Green Button is the common-sense idea that electricity customers should be able to download their own detailed household or building electricity usage information from their utility website, in a common consumer- and computer-friendly format.
With the Green Button initiative, energy providers are giving customers easy and secure online access to their personal energy use data. The program is the response from participating utilities to a challenge issued by the White House in 2011. The Green Button appears on the websites of participating utilities. Utility customers who log in and click the button are able to retrieve and download their personal energy use information.
The program also offers opportunity for developers and third parties to design Green Button Applications that can use the energy use data from customers, should they decide to upload and/or share it.
Participating Green Button Utility Providers
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Green Button Utility Participation Map
Utility service territory boundaries sourced by Ventyx Energy Velocity Suite, ©2012.
current as of 10/15/2012
Downloading Green Button Data
In order for customers to access green button energy use data their utility provider must participate in the program. Utility providers who do will display the green button on their webpage. The utility customer data may vary, depending on what their utility provider offers. Some may require that a smart meter be installed at the customer's home and connected to the network, while others may provide downloadable monthly data.
Green Button Download My Data
- Customers can log into their account on the utility website and click the green button. They will be asked to select the standardized download format. Provided the customer has the energy use history to do so, up to 13 months of data can be downloaded.
- Customers then save the data as a file on their computer. Once the data is downloaded it can also be shared or used with third party Green Button Applications
Benefits of Adopting the Green Button
The Green Button program offers unique differences and improvements over previous data access for customers.
First, is the availability of detailed energy use data. Utility customers are able to securely access their energy use data from the web.
Second, is the offering of energy use data in a detailed and standardized format. The Green Button program uses standards that were developed by industry in a consensus process and was supported and accelerated by a public-private partnership, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.
Third, is the ability for customers to share their energy use data with third parties and developers. The standardization of the data allows for easy exchange of data between consumers and third parties. The hope is that this sharing of data will foster and encourage energy awareness for consumers and innovation among application developers.
Use of Green Button Data
The ease of access to energy use will be useful for:
- Saving Money: understanding home energy usage and finding ways to reduce electricity consumption and reduce bills;
- Insight: entrepreneur-created web portals that can analyze energy usage and provide actionable tips;
- Heating and Cooling: customized heating and cooling activities for savings and comfort;
- Education: community and student energy-efficiency competitions;
- Retrofits: improved decision-support tools to facilitate energy-efficiency retrofits;
- Verification: measurement of energy-efficiency investments;
- Real Estate: provision of energy costs for tenants and/or new home purchasers; and
- Solar: optimize the size and cost-effectiveness of rooftop solar panels.
Green Button data will support energy audits for both homes and businesses. Consumers can also use a growing array of new web and smartphone tools to make more informed energy decisions, optimize the size and cost-effectiveness of solar panels for their home, or verify that energy-efficiency retrofit investments are performing as promised.
Additional Green Button Resources
- Administration Announces New Tools to Help Consumers Manage Electricity Use and Shrink Bills
- Empowering Customers With a Green Button
- New Industry Commitments to Give 15 Million Households Tools to Shrink Their Energy Bills
- Statements of Support for Green Button Initiative
- Green Button Giving Millions of Americans Better Handle on Energy Costs
- NIST Smart Grid Collaboration Wiki
- Energy Services Provider Interface
- Green Button Consumer Apps
- Green Button Developer Resources
Early Adopter Statements of Support
- California's Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric were the first utility providers to offer customers downloadable data formatted with green button standards.
- In January 2012 Southern California Edison, Glendale Water & Power, Oncor and PEPCO Holdings announced that they will support the Green Button program at some time in 2012.
- Further commitment for Green Button was received on March 22, 2012 from American Electric Power, Austin Energy, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, CenterPoint Energy, Commonwealth Edison, NSTAR, PECO, Reliant and Dominion Virginia Power.
- Chattanooga EPB, National Grid, PacifiCorp, PPL Electric Utilities and TXU Energy announced support on May 2, 2012.
- June 16, 2012 - American Electric Power-Texas,CenterPoint Energy, Oncor, and Texas-New Mexico Power went live with Green Button data on the Smart Meter Texas website.
- October 1, 2012 - Bangor Hydro Electric Company, Central Maine Power, Consolidated Edison, Efficiency Vermont, JEA, Northeast Utilities, Sawnee Electric Membership Corportation, Kootenai Electric Cooperative, Inc. and The United Illuminating Company announced new or expanded commitments.
- Technology support for utility deployment of Green Button has been pledged by Aclara, Itron, Lucid, MyEnergy, OPower, Oracle, Silver Spring Networks and Tendril.
- "Obama Administration Highlights Tools to Manage Electricity Use"
- "Green Button Gives Millions of Consumers Access to Electricity Usage Information"
- "Pennsylvania PUC Supports Green Button"
- "Green Button Data: More Power to You"
- "National Grid, PacifiCorp Among Latest Green Button Commitments"
- "Pacific Power Joins ‘Green Button’ Initiative"
- "Rocky Mountain Power Joins National Green Button Initiative"
- "PPL Electric Utilities Pushing the 'Green Button' for Energy Savings"
- "TXU Energy Joins ‘Green Button’ Initiative"
- "Texas soon to go live with Green Button"
- "Energy Datapalooza Fact Sheet"