March 2018

GBA Updates & News | 
GBA Welcomes New Members ETS, Unitil, & ZOME Energy Networks!
ETS - Energy Technology Savings - is an energy technology, behavior management, and smart building services provider.  Integration of ETS' Smart Building AI Platform links specific property management activities with smart meter and IoT data technologies that significantly lower energy costs, improve work flow productivity, and extract new revenue streams from existing property assets. ETS serves more than 60 million square feet of major multifamily and mixed-use properties.
Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitil's operating utilities serve approximately 105,000 electric customers and 81,300 natural gas customers. Other subsidiaries include Usource, Unitil's non-regulated business segment. Unitil recently installed a new customer information system, upgrading its internal and external capabilities. Electric customers can now access Green Button data for their accounts through a secure account management portal. 
ZOME Energy Networks   provides a cloud-based "microservice" modular solution enabling apartment building owners to save energy and convert energy costs to revenue generation; utilities to provide advanced energy management programs; device manufacturers to add value; and consumers to easily enroll in, and remain motivated to participate in, energy management programs offered by their electric utilities.  ZOME also provides analytics solutions to energy eco-system companies to optimize their programs and solutions.
Standing: Usman Syed, Ontario Ministry of Energy, discussing Green Button energy data access and benefits
GBA Members Imparted Expertise During 'Consumer Access to Energy Data' Session at SECC's 2018 Symposium
On 22 January, at the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative's (SECC) 2018 Consumer Symposium, "Transforming the Customer Relationship,"  co-located with DistribuTECH 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, Green Button Alliance members, Ontario Ministry of Energy and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), were joined by Tendril on the "Enabling Consumers with Access, Choice and Control of their Energy Data" panel. The well-attended session was led by Jeremy J. Roberts, General Manager, GBA, and it featured an interactive, audience-polling question-and-answer portion, with panelists' also providing responses. 
L-R: Devin Hampton, Lynne Wander, Daniel Roesler of UtilityAPI
GBA Exhibited at DistribuTECH 2018
From 23-25 January, the Green Button Alliance exhibited  in a member-oriented booth at DistribuTECH 2018. GBA members staffing the booth educated attendees on best-practices for enabling utility customer access to, and sharing of, standards-based Green Button energy data.  GBA members including utility data-access experts UtilityAPI were on-hand to answer attendee questions and discuss capabilities of new Green Button solutions.  
L-R: Jeremy Roberts, GBA; London Hydro team in GBA booth at DistribuTECH 2018
Utility London Hydro offered an educational demonstration on the value of Green Button energy data behind-the-meter. The  GBA thanks member companies including ENGIE, Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), London Hydro, UtilityAPI, Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC), and the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) for their support and participation in the GBA's booth at DistribuTECH 2018.
GBA's 2018 Annual General Meeting 
The Green Button Alliance held its Annual General Meeting & Breakfast at The Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, on 24 January to coincide with DistribuTECH 2018. Attendees from  leading utilities, governmental departments and agencies, solution providers, and industry associations gathered to discuss successes and industry forward-movement  for  standards-based Green Button energy usage data, implementations, applications, and services; internationally.
Cengizhan Yenerim, ENGIE; Keynote at GBA 
2018 General Meeting in San Antonio
The meeting featured an insightful keynote from Green Button Alliance board member Cengizhan Yenerim of ENGIE, who addressed the energy revolution, customer centricity, and the importance of access to data. Other presenters included Usman Syed of the Ontario Ministry of Energy, who discussed the path forward for consumer access to energy data in Ontario, Canada, and other speakers who highlighted new Green Button developments and programs. The Green Button Alliance thanks member ENGIE for hosting the meeting and breakfast and the attendees for their participation during the meeting.
In the Headlines | 

February 2018: "How the Green Button Initiative Could Open Up a World of Innovation" by the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO).

Smart Meter Texas (SMT) settlement calls for streamlined customer authorization process and Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) API. Read more in 6 February article:  "Texas Takes a Big Step in Improving Access to Smart Meter Data" by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media. 

17 January: " Consumer Platform of the Future" report, by Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC), f ound that about half of U.S. energy consumers would probably or definitely use the "Platform," which was defined as an online energy resource that would combine energy usage data, user preference settings, real-time energy data, energy programs and offers, and use this information to help the user understand and manage home energy use.

19 January, Green Button Alliance member ETS featured in article:  " ETS Using Technology to Slash Multifamily Energy Costs" by Tom Bergeron, ROI-NJ.
Upcoming Events | 

26-29 March 2018
ACL Moody Theater
Austin, Texas, USA
RESO 2018 Spring Technology Summit
24-26 April 2018
The Curtis Hotel
Denver, Colorado, USA

Digital Utilities of the Future
17-18 May 2018
Adelaide Hotel Downtown
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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