Green Button initiative to be expanded by 15 million households


Dr John P. Holdren,
Director, White House
Office of Science and
Technology Policy
Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 23, 2012 – At a meeting at the White House yesterday utilities and companies gave commitments to expand the availability of the Green Button initiative by more than 15 million households.

The nine utilities that will provide the Green Button are American Electric Power (5.3 million customers in 11 states), Austin Energy (400,000 customers), Baltimore Gas and Electric (1.2 million customers), CenterPoint Energy (1.8 million households), Commonwealth Edison (3.4 million households), NSTAR (1.1 million households), PECO (1.4 million households), Reliant (500,000 households), and Virginia Dominion Power (2.4 million customers).

These utilities will join Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Oncor, Pepco Holdings Inc., Glendale Water and Power, and San Diego Gas & Electric, which are providing the Green Button to their almost 12 million customers since its launch in January 2012.

The Green Button is an initiative that was proposed by then U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra to enable customers to download their energy usage data in a standardized format with one click on a button and give them more control over their usage. The basis of Green Button is the NAESB ESPI standard.

Several companies also announced commitments to support utility deployment of the Green Button, including Itron, OPower, Oracle, and Silver Spring Networks. These join existing commitments from Aclara and Tendril.

Companies also announced that they are developing applications or services for businesses and consumers using the ESPI standard, including Belkin, Efficiency 2.0, EnergySavvy, FirstFuel, Honest Buildings, Lucid, Plotwatt, Schneider-Electric, Simple Energy, and Sunrun.

“Empowering American families to shrink their own utility bills is an important part of this Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “With new online tools made possible by the Green Button, families will have easy access to information on how they can reduce their energy use and put more money in their pocket.”

In addition a number of other related initiatives were launched by federal agencies.

With support from Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Itron and the Gridwise Alliance, the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an “Apps for Energy” contest aimed to spur development of energy-related software applications based on the ESPI standard.

The DOE has also launched an online map that enables utilities across the country to show the progress they are making towards providing their customers access to their energy data.

Finally the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel has announced a new initiative in the form of a new priority action plan, "Green Button ESPI Evolution," to help support the expanding implementation of the Green Button in the electric industry.