September 2019
Welcome New Members

The Green Button Alliance consists of 40 member companies and growing! Member companies include utilities, service providers, government entities and affiliate organizations. The GBA welcomes new members Accelerated Innovations and Green Energy Solutions!
"Accelerated Innovations helps utilities give their customers greater control over their energy use, reduce their energy consumption and improve customer satisfaction. Our technology increases opportunities for a utility to engage, communicate, and empower customers through energy use feedback, alerts, analytics and prepaid billing; strengthening the interaction between customers and their utility."
"Green Energy Solutions is a energy brokerage and advisory firm whose mission is to "Create a Sustainable Tomorrow, Today!" We help residential clients and businesses lower electricity and natural gas costs in deregulated energy markets through partnerships with Energy Supply Companies (ESCO's), Solar Panel firms, the use of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and proprietary technological advancements and software systems."
Green Button News & Updates

New Hampshire Moves Forward on Statewide Energy Data Access Platform


New Hampshire is poised to move forward on a statewide, multi-use utility-customer energy -data platform that includes the benefits of the Green Button Connect My Data standard. Governor Christopher Sununu has signed Senate Bill (SB) 284 —a bill introduced at the request of the Office of the Consumer Advocate (OCA) . The OCA represents the interests of New Hampshire’s residential ratepayers. 

The statewide, utility-customer energy-data platform would allow utilities, their customers, and authorized third parties to access the online platform and participate in the secure sharing of energy-usage data. The bill requires the platform to be certified by the Green Button Alliance and specifies that the platform supports the Energy Service Provider Interface of the North American Energy Standards Board and the Green Button  Connect My Data  data-access and -sharing initiative of the Green Button Alliance.

“Green Button is the gold standard,” explained Don Kreis, Office of the Consumer Advocate. Kreis worked with his director of finance, Jim Brennan, to draft a bill that strikes the right balance between data accessibility and data privacy.
 
“We built our data-platform proposal on top of the strong data-privacy protections our office previously persuaded our legislature to adopt,” Kreis explained. “Individual customers will have to give specific permission before third parties access their PII – personally identifiable information.” At the same time, the bill calls for the platform to make aggregated and anonymized data widely available.
 
The scalable and flexible platform will be a boon not just to innovative companies looking to develop energy-related services but also to municipalities seeking to make the benefits of retail electric choice available to their residents. A separate bill, also just signed by Sununu, allows cities and towns in New Hampshire to create “community choice aggregation” (CCA) plans—arrangements for securing lower energy prices or an energy-source mix that includes more renewables—on an opt-out basis; changing from out-in to opt-out has led CCA to explode in popularity in neighboring Massachusetts.

The New Hampshire data platform will be developed according to a collaborative process involving the state’s three investor-owned electric utilities and stakeholders with oversight by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC must open a proceeding by year’s end to begin the process of determining how the platform will be governed, designed, and operated. There is also a provision that allows the PUC to pause the project if it is too costly.
 
“We’re confident we can demonstrate that a statewide, utility-customer data platform will not just be cost-effective but will help secure the benefits of deregulation and grid modernization for consumers at long last,” said Kreis.
WattzOn Launches Mobile Capture for Utility Bill Data

Green Button Alliance member WattzOn , a leading provider of utility bill data solutions, recently launched SNAP , a new AI-powered application to enable energy and cleantech companies to quickly capture data from utility bills. The user simply uploads a bill .pdf or takes a photo of a paper bill. WattzOn has built a library of AI models that accurately extract key data from the bill in seconds. The SNAP service supports field sales teams by providing key, highly accurate bill data from the single bill, enabling customized quotes and energy pricing on the spot. WattzOn also offers LINK, which is a Green Button -type service used in regions where Green Button is not yet available. LINK provides an entire billing history and interval data (when available). Both LINK and SNAP deliver data via WattzOn's APIs in seconds, ready for integration into CRM, ERP and customer software tools. To learn more about SNAP or LINK, visit WattzOn.com .
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GBA Board of Directors Nominations Now Open

The Green Button Alliance is now accepting nominations of Participating Members to fill two seats on its Board of Directors for the 2020 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 will receive if you are eligible (email subject: "GBA Participating Member Elections - Nominations") or by sending your nomination to nominations@greenbuttonalliance.org . 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 15 October 2019!

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Green Button Alliance Meetings
 GBA's Upcoming All-Member Meetings

  • The GBA hosts the OpenADE Task Force technical meetings every Tuesday at 3:00pm ET, both GBA members and non-members are invited to attend. Visit the GBA's online calendar for logistics.

  • The GBA's next All-Member Call will be held via dial-in and web on 01 October at 2:00pm EDT. All members are invited to attend. Participation logistics will be emailed to GBA Members.

  • The GBA's monthly Green Button Co-Marketing Meetings occur the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00pm ET. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 02 October. All GBA members are invited to attend this 30-minute meeting. Participation logistics will be emailed to GBA Members. Members can also login to download the information.

For a full listing of GBA meetings and events, p lease visit GBA's Calendar page or subscribe to our public calendar...
Upcoming Events
07-09 October
Cambridge, MA
16-17 October
San Diego, CA

Enter code " GBA 15 " for 15% off when registering .
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