Green Button from Coast to Coast


Last week was a flurry of energy activity with FierceEnergy editors covering conferences on both coasts. While I was in Long Beach, Calif. at Utilimetrics' Autovation, Travis was in D.C. at Clasma's GridWeek.

It was difficult to choose which conference to attend, since they were both held at virtually the same time.

Utilities faced a similar difficult decision. Take San Diego Gas and Electric, for example. Ted Reguly, SDG&E's Director of Customer Programs and Assistance, who had been slated to present at Autovation, found himself at Datapalooza in D.C. with SDG&E Smart Grid Director Lee Krevat. Meanwhile in Long Beach, Carol Manson, SDG&E's Technical Strategy Development manager, was taking the podium for Reguly.

Regardless of which coast you were on or which event you were at, one thing was evident. Green Button is red hot.

At Datapalooza and GridWeek, SDG&E rolled out Green Button Connect My Data, an automated, more advanced level of the initial Green Button data download tool, and the next step in the industry-led Green Button initiative. At Autovation, SDG&E was recognized by the Department of Energy's Chris Irwin as the first utility in the nation to move to this next level.

Whether you call it big data, data analytics, interoperability or any other buzzword, the high-level presentations on each coast covered the energy data initiative effectively, providing real world examples direct from the mouths of respected utility executives from across the country. The dynamic, interactive presentations addressed industry issues from strategic deployment to collecting, analyzing and measuring data to opt-out issues for electric, gas and water utility professionals from investor owned utilities, municipals and electric cooperatives.

And the conversations didn't stop there, with utility executives (both presenters and attendees) sharing their lessons learned and best practices without reservation.

As I said, the decision to attend Autovation vs. GridWeek was a difficult one but, ultimately, my experience could not have been better, having learned so much about the industry initiatives of specific utilities, as well as meeting so many highly respected utility executives. Next year, I hope I will not be faced with another difficult choice and can attend both.

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- Barb