systems, aligned people with process and technology, used home-grown or market-based solutions to improve operations, and enhanced customer experience.” 

The awards are given in pairs: to utilities with annual revenues of USD $500M+ (Level I) and to utilities with annual revenues below $500M (Level II).

Green Button Alliance Sponsor Members, PECO (Exelon Corporation) and London Hydro, won the “Innovation in Digital Customer Engagement” awards (Level I & II, respectively) for showcasing “technologically complex projects that improve services in the meter-to-cash customer experience lifecycle.” 

Green Button Alliance member Southern California Edison won the “Innovation in People & Process” award in the Level I category for “projects that emphasize soft skills, general solutions and non-automated, low-tech approaches to engage customers and improve services in the meter-to-cash customer experience lifecycle.” 

The Green Button Alliance is proud to congratulate our forward-looking member companies on these prestigious achievements and recognition.  For more information and to see all of the winners, visit the following link to read the CS Week organizers’ press release:
http://www.csforms.org/Expanding_Excellence_Awards/2020 EEA/2020_EEA_Press_Release.pdf

2020-04 in the Headlines

16 April: "In New York, A New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy," Greentech MediaLogical Buildings; Green Button Connect My Data.
13 April: "'Data Hive' Opens for Solar, Battery Vendors in Silicon Valley," Greentech MediaUtilityAPI, Green Button Connect My Data.
13 April: "How to Match Your Electricity Rate with Facility Usage," facilitiesnet. Green Button Download My Data.
02 April: "States Take the Lead by Requiring Utilities to Increase Energy Efficiency," buildee blog post.
19 March: "PSC Expands Access to Data Needed to Meet State's Clean Energy Goals; New Policies will Establish Privacy and Cybersecurity Requirements for Access to Energy Related Data," New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) press release.
20 February: "Mission:data Collaborates with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein on State-of-the-Art Data Portability and Privacy Rule," Mission:data post.
18 February: "Accelerated Innovations and MyMeter® Continue to Grow Worldwide with Empresa Electrica de Guatemala (EEGSA)," Accelerated Innovations press release.
10 February: "Ohio's Final Workgroup Report on Smart Meter Data Access: Are We There Yet? Not Quite, Kids...The DW Energy Blog. Update on Green Button Connect My Data in Ohio.
February 2020: "NAESB ESPI and Green Button," page 4, North American Energy Standards Board Bulletin.
21 January: "Smart Buildings Market to Reach USD 109.48 Billion by 2026; Rising Environmental Concerns to Contribute Healthy Growth, States Fortune Business Insights™," Fortune Business Insights press release.
14 January: "Blockchain Project to help JPMorgan Reach 100% Renewable Energy Goal," S&P Global Platts. JPMorgan partners with swytchX.

2019-12 in the Headlines

19 December: "Beyond the Customer's Meter: Part 1," T&D WorldGreen Button functionality and benefits included.
12 December: "The Top Grid Modernization and Policy Trends of 2019," T&D World.
04 December: "Exelon Appoints Calvin G. Butler Jr. as Senior EVP of Exelon and as CEO of Exelon Utilities; Names Carim Khouzami as CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric," Exelon press release.
03 December: "Is Big Data Big Brother?," T&D World. Green Button security and customer control noted.
21 November: "Like Restaurants, Buildings Will Get Grades (D's for Energy Guzzlers)," New York TimesLogical Buildings quoted.
13 November: "Bridging Grid Edge with Building Edge: Making Grids More Flexible, Reliable," T&D World. Green Button energy data benefits included.
25 October: "Engaging Residential Customers with DR on 15 Minutes' Notice: Exclusive Interview with Carlos Lopez of London Hydro," Energy Central. Results of real-time pilot project leveraging Green Button platform noted.
16 October: "Accelerated Innovations Announces a New Partnership with Snohomish County Public Utility District 1," Accelerated Innovations press release.
16 October: "Silicon Valley Clean Energy Launches Flagship Pilot with UtilityAPI," SVCE and UtilityAPI press release.
October 2019: "The 50 States of Grid Modernization: Q3 2019 Quarterly Report Executive Summary," North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.
08 October: "Navigant and eIQ Mobility Offer Turnkey Electric Fleet Deployments to Utilities and Corporations," Navigant Consulting and eIQ Mobility press release.
24 September: "OhmConnect Names New CEO After Hitting Major Milestones," OhmConnect press release.
24 September: "Grading Buildings On Energy Consumption," Commercial Observer. Logical Buildings quoted.

Green Button Alliance Announces Results of 2020 Board of Directors Election

2020-01-06: Corrected for Staffing changes at Logical Buildings.

