Posts filed under ‘energy data’

Why energy data analytics is getting smarter

The value of energy data goes far beyond simple meter-to-cash billing improvements. New machine learning technology can help utilities spot patterns in energy data that can enhance operations, identify problems, aid long-term planning for assets and networks, and much more.

Machine learning algorithms can help utilities address with a broad range of practical and strategic questions, such as:

  • Which customers are more likely to switch providers?
  • Which meters are more likely to have problems?
  • How to adapt grid operations to accommodate fluctuating levels of renewable resources?

This month, at European Utility Week, Krishan Gupta (Director of Product Management for eMeter, a Siemens business) will give a presentation exploring practical applications of recent advances in AMI analytics technology.

Full post: Machine learning: Why energy data analytics is getting smarter


October 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Green Button now available to 36 million homes and businesses

This week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted an Energy Datapalooza to spotlight the many ways energy consumption data can help people use power more wisely. Green Button (the consensus-based, industry-developed energy data standard adopted by the North American Energy Standards Board) continues to make great progress on this front.

Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is capitalizing on Green Button — and several more utilities also have jumped on board…

Full post: Green Button access expands to 36 million homes and businesses

October 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

More utility sites get the Green Button

This week in Texas Oncor announced that its customers now can use the Green Button on its website — joining many other utilities…

Full post: Green Button spreads to more utility websites

June 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

PG&E data shows consumer DO want to view their energy usage data online

This week PG&E filed with the California Public Utilities Commission its annual report on how its customers are using its website. Bottom line: They appear to be very interested in accessing their energy usage data online. Here are the key findings…

Full post: PG&E busts myth that consumers don’t care about getting energy usage data online

March 30, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Green Button now live. How to use it?

This week I was with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra when heannounced huge progress on the White House Green Button initiative. All three major California utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison) have gone live with green button on their websites.

Here’s how it works: After logging in, customers can click on that button and download up to 13 months of their detailed electricity usage data. Generally this is 15-minute or hourly interval data, but it can work for monthly data also.

So what? By itself, this data is virtually of no use. But here’s why consumers should care…

Full post: Green Button goes live. How can consumers use it?

January 20, 2012 at 2:46 am

Texas: hotbed of consumer energy innovation

In a steering committee meeting last week, the Texas Advanced Meter Implementation Team (AMIT, coordinated by the Texas PUC) took new steps to enable consumers to forward their energy data to third parties who can help them manage their energy use and participate in demand response programs…

Full post: Texas moving fast on consumer energy innovation

December 15, 2011 at 2:31 am

California utilities to allow energy data downloads by end of 2011

Back in August, when I met with White House CTO Aneesh Chopra, he discussed his vision for liberating energy data. The next month he met with three major California utilities to advance that vision via the Green Button Initiative: a challenge to the smart grid ecosystem to provide customers with electronic access to their energy usage information.

Yesterday, during a technical workshop at the California Public Utilities Commission Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric announced that they would not only implement this concept — they plan to have it up and running by the end of 2011.

That’s less than three weeks from today — and just four months after accepting Chopra’s challenge. What does it mean?…

Full post: California utilities make huge progress on White House Green Button initiative

December 13, 2011 at 1:00 am


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