December 2017


GBA Updates & News | 
GBA's 2018 Annual Members Meeting & Breakfast  
The GBA's Annual Members Meeting & Breakfast will be held on 24 January at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas to coincide with DistribuTECH 2018. The Members Meeting & Breakfast will be sponsored by board member / Participating Member company Think Energy. Learn how far the Green Button Alliance has come in three years and what's next for standards-based Green Button energy usage data, implementations and applications internationally. Members & interested non-members welcome, RSVP here.
GBA at DistribuTECH 2018
The Green Button Alliance is sponsoring a member-oriented booth at DistribuTECH 2018,  23-25 January in San Antonio, Texas. The GBA booth (#3247) is a 10x20 space located in the main exhibition hall of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities and participating in the booth, please contact Jeremy J. Roberts, General Manager, Green Button Alliance at jroberts@greenbuttonalliance.org for more details.
UtilityAPI Awarded Second U.S. DOE Grant
Green Button Alliance board member, UtilityAPI, was recently awarded its second U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant. The company is utilizing the funds to build a Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) implementation for utilities that will enable their account holders to easily and safely share their energy usage and billing data with energy service providers. This will be the first Green Button CMD implementation designed specifically for the needs of the distributed energy market.
Green Button at Australian Utility Week
GBA Vice Chair, Mimi Zhang of Silver Spring Networks, spoke during three sessions at this year's Australian Utility Week held 29-30 November in Melbourne. As part of her presentation on c ustomer data hubs for connected energy consumers, Zhang educated attendees on the benefits of standardized Green Button energy data and highlighted Green Button implementations and applications.
Member Spotlight | Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative
The Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) , formerly the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, is a nonprofit organization that works to learn the wants and needs of energy consumers in the United States, encourage the collaborative sharing of best practices in consumer engagement among industry stakeholders and educate the public about the benefits of the smart grid and related energy programs.

Consumer Energy Data at the 2018 Consumer Symposium

Each year at DistribuTECH, SECC hosts its one-day  Consumer Symposium, a unique event that dives into the issues shaping the utility-customer relationship now and in the next several years. The 2018 edition on Monday, 22 January will feature a keynote address from Felecia Etheridge, Chief Customer Engagement Officer at CPS Energy, and several panel sessions, including an interactive discussion on consumer energy data moderated by the Green Button Alliance.  The energy data panel, entitled "Enabling Consumers with Access, Choice and Control of Their Energy Data" will feature speakers from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Tendril.
 
During this session, panelists will cover best practices for enabling access to consumer energy data that also ensure privacy and security. The discussion will be highly interactive, with audience polling and opinion playing a significant role, and will address the foremost issues around consumer energy data access and sharing today. The complete one-day agenda can be found here.
Giving a Voice to Energy Consumers through Research

On behalf of its 140-plus members, SECC conducts timely,  shared-cost research that explores consumers' wants and needs and their understanding of how they stand to benefit from grid modernization. In 2017, the organization published six reports, including an update of its flagship "Consumer Pulse and Market Segmentation Study", the industry's longest-running analysis of consumers' knowledge of and attitudes toward the smart grid, smart meters and related products and services. Future reports will cover consumer preferences on utility-led, e-commerce platforms and an assessment of the wants and needs of small-and-medium business consumers.

To learn more about the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative, visit  www.smartenergycc.org, or follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter.
In the Headlines |
19 December article: "Canada: Proposed Regulation to Require All Ontario Utilities to Implement Green Button by July 1, 2020" by John Vellone and Ada Chidichimo Keon, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
 
On 26 November, the Australian government announced it will legislate a national Consumer Data Right , allowing customers open access to their banking, energy, phone and internet transactions. As part of the Consumer Data Right , utilities will be required to provide standard, comparable, easy-to-read digital information that third parties can readily access.
Upcoming Events | 
SECC: Transforming the  Customer Relationship
22 January 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas

DistribuTECH
23-25 January 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas


GBA 2018 Annual Members Meeting & Breakfast
24 January 2018, 8:00-10:00am
The Menger Hotel
San Antonio, Texas


Smart Energy Summit
19-21 February 2018
Omni Austin Downtown
Austin, Texas



For a complete listing of GBA-related events, please see our  industry events calendar .