Leading businesses and organizations support the White House Green Button energy data initiative
- 22 March 2012
NEW YORK: Today the White House announced that nine new utilities are adopting the industry-led Green Button initiative, a move which is welcomed by the 27 leading companies and organizations who first called for greater consumer access to energy data two years ago.
The nine new major utilities and electricity suppliers join six others in signing on to the Green Button initiative, committing to provide more than 15 million households secure access to their own energy data at the click of a mouse.
Today’s announcement is welcomed by a group of 27 leading companies and organizations including The Climate Group, BT, GE Energy, Google, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Johnson Controls and VantagePoint Venture Partners, that voiced support for the initiative in an open letter to President Obama today. See the full list of signatories below.
The Green Button initiative, which is being highlighted as part of the President’s energy tour this week, is the result of a framework the Administration released in June 2011 which built on the group’s efforts to accelerate consumer access to energy data, entitled A Policy for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future.
This framework was a manifestation of the vision first outlined in another open letter sent in April 2010 by a group of 47 companies and organizations, which called upon US policy makers to “adopt the goal of giving every household and business access to timely, useful and actionable information on their energy use”.
With the information that the Green Button initiative provides, consumers can take advantage of an increasing number of online services that will help manage their energy use, and save them money.
Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality said: “Green Button will arm millions of Americans with information they can use to lower their energy bills. Innovative tools like these are good for our economy, good for the health of our communities, and an essential part of our approach toward a secure and clean energy future that works for Americans.”
Molly Webb, Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group says: “The Green Button initiative drives innovation in energy management in ways we cannot even imagine yet. A 15% reduction in electricity consumption by 2020 can save consumers $46 billion on energy bills or $360 per customer per year, and it is the equivalent of 35 million cars off the roads. It really is satisfying to see a simple idea - that had initially seemed complicated to implement – starting to make tangible progress. But because utilities and service providers need to adopt the initiative voluntarily, we must keep the momentum going to encourage as many companies as possible to adopt this transparent approach. Once we see even greater adoption across the US, other countries will soon follow.”
Today's letter to President Obama is signed by: Alliance to Save Energy, The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), BT, The Climate Group, Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG), Digital Energy & Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC), Energy Future Coalition, EnergyHub, EnerNOC, Inc., Environmental Defense Fund, GE Energy, Google Inc., Green Electronics Council, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Itron, The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), Johnson Controls, Inc., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Opto 22, Panasonic Corporation of North America, Schneider Electric, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Tendril, U.S. Green Building Council, VantagePoint Capital Partners and Verizon.
Today the Department of Energy also announced an Apps for Energy contest to spur innovative energy data tool development which complements $8 million in grant funding, as well as launched an online map displaying utilities' progress towards giving customers access to their own energy information.
Molly Webb's blog on the Green Button initiative