It’s only a voluntary initiative. And, at the moment, not more than two dozen utilities have signed up. But the government-created Green Button is already showing how standardizing energy data could pay big efficiency dividends.
Launched in early 2012, the plan aims to the end the haphazard way utilities distribute energy-usage data to their customers. Instead of multiple formats, the Button codifies a single layout--all available from the click of a button on a web site. Once the committed companies have complied, more than 27 million households will have access.