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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.

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.

GBA and SECC Join DataGuard

The Green Button Alliance and the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative jointly announced on the 27th of June that they are the first member-based organizations to join the DataGuard Energy Data Privacy Partnership Program.  DataGuard is a voluntary program that provides high-level principles around the treatment, retention, and disposal of customer data and offers a framework for establishing practices that safeguard the access, use, and sharing of customer data; which are described in its Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC). Other groups with an interest in customer privacy are invited to join the program.  The GBA and the SECC will co-host a webinar about the DataGuard Partnership Program.

2018-05 In the Headlines

"Texas Smart Meter Settlement Could Grow Market for Energy Products," by Robert Walton, Utility Dive, notes that Texas regulators have approved recommendations to improve and streamline the state's smart meter data portal, including standardizing data transfers to be more in line with the Green Button Connect My Data standard.  Recommended reading: "Texas Decision Enhances Customer Choice of Enhanced Energy Providers" by Michael Murray, Mission:data Coalition.

"Survey: Solar Companies Want Software to Speed Growth, Manage Utility Rates," by Julia Pyper, Greentech Media.  Survey finds access to standardized Green Button energy usage data is a priority for solar software market and and also notes GBA members Energy Toolbase and UtilityAPI as popular software platforms.

"KWHCoin Aims to Build an Advanced Energy Economy that Connects Us All," by Tech Company News.  Interview with GBA member Girard Newkirk, CEO of GBA Member company: KWHCoin, regarding KWHCoin technology, partnerships and vision.

"NEM's 21st Annual Restructuring Conference Focuses on Next Phase of Consumer Choice Innovation and Opportunities in Energy Markets," Jeff Hendler, CEO of GBA member company: ETS - Energy Technology Savings, spoke at the Washington D.C. conference and discussed the importance of consumer access to consumption and demand data to enable consumer decisions to reduce energy costs and achieve clean energy goals.

"Snugg Home's Snugg Pro Adds Support for Green Button," discusses benefits of standardized Green Button energy data and how it speeds the home energy auditing process, with a two-minute demo.

2018-04 In the Headlines

"Access to Data: Bridging the Electricity Grid Into the Information Age" by Coley Girouard, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).  Green Button standard noted as leading standard for utility data exchange.

Washington D.C. council members introduced the "Distributed Energy Resources Act of 2018" to modernize the District of Columbia's energy grid.  The new DER Authority would house real-time energy use data in a central location and create a marketplace for D.C. businesses and residents to contribute renewable energy toward the District's energy supply.

Energy Consumers Australia's "Consumer Access to Energy Data" response to government consultations on implementing Australia's Consumer Data Right for energy; Green Button Connect My Data noted.

"Opinion: Giving Ohio Electric Consumers More Control Over Their Usage Benefits the Industry and the Environment" by J.D. Burrows, ENGIE Resources.