Solution Delivers Upon Company’s Vision of Enabling Seamless Access to Energy Data While Protecting Customer Privacy
Oakland, Calif., December 23, 2018- Today, UtilityAPI announced that it is the first U.S. company to certify a Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) platform. With testing done by UL and the Green Button Alliance, UtilityAPI has proven that its platform for transacting energy data exceeds the global Green Button standard. UtilityAPI’s Data Exchange Platform now offers a certified, commercially available solution for utilities and utility vendors looking to offer Green Button Connect My Data.
“UtilityAPI has been leading the market in developing secure and seamless tools for sharing energy data. It is an honor to be the first U.S. company to be certified as meeting the international standard for providing Green Button Connect to our customers.”, said Daniel Roesler, Founder and CEO of UtilityAPI.
As a Certified CMD implementation, UtilityAPI's EE/DER Engagement Platform enables utilities to provide data exchange tools for empowering customers; opening a new way for engaging with Distributed Energy Resource providers and Energy Efficiency companies. With the insights gained through UtilityAPI’s standardized data protocols, utilities can continue to manage the energy economy of the future.
“The Green Button CMD protocol was created to meet the consumer market’s demand for easy access to utility-held energy-usage information while ensuring customer information privacy and data security,” said Donald F. Coffin, Technical Manager, Green Button Alliance. “UtilityAPI’s Data Exchange Platform underwent testing by UL and has earned the Green Button Alliance’s CMD compliance certification, thus assuring customers it meets the security and privacy requirements mandated by the Green Button CMD protocol.”
What is Green Button Connect?
Green Button Connect My Data (also called Green Button Connect) is an international standard for providing third-party data access to, and secure sharing of, utility customer data; including account, billing, and interval usage data.
UtilityAPI is a mission-driven software company based in Oakland, California. UtilityAPI’s data exchange tools are used to accelerate deployment and monitoring of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency technologies. Some of the top solar, storage, and energy efficiency companies rely on UtilityAPI’s tools every day. For utilities and utility vendors UtilityAPI enables seamless data access and behind the meter insights through a safe, secure, and standardized data exchange platform. UtilityAPI also works with regulators and local governments to shape effective utility data access policies.
UtilityAPI is proud to be featured in the January GreenButton Alliance newsletter! Check out the full newsletter and our membership spotlight here.
Oakland, Calif. (October 26, 2017) UtilityAPI, an enterprise software company that is accelerating the shift to a clean energy economy, announced today that Co-founder and CEO/CTO, Daniel Roesler has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Green Button Alliance (GBA). The Green Button Alliance’s board consists of U.S. and international energy industry leaders who collaborate to accelerate the delivery of energy and water usage data technologies that enable businesses and consumers to easily access their consumption data in a standardized and secure format for the optimal management of their resource use. With growing demand for data from energy efficiency and renewable projects, UtilityAPI provides the quickest and most secure way to obtain usage and billing data for clean energy development.
“As a member, I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the Green Button Alliance, I am excited to have the opportunity to continue leading the development of a secure and efficient platform for energy usage data as a member of the board.”
UtilityAPI offers utility data access and automation services, including Green Button integrations, for distributed energy resources (DERs), building management, and energy efficiency companies. UtilityAPI has a deep understanding of the technical aspects of Green Button, participates heavily in OpenADE working group, and integrates with all current US Green Button Connect implementations. Recently, the Department of Energy awarded UtilityAPI a $1.9M grant to further expand third-party adoption of Green Button.
Mr. Roesler will represent participating members for a 2-year term through 2019. For more information on what we do at UtilityAPI or for general press inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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There is hardly ever a dull moment when working at start up, but I do try to keep my ear to the ground to one of my favorite topics in the energy space: storage. I love it. The space is developing so quickly and addressing renewables’ intermittency. Equally exciting, it can address gaps left by aging “peaker”-plants and decommissioned nuclear facilities. As a California native I lived through the rolling black out days after Enron and most recently the massive methane leak north of Los Angeles, and hold high hopes for what renewables + storage can do to prevent such disasters.
A recent paper published by AutoGrid took a look at the economics of battery storage, and pointed to the co-benefits both to ratepayers and utilities of the technology. During graduate school in San Diego, I worked with team analyzing the economics of battery storage for one of the large investor owned utilities. Our results aligned well with the Autogrid paper, noting that the economics are already make sense for C&I customers through demand charge reduction. Demand charges can make up 40-60 percent of a C&I customer’s bill, and even modest reductions can lead to significant savings.
Adoption will only increase as the price of storage continues to drop (or as demand charges rise), and with this comes a reduction in utility revenue. I certainly hope that utilities will see the benefits of DERs and embrace them, rather than resort to the rather draconian policy changes that have inhibited renewables in places like Nevada. Southern California utilities are beginning to deploy storage themselves, as a recent Times piece noted, though the acceptance and utilization of behind the meter DERs will likely still take time. While reduced revenues, especially if storage scales, could present a challenge to utilities, the benefits to grid stability, reduced dependence on costly peaker plants, and contributions to the state’s ambitious climate goals truly begin to show the net benefits of encouraging and embracing storage.
We are excited to be part of the clean energy revolution, and look forward to what is next for storage!
We have been working hard the past couple months on a brand new dashboard. We've updated our interface and made it easier to request data from customers. Here is a list of some of the big improvements we made:
We've added a handy navigation pane:
Multi-select button at the top for batch actions...
...like archiving. You can now clear out old meters that you've already evaluated.
We also updated our easy-access data download dropdown:
We now provide detailed information about the account, meters, and status of data in a easy dropdown.
Let us know if you have any questions by emailing Tim at email@example.com.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Southern California Edison (SCE)
San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCPL)
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Atlantic City Energy (ACE)
Central and West
Portland Gas & Electric (PGE)
Would you like us to go into a new utility? Let us know at info[at]utilityapi.com
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