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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 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.

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.

UtilityAPI Gains Green Button CMD and DMD Certifications

UtilityAPI Gains Green Button CMD and DMD Certifications!

Green Button Alliance member UtilityAPI is the first U.S. company to achieve Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) certification through the GBA's recently launched CMD testing program.

UtilityAPI also received certification for Green Button Download My Data (DMD).  UtilityAPI's EE/DER Engagement Platform now features its newly certified Data Exchange Platform that leverages Green Button data and CMD protocols to offer third-party access and secure sharing of data with complete customer authorization and control.

Through the Green Button Alliance's testing program, UL confirmed UtilityAPI's platform meets both the Green Button CMD and DMD Certification requirements.  UtilityAPI is now assured its "Green Button Certified CMD" utility platform will seamlessly and securely provide access to customer energy-usage data; with solutions that are positioned to work with third-party offerings supporting the Green Button data and protocol format.

UtilityAPI

GBA Launches Green Button Connect My Data Certification Program

GBA Launches Green Button Connect My Data Certification Program

The Green Button Alliance announced the launch of its Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) Certification Program for electricity, natural gas, and water utilities (data custodians).

The availability of the Green Button CMD Certification Program comes at a key time for the industry as utilities look to provide proven, standards-based solutions for secure customer data-access and sharing. Green Button CMD certification will assure utilities their implementations are Green Button standards-compliant and will ensure customer privacy and the seamless and secure transmission of data to third-party solutions.

A GBA-founding member, UL Verification Services (UL), is a GBA-authorized test laboratory and conducts the ANSI-audited Green Button Certified CMD testing process. London Hydro's cloud-based energy service platform is the first utility implementation (.PDF) to be certified Green Button CMD standards-compliant by UL. The "Green Button Certified CMD" mark on London Hydro's site now assures the utility, its customers, and third-party solution providers, that London Hydro's implementation is standards-compliant and new data-driven services and applications will seamlessly and securely work-together, while ensuring customer privacy. Learn more about the Green Button Connect My Data standard and the Certification program and the benefits to utilities here (.PDF).

Utilities that have Green Button Connect My Data implementations, or are in process of developing CMD offerings, can apply for certification here.

2018-09 In the Headlines

05 September: ZOME Energy Networks announced its free cloud-based energy program “ZOMEHOME” to further a household’s ability to reduce energy consumption with industry-standard smart home equipment.

30 August: "Nest and OhmConnect Partner to Bring Grid-Responsive Smart Thermostats to Scale" by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media.

29 August: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) released its "PowerForward" report - a roadmap to Ohio's electricity future.

28 August: The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator released a new toolkit: "Bringing Home Energy Information to Real Estate".

12 August: "Innovator's Spotlight: Wexus Technologies, Empowering Farmers with Data-Driven Insights" by Leanna Sweha, for The Vine blog.

07 August: "Artificial Intelligence-based Data Monitoring Helps ETS Clients Control Energy Costs", by Steve Lubetkin, GlobeSt.com. Article includes podcast interview with Jeff Hendler, CEO, Logical Buildings (formerly ETS).

07 August: Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative is now taking nominations for its "2018 Best Practices Awards" to be presented at its 2019 Consumer Symposium on 04 February 2019.

27 July: "Interview with David Havyatt, Architect of Australia's Consumer Data Right" by Michael Murray, Mission:data Coalition.

The Green Button Standard Ensures Customer Privacy & Secure Transmission of Energy Data

Did You Know?

The Green Button Standard Ensures Customer Privacy & Secure Transmission of Energy Data

The Green Button standard is designed to enable utility customers to easily access and securely share their electricity, natural gas, and water-usage information in a consistent format. The standard also ensures the energy-usage information data stream does not contain any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and must be transmitted using a secure-transmission process thus paving the way for utilities to meet requirements for customer privacy set forth in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the European Union as well as the principles outlined in the U.S. Department of Energy's voluntary DataGuard Energy Data Privacy Program.

  • The Green Button standard’s Retail Customer schema function requires utilities to transmit PII in a separate, secured transmission apart from the data stream used to transmit a customer’s energy-usage information and it requires the receiving application to logically connect the two, separate data streams.
  • The Retail Customer data stream transmission also must be authorized by the utility’s customer.
  • Green Button’s Retail Customer schema enables utilities to protect customers’ PII while allowing them to meet regulators’ and third party non-energy information requirements.

DataGuard Webinar Recording

The Green Button Alliance & the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative jointly hosted a webinar explaining the DataGuard Energy Data Privacy Program of the U.S. Department of Energy, with the leader of the program as a speaker and UtilityAPI explaining what their adoption of the program has meant to them.  View the recorded webinar to learn more

DataGuard

John Gurski of Energy Toolbase awarded REW 2018 Solar 40 Under 40

John Gurski, founder & CEO of GBA Participating Member company Energy Toolbase is awarded with a spot on Renewable Energy World’s inaugural “Solar 40 Under 40” list at Intersolar; highlighting leaders under the age of 40 in the solar industry: 

https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2018/07/renewable-energy-world-announces-its-inaugural-solar-40-under-40.html

Energy Toolbase

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.