Chairman's View | 2016-03

Posted By: Syed Mir Viewpoints,
Beginning in 2010, the U.S. federal government launched a series of My Data initiatives, including the Green Button Initiative, to empower consumers with easy and secure access to their own personal data, which includes their Green Button energy usage data.  The U.S. federal government continues to be an enabler of personal data access  initiatives.  Utilities and service providers are also working to engage with their customers, provide their customers with access to their energy usage data, administer energy efficiency programs, and meet increasing regulatory requirements.  Vendors are developing and delivering powerful business and customer solutions that require secure access to customer data in a standard format─specifically what the Green Button standard was designed to enable.
This month we feature founding member Silver Spring Networks, Inc. in our "Member Spotlight."  Read below how Silver Spring's engagement portal, CustomerIQ, uses Green Button Download My Data and how its SilverLink™  Data Platform collects and manages connected device data, while enabling an open ecosystem of applications and can also provide a Green Button Connect My Data interface. 
Members of the Green Button Alliance also continue to make security and smart grid customer data privacy a priority and are voluntarily adopting the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)  DataGuard Energy Data Privacy Program which should help to further consumer awareness and assurance─as well as choice and consent.
As the energy industry continues to transform globally, utilities, energy service providers, vendors, and connected customers are increasingly requiring secure access to open, reliable customer energy usage data─made available through standards-based technology such as Green Button.
An energy-efficient future needs us today.  We look forward to working with you.
─Syed Mir