The Green Button Alliance has concluded its fourth annual Board of Directors election, by the GBA's Participating Membership, and is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members:

Mark Gilbreth, Chief Technology Officer, Agave Systems will serve in the two-year seat and Bill Pfister, Senior Director of Business Analytics, Edison Electric Institute will remain on the board and serve in a second one-year seat.  The GBA welcomes these candidates who will join GBA’s existing Board of Directors on 01 January 2020!

New Hampshire Moves Forward on Statewide Energy Data Access Platform

New Hampshire is poised to move forward on a statewide, multi-use utility-customer energy-data platform that includes the benefits of the Green Button Connect My Data standard. Governor Christopher Sununu has signed Senate Bill (SB) 284—a bill introduced at the request of the Office of the Consumer Advocate (OCA). The OCA represents the interests of New Hampshire’s residential ratepayers.

The statewide, utility-customer energy-data platform would allow utilities, their customers, and authorized third parties to access the online platform and participate in the secure sharing of energy-usage data. The bill requires the platform to be certified by the Green Button Alliance and specifies that the platform supports the Energy Service Provider Interface of the North American Energy Standards Board and the Green Button Connect My Data data-access and -sharing initiative of the Green Button Alliance.

“Green Button is the gold standard,” explained Don Kreis, Office of the Consumer Advocate. Kreis worked with his director of finance, Jim Brennan, to draft a bill that strikes the right balance between data accessibility and data privacy.

“We built our data-platform proposal on top of the strong data-privacy protections our office previously persuaded our legislature to adopt,” Kreis explained. “Individual customers will have to give specific permission before third parties access their PII – personally identifiable information.” At the same time, the bill calls for the platform to make aggregated and anonymized data widely available.

The scalable and flexible platform will be a boon not just to innovative companies looking to develop energy-related services but also to municipalities seeking to make the benefits of retail electric choice available to their residents. A separate bill, also just signed by Sununu, allows cities and towns in New Hampshire to create “community choice aggregation” (CCA) plans—arrangements for securing lower energy prices or an energy-source mix that includes more renewables—on an opt-out basis; changing from out-in to opt-out has led CCA to explode in popularity in neighboring Massachusetts.

The New Hampshire data platform will be developed according to a collaborative process involving the state’s three investor-owned electric utilities and stakeholders with oversight by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC must open a proceeding by year’s end to begin the process of determining how the platform will be governed, designed, and operated. There is also a provision that allows the PUC to pause the project if it is too costly.

“We’re confident we can demonstrate that a statewide, utility-customer data platform will not just be cost-effective but will help secure the benefits of deregulation and grid modernization for consumers at long last,” said Kreis.

2019-09 in the Headlines

13 September: "Pason Power, Energy Toolbase Merge to Create Comprehensive Energy Storage Platform," Solar Power World.
11 September: "EPA Recognizes Green Energy Solutions for Leading Green Power Use," Green Energy Solutions press release.
04 September: "London Hydro Sees Revenue Promise in Data-Crunching," London Free Press.
16 August: "BGE Named Among Nation's Utilities Most Trusted by Business Customers," Energy Central.
06 August: "NYSERDA, Con Edison to Launch Program to Award Providers for Energy Efficiency Upgrades," Daily Energy Insider.
06 August: "CUB Petitions PUC to Unleash Consumer Energy Data in Public Interest," CUB Minnesota Blog.
25 July: "NCS Pushes the Envelope with UtilityAPI Partnership," NCS press release.
10 July: "Demand Response is Dead. Long Live Flexiwatts!" OhmConnect Opinion article, Utility Dive.
03 June: "KERI Invites Japan's Power-Related Institutions to Seek Bilateral Cooperation," Korea IT Times.

Lastest from D.C. includes Green Button CMD

The District of Columbia's Public Service Commission announced in a press release a Staff Proposed Order recommending, among other things, "Expansion of Green Button Connect My Data to residential customers in the District" in their next phases of grid modernization, touted as Power Path DC, with a new website describing Power Path DC. 

Here is a link to the DCPSC Releases Staff Proposed Order on Grid Modernization Recommendations press release.

Here is a link to the new Power Path DC site.

