Corey Lee Wilson
How to Use Your Energy Provider’s Green Button Electricity Use Data
Utilities and electricity suppliers in 27 states across various regulatory regimes have committed to provide 36 million US homes and businesses with Green Button data, over 16 million of which already have. All three of California’s major utility companies PG&E, SCE and SDG&E were early participants.
The Green Button initiative is an industry-led effort that provides utility customers with easy and secure access to their energy usage information in a consumer-friendly and computer-friendly format. Customers are able to securely download their own detailed energy usage with a simple click of a literal "Green Button" on electric utilities' websites.
Green Button Data Helps Customers Manage Their Building’s Electricity Usage
The Green Button initiative was officially launched in January 2012. With their own data in hand, consumers can take advantage of a growing array of online services to help them manage energy use and save on their bills. To date, a total over 50 utilities and electricity suppliers have signed on to the initiative.
In total, these commitments ensure that over 60 million homes and businesses will be able to securely access their own energy information in a standard format. This number will continue to grow as utilities nation-wide voluntarily make energy data more available to their customers in this common, machine-readable format.
What does Green Button Data Include?
The Green Button data standard is flexible enough to handle different types of energy data and time interval usage, and applications are being developed for both residential and commercial customers. The data can be provided in 15-minute, hourly, daily, or monthly intervals depending on what a utility decides to make available and what level of detail they are able to provide.
The Green Button Initiative is not limited to utilities that have deployed smart meters that produce very detailed information about energy consumption, but also includes utilities that are able to provide only monthly billing data.
What is Green Button Connect My Data?
Many utilities are implementing Green Button Download My Data which means that the utility customer can download their own energy consumption data directly to their own computer, and if they so choose, upload their own data to a third party application.
Green Button Connect My Data is a new capability which allows utility customers to automate the secure transfer of their own energy usage data to authorized third parties like MicroNOC, based on affirmative (opt-in) customer consent and control. For an example of how to set up your green button on SCE, please check out the attached link below.