Chairman's View | 2017-03

Posted By: Syed Mir Viewpoints,
This month, we welcome Mimi Zhang of  Silver Spring Networks  as Vice Chairman of the Green Button Alliance. Silver Spring Networks is a founding member of the Green Button Alliance and Ms. Zhang has been an instrumental part of the Alliance since its inception and also serves as head of the Alliance's member-led Global Marketing Committee. We also welcome founding board members Kim Cresencia of  SDG&E  and Amy Kight Costadone of  PG&E  to the Alliance's Secretary and Treasurer position respectively, filling the joint position previously held by Ms. Zhang. 
Since the formation two years ago of the Green Button Alliance - which successfully aligns industry leaders and innovators to collaborate to further the proliferation of the Green Button standard - we have seen first-hand the enormous, enabling benefits the Green Button is bringing to utilities in the way of new programs and energy data services that are giving their customers access and choice regarding their resource consumption. For the commercial building sector, access to single-format Green Button data is in extremely high demand due to the need for efficient monitoring and managing of energy consumption across buildings and across utilities' service areas. For the solar industry, and as was underscored in the recent "The New Era of DER Project Development" webinar by members Energy Toolbase and UtilityAPI, Green Button interval data are also essential for enabling highly accurate solar- and storage-project modeling.
The Green Button Alliance recently exhibited at DistribuTECH, the leading electric power transmission and distribution event, from 31 January - 2 February 2017, and held our Members Meeting on 1 February while in San Diego. The Alliance had an extremely successful showing at the event. Our booth was filled with attendees interested in Green Button benefits, use cases, and implementations. Our subsequent Annual Members Meeting was well-attended and information-packed. It was exciting to learn from utilities, leading companies, innovators, and government agencies about the great work taking-place around Green Button data - a clear demonstration of industry forward-movement and ecosystem growth. We are fortunate to have such a deeply qualified group of leaders at the helm of the Alliance and an active, participatory membership. We thank founding member SDG&E for hosting our Members Meeting! 

This month, we also feature Energyworx in our "Member Spotlight." Energyworx has garnered industry accolades due to the capabilities of its powerful, scalable, SaaS-based data-crunching platform. Read about Energyworx, below.
The new era - one that unlocks and maximizes standardized energy data - is here; and our members are enabling that and are driving innovations. Join us as we continue to grow the Green Button ecosystem internationally.
 Syed Mir, Chairman