A Green Light for Green Button at ConnectivityWeek

Cleanweb Hackathon

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Trifecta of Green Button Activities Demonstrates – and Drives Further – Progress

Industry-wide Green Button efforts will converge at the 2012 ConnectivityWeek in Santa Clara, Calif., where software developers, utilities, and nationwide policymakers will gather for a trifecta of Green Button-related activities.

Green Button is a national initiative led by President Obama that provides consumer energy data in a standardized form, helping consumers control their energy consumption and costs. Green Button standards also catalyze innovation among software developers and innovators, who are actively creating apps that read, analyze, and present valuable energy information to electricity customers.

Only seven short months after former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra announced the administration’s Green Button initiative at GridWeek 2011, this effort has gained nation-wide momentum that will come to a critical juncture at ConnectivityWeek 2012. Here, a trio of events will demonstrate – and help drive additional – Green Button progress, including:

  1. Conclusion of Dept. of Energy ‘Apps for Energy’ Competition Winner: The DOE plans to announce winners of the national ‘Apps for Energy’ competition, which begins April 5, and award $100,000 in cash prizes. The competition aims to foster innovation in software development -- specifically Green Button applications -- that will ultimately help consumers reduce energy costs.
  2. Cleanweb Hackathon, Inspired by Green Button: This first-of-a-kind event at ConnectivityWeek will bring software developers and Smart Grid experts together to “hack” -- or, develop -- innovative energy management applications for consumers. The two-day hackathon will kick off Tuesday, May 22, and awards will be presented on Thursday, May 24, at the closing session.
  3. ConnectivityWeek Plug-In:  In the second Plug-In since December, the ConnectivityWeek Plug-In event will provide the only centralized location where multiple demand-side vendors, electricity suppliers, and energy end-users can unite to present applications of interoperable devices and systems in action – from the meter to residential, commercial, and industrial end users. Green Button will be a focus of the residential Plug-In.

Utilities, electricity vendors, software developers, and consumer electronics companies can’t afford to miss these Green Button activities at ConnectivityWeek. It’s not too late to get involved, see the list of Green Button activities on this page.

Did you know?

  • Green Button will be available to 27 million households as the effort is rolled out over the next few years – and that’s just where utility adoption stands today.
  • From January to March 2012, utility interest in Green Button has nearly doubled.

Green Button Resources

Green Button at Clasma's events

  • GridWeek 2011 (September 2011)
    Former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra announced the administration's Green Button initiative in Washington, D.C.
  • Grid-Interop 2011 (December 2011)
    The earliest Green Button software applications were demonstrated at leading interoperability event in Phoenix, AZ.
  • ConnectivityWeek 2012 (May 2012)
    A trifecta of Green Button activities will illustrate industry progress to date.

Green Button Activities at ConnectivityWeek