October 2018
GBA News & Updates

Utilities Continue to Look to Green Button Connect My Data

Forward-thinking utilities and regulators interested in better-serving utility customers by providing them with easy, digital access to their own energy data and the ability to enable them to authorize the secure sharing of their data for additional analysis, continue to look to Green Button Connect My Data : the industry’s proven data-access and secure-data-sharing protocol.

  • In October 2018, in a compliance filing to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), Entergy Texas proposed to provide Green Button Connect My Data functionality to its customers to enable third-party data access to customer data with customer consent.

  • In August 2018, within its data privacy tariff filing to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers Energy committed to provide Green Button Connect My Data functionality to its customers in the third-quarter of 2019.

  • In June 2018, in its Utility 2.0 Long Range Plan prepared for the Long Island Power Authority, PSEG Long Island proposed to support Green Button Connect My Data in June 2019. 

  • In May 2018, the PUCT approved recommended improvements to the Smart Meter Texas (SMT) portal to update the portal to be more in-line with Green Button and growing the market for energy information services.

The most-recent utility commitments, if approved by regulators, will bring the total number of customers across the U.S. that will have access to Green Button Connect My Data to 36.1 million, according to the Mission:data Coalition.

Green Button Connect My Data
Certification Program
Now Available for Utilities
Last month, the Green Button Alliance launched its Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) Certification Program for electricity, natural gas, and water utilities ("data custodians").
Utilities testing and certifying their implementations through the Green Button Alliance's Green Button CMD Certification Program are assured their solutions are compliant to the Green Button data-sharing methods and will enable customer data access and secure data sharing with third-party vendors. Utility implementations that are Green Button Certified CMD ensure customer privacy and the seamless-and-secure transmission of data to third-party solutions.

  • Learn more about the full capabilities of the industry standard Green Button Connect My Data and its benefits to utilities and their customers in this informative, two-page datasheet (PDF).

Utilities that are planning to leverage Green Button Connect My Data to provide their customers with digital access to their data and/or to offer new customer-data -driven solutions, can contact the Green Button Alliance for assistance in preparing for testing and certification. Utilities that are already in process of developing CMD offerings, apply for certification here .
Mark Your Calendars for
GBA All-Member Meetings

  • Mark your calendars! The Green Button Alliance will hold an All-Member Meeting via dial-in and web on 30 October at 2:00pm ET. Participation logistics will be sent via email prior to the meeting.

  • The GBA's monthly Green Button Global Marketing Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00pm ET. The next meeting is 07 November and all members are invited to attend. Keep an eye out for an email containing participation logistics for this 30-minute meeting - and join us!

For a full listing of GBA meetings and events, please see our calendar .
Do You Know?:
Green Button "Usage Summary" Capability Enables Utilities to Provide Non-energy Billing-statement Information and All Utility Billing Categories  

Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) is an open-data standard designed to unlock access to utility interval-usage and billing data and to provide seamless access for software applications. The protocol enables customers of energy or water utilities to authorize third-party solutions to quickly and securely obtain interval-meter data and it enables an accurate and detailed level of analysis.

Do you know the Green Button "Usage Summary" capability enables utilities to provide non-energy billing-statement information and contains all billing categories including:
  • Payments; generation and distribution charges; tariff name; demand charges; third-party charges; administrative adjustments; etc.
  • Green Button Usage Summary enables utilities to provide billing consumption for energy units, including cost, enabling energy managers to easily capture data from multiple locations to significantly simplify energy reporting.
  • Green Button Usage Summary enables third-party applications to provide customers with a finer-breakdown of their monthly energy usage.
GBA Board of Directors
Nominations Now Open!

The Green Button Alliance is now accepting nominations of Participating Members to fill two open seats on its Board of Directors for the 2019 year. If your company is a Participating Member in the Green Button Alliance, you can nominate a candidate from your company to join the GBA's Board of Directors via the email you should have received if you are eligible (email subject: "GBA Participating Member Elections - Nominations").
All Participating Member companies' employees are eligible for nomination. GBA Board seats available for Participating Member company election include:

  • A two-year seat for the candidate garnering the most votes.
  • A one-year seat for the candidate with the next-most number of votes.

Nominations will close on 30 October 2018!
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