2019-06 in the Headlines

19 June: "Dispatches from Grid Edge innovation Summit," Greentech MediaUtilityAPI quoted.
17 June: "Bill Awaiting Sunuhu's Signature Would Create Statewide Database on Consumer Energy Use," New Hampshire Union Leader.
14 June: "Union Gas Merger with Enbridge Inc. Made Official in Chatham-Kent," BlackburnNews.com.
13 June: "Mega Summer Aims to Mobilize Californians in Energy Savings Program," Valley NewsOhmConnect program featured.
11 June: "Chris Crane Elected EEI Chairman; Ben Fowke and Gerry Anderson Elected Vice Chairmen," Edison Electric Institute press release.
07 May: "States Look to Boost Access to Energy Usage Data," American Public Power Association.
06 May: "Commissioner McAllister talks About Importance of Energy Data Use and Accessibility," California Energy Commission blog.
03 May: "50 States of Grid Modernization: Q1 2019 Quarterly Report, May 2019," by North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.
02 May: "Simplifying the Process of Retrieving Usage Data," by EnergyToolbase and UtilityAPI.

The GBA Welcomes New Board Member

The Green Button Alliance is proud to welcome GBA sponsor member Exelon Corporation's Da’Janel Roberts-Smith, Sr. Business Project Manager, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to the GBA's Board of Directors. Roberts-Smith replaces James Eber, Manager, Demand Response & Dynamic Planning, ComEd, who has represented Exelon as a member of the GBA board for the past three years. The GBA thanks Jim, Da’Janel, and Exelon for their continued participation in the Alliance and on the board.

2019-04 in the Headlines

15 April: "Data Accessibility Staff Report," Michigan Public Service Commission. Includes Green Button Connect My Data status.
11 April: "London Hydro Wins International Award for MyWater Portal," London Hydro press release.
08 April: "ComEd Files for Decrease in Customer Electricity Rates," ComEd press release.
05 April: "Maximum Energy Savings with Real-Time Energy Management," NYSERDA case study featuring Logical Buildings solution.
02 April: "Energyworx Strengthens Board with Two Utility Industry Veterans," Energyworx press release.
01 April: "CUB Advances Bill to Unleash Energy Data in the Consumer Interest," Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Minnesota.

John Anderson accepts role as Board Secretary

John Anderson, Director of Energy Markets, OhmConnect, Inc., and member of the Green Button Alliance’s Board of Directors, has accepted to serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Green Button Alliance.  Anderson fills the position previously held by Natalie MartinezSenior Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Southern California Edison, who served as the Interim Secretary of the GBA.

The GBA thanks Natalie Martinez for serving and welcomes John Anderson to the position!

2019-04-08 NAESB ESPI Ratification

NAESB Ratifies Standard for Green Button

On 8 April, the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB), a member of the Green Button Alliance, ratified the latest revision of the NAESB Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI) Retail Energy Quadrant Book 21 (REQ.21) standard, commonly known as the Green Button standard. Updates and enhancements to the standard were submitted to NAESB by the OpenADE Task Force, hosted by the Green Button Alliance, which included:

  • Replaced OAuth 1.0 with OAuth 2.0 for “Confidential Clients”
  • Updated security requirements to TLS 1.2 as a minimum
  • Revised the Energy Usage Information (EUI) data structure and definitions
  • Created the Retail Customer (PII) data structure and definitions
  • Deprecated original Use Cases that do not meet OAuth 2.0 data security requirements
  • Added Use Case for Download My Data (DMD)
  • Simplified Use Case 2: “Customer Authorization process”
  • Documented Standard ESPI Application Program Interface (API) formats

The current standard is now available for purchase from NAESB for $250.00 USD as the Final Action R13001 – Request for Corrections and Enhancements to the NAESB REQ.21 Energy Services Provider Interface (ESPI).

OpenADE Task Force: 

The GBA hosts the OpenADE Task Force technical meetings every Tuesday at 3:00pm ET, both GBA members and non-members are invited to attend.  See the GBA calendar for logistics.

2019 GBA Annual General Meeting

The Green Button Alliance’s 2019 Annual General Meeting to be held at CS Week

The Green Button Alliance’s Annual General Meeting will gather digital utilities, energy-efficiency innovators, governmental agencies, research institutes, and affiliate organizations interested in learning about the latest on the industry’s Green Button energy data-access and secure data-sharing standard.

GBA members and non-members are invited to attend the 1-hour face-to-face meeting being held at CS Week in Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday, 10 April, from 8:30-9:30 am MST (arrive at 8:15 to meet everyone).

Those that are unable to attend in-person may participate remotely; RSVP either way. 

