GLENDALE, California – Glendale Water & Power is the newest utility to respond to the Obama Administration's call-to-action for utilities to launch a "Green Button" tool for customers to download their detailed household energy usage with a simple click of a button. The concept of a Green Button builds on policy objectives of the Obama Administration's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future and Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid to ensure that consumers have timely access to their own energy data in consumer-friendly and computer-friendly formats.
Glendale Water & Power executives recently attended a Green Button event in Santa Clara CA, where utilities and smart grid vendors publicized the launch of what could be a nationwide standard for delivering household energy data in a common format. Large investor owned utilities are already using Green Button to deliver data to about 6 million customers, and other utilities across the country have committed to adopt Green Button in 2012.
"Glendale is already ahead of the curve. We are implementing our Smart Grid system and are ready to deliver the benefits that go with it, including giving customers access to their energy and water information", stated Glenn Steiger, General Manager of GWP. "Green Button is another added bonus, making it convenient for our customers to get their energy data so they can make more informed decisions about their energy usage", added Steiger. Glendale Water & Power was the first utility in the nation to sign a Department of Energy grant for $20 million that helped accelerate the installation of the smart meters and move GWP into the Smart Grid.
"Green Button marks the beginning of a new era of consumer control over energy use, and local empowerment to cut waste and save money," said U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra, who also serves as associate director of Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "With the benefits of open data standards, app developers and other innovators can apply their creativity to bring the smart grid to life for families – not only in California but in communities all across the nation."
Glendale Water & Power will work with its current vendor, OPower, to deliver Green Button data to customers through GWP's online portal, which is currently being developed in-house. The new portal, which GWP plans to call My Connect, will give customers access to a variety of online tools to help them pay their bills, see and manage their usage and also share tips and information on energy conservation.