The GBA also recognized Donald M. Kreis, Consumer Advocate, New Hampshire with the “2021 Energy Data Policy Leader” award for his leadership in envisioning the benefits of a standards-based Statewide, Multi-use, Energy Data Platform for the state of New Hampshire. Mr. Kreis was instrumental, along with colleague Jim Brennan, in drafting legislation for the platform's creation, including ensuring customer data privacy will be protected and specifying the platform will be tested and Certified by the GBA to ensure all the benefits of the Green Button Connect My Data standard will be gained by users. The legislation was signed by Governor Christopher Sununu in July, 2019. Through a cooperative and collaborative process with stakeholders, a unanimous settlement agreement regarding the platform's framework was reached in May, 2021. Policymakers in other states now look to New Hampshire’s model as an example when considering similar implementations in their states. The agreement is currently awaiting the PUC's approval which would enable the process of developing the platform to move forward.
The GBA thanks Mr. Syed, the team at the Ontario Ministry of Energy, and Mr. Kreis, for their industry leadership in driving forward energy policies to the benefit of constituents and congratulates them on their well-deserved recognitions.