The meeting will address:

  • Green Button 2018 Accomplishments
  • Green Button Connect My Data Technical Update
  • Green Button 2019 & Look Ahead

RSVP to participate in the GBA’s Annual General Meeting — whether you’re attending in-person, or via web/dial-in. 

https://www.evite.com/event/0220D53JEYEWAAWNYEPJI5JU4KF2UY/rsvp 

   

2019-03 in the Headlines

26 March: "Department of Energy Announces $130 Million for Early-Stage Solar Research Project," Department of Energy press release.
25 March: "Five Ways to Move the Needle with 'Selectively Engaged' Energy Consumers," Electric Light & Power magazine.
25 March: "The Biggest Numbers Game in the Power Sector: Data Analytics and the Utility Community of the Future," Utility Dive.
19 March: "National Constitution Center, ENGIE add Green to the Red, White and Blue of America's Town Hall in Energy Deal," Oil & Gas 360.
18 March: "ENGIE Acquires Swiss Start-up to Achieve Energy Transition Goals," Smart Energy International.
15 March: "Con Edison Pilot Program to Offer Price Break for Off-Peak Energy Use," SILive.
11 March: "It's 2050 and This is How We Stopped Climate Change," NPR. Sila Kiliccote, CEO, eIQ Mobility interviewed.
11 March: "Energy-Efficient Investments Boosting Real Estate Portfolio Evaluations," by Forbes. Logical Buildings featured.
06 March: "These Food Technologies Are Ripe for Innovation," Forbes. Wexus Technologies featured.

2019-02 In the Headlines

23 February: "Gaming the Grid,Sierra MagazineOhmConnect featured.
18 February: "NH Electric Customers Should Demand Their Data," by D. Maurice Kreis, Power to the People column, co-published by Manchester Ink Link and InDepthNH.org. Green Button standards featured.
15 February: "Standards Key to Unlocking Advanced Metering Data Benefits for Customers, Utilities,Daily Energy Insider. Green Button standards featured.
11 February: "CPUC Approves Energy Storage Net Metering,Energy Toolbase.
06 February: "eIQ Mobility Raises Seed Round from Schneider Electric Ventures. Annette Clayton, CEO and President, North America Operations at Schneider Electric Joins Board,eIQ Mobility press release.
01 February: "Logical Buildings Closes $3.5 Million Series C-1 Offering as SmartKitTMAI Smart Building Software Platform Expands Nationally, Achieving 35% Growth in Adoption During Q4 2018,Logical Buildings press release.
01 February: "Green Button Alliance Members Set to Impart Expertise at Key Industry Events,Green Button Alliance press release.
30 January: "London Hydro: Leading the Industry in Green Button Innovation,The Distributor, Winter 2019.
29 January: "Green Button Alliance Member UtilityAPI's New Utility Data Exchange Platform Certified Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) Compliant,Green Button Alliance press release.
29 January: "Energy Smart Community, Ithaca and Tomkins County, NY,Smart Energy InternationalNotes NYSEG has made Green Button DMD & CMD available.
25 January: "Green New Deal Needs to Include Agriculture Technology," ForbesWexus Technologies included.

GBA Elects Daniel Roesler to Vice Chair

Daniel Roesler, co-founder and CEO, UtilityAPI, and member of the Green Button Alliance’s Board of Directors, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Green Button Alliance.  Roesler fills the position previously held by Mimi Zhang, Senior Product Line Manager, Itron, Inc. who served as Vice Chair of the GBA for the past two years.

The GBA thanks Mimi Zhang for her insightful service and welcomes Daniel Roesler to the position!

2019-01 In the Headlines

29 January 2019: "ComEd's Smart Grid Starts to Pay Dividends in Northern Illinois", T&D World.

15 January 2019: "Software Solutions Help Installers Sell More Solar + Storage," Solar Power World. EnergyToolbase featured.

14 January 2019: "Energy Data Portability," Report by Mission:data Coalition; Green Button Connect My Data growth featured.

11 January 2019: "Con Edison Unveils Unique Residential Smart Energy Pilot," Smart Energy International.

10 January 2019: "Can Private Industry Solve Our Climate Crisis Where Governments Fail?", Forbes. OhmConnect featured.

07 January 2019: "ZOME Wins Best of Show, Launches New Products," ZOME press release.

01 January 2019: "Growing a Sustainable Food System: How Entrepreneurs Are Applying Advanced Technologies to Reinvent Our Approach to Food Security and Sustainability", Village Capital. Wexus Technologies featured.

05 September 2019: "CHEC and CustomerFirst Sign Advocacy Partnership Agreement", CustomerFirst news.

2019 GBA Board Election Results

Green Button Alliance Announces Results of 2019 Board of Directors Election

The Green Button Alliance has concluded its third annual Board of Directors election. John Anderson, Director of Energy Markets, OhmConnect was elected by the GBA's Participating Membership to serve in a two-year seat and Bill Pfister, Director Financial Analysis, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) was elected to serve in a one-year seat.

The GBA welcomes the new directors who join the GBA Board of Directors on 01 January 2019.