All aboard the Green Button bandwagon?
By: SGN Staff
By Doug Peeples
SGN News Editor
It started with an idea floated last fall by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra: a simple online tool to help customers with smart meters take advantage of their energy use information and cut their power bills â€“ and for utilities to make that data available through a standardized, easy-to-use format.
Now, the White House has just announced that the Green Button program, thanks to early adopters and utilities and vendors making new commitments to it, will make that easily accessible information available to 15 million households this year.
The Green Button is actually several tools in one. Consumers can use it to help them choose the most economical rate plans for their electricity use patterns and get customized energy efficiency tips. In addition, the program includes tools to help consumers size and finance rooftop solar panels and take advantage of virtual energy audit software for even more cost savings.
Utilities making new commitments to Green Button include: American Electric Power, Austin Energy, Baltimore Gas & Electric, CenterPoint Energy, Commonwealth Edison, NSTAR, PECO, Reliant and Virginia Dominion Power. Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, Oncor, Glendale Water & Power and San Diego Gas & Electric made similar commitments in January.
For more details on the utilities and vendors supporting the Green Button program, click the links below to read some of their press releases and a new white paper on customer engagement and data standardization from eMeter and Simple Energy.
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