The Green Button
The idea behind Green Button is simple. As a consumer, you will can access and use your personal energy usage data how you want. The federal government is encouraging utility companies to give consumers the ability to access their own energy usage information in an easy-to-use format for insight into how best to manage personal energy use. The concept took several years to make a reality, but today the Green Button is becoming more and more available to energy consumers.
Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, announced the start of Green Button on January 18, 2012. The initiative has already since been adopted by 3 of California’s largest utility companies, along with other innovative companies, giving access to roughly 6 million people initially. That number is continuing to grow.
The Green Button initiative is an example of the government encouraging industry to accelerate the use of a standard, as opposed to a federal mandate. Inevitably, this encouragement will create more educated energy consumers, which is good news for our planet and your bank account. The Green Button is a large part of the growing energy information economy.
The Open Energy Information initiative (OpenEI) is a platform toconnect the world’s energy data. It is a linked open data platformbringing together energy information to provide improved analyses,unique visualizations, and real-time access to data. OpenEI followsguidelines set by the White House’s Open Government Initiative , whichis focused on transparency, collaboration, and participation. OpenEIstrives to provide open access to this energy information, which willspur creativity and drive innovation in the energy sector.Articles l Homepage
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