The Green Button initiative is getting more and more popular, with the launch of a new web portal developed by Tendril called Green Button Connect. As described in a recent article on Jetson Green, “One side of the site serves consumers who can upload their green button data and try out different applications to make sense of it. The other side of the site serves developers who want to develop applications for these consumers to use.”
Describing the Green Button initiative itself, the article explains, “The voluntary Green Button Initiative, launched in 2011 by then-U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, asks utility companies to standardize consumer energy consumption data, and to make that data file available to each utility customer.”
“Consumers should have access to their own energy usage information,” Chopra said at the initiative’s launch. So far, about 10 million utility customers in California have that access, and utilities in Texas and Maryland have publicly committed to the initiative.”
One of the first applications to be available for Green Button data is Simple Energy. ” Simple Energy takes an interactive gaming approach. The application says it “enables people to become more engaged with their own energy consumption by comparing their use with friends and neighbors on social platforms where they’re already spending time: Facebook, email and mobile apps.”
The article goes on to describe how more applications should become available soon. “Clearly there is momentum behind the initiative. In late January, Tendril hosted an event in New York where, in 24 hours, teams of programmers jammed out prototype apps to use Green Button Data for home energy monitoring and analysis. Some 240 application developers have registered to use the Tendril platform through Green Button Connect, and at least 50 applications are in active development.”
The applications that can be developed with Green Button data are a great example of the innovative solutions that can be created with the support of government policy encouraging open access to valuable information. We’re excited to see what these creative folks come up with next!