If you are an application developer: Green Button provides you with a means to analyze your customer's Energy Usage Information and provide your value added insights, recommendations, and controls. Any xml parser can be used to analyze the data structures represented in xml according to the ESPI schemas. Look at the examples on this page that show how to analyze Green Button data and present them to users. Of course, your creativity will provide more dramatic results and presentations tuned to customer needs and understanding. Learn more here.
From January – March 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting a contest that will award prizes to the best energy apps that use one or more featured resource, including the Green Button data standard. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is supporting DOE on this contest, including through the resources described below. For more information about the challenge, visit http://energychallenge.energy.gov
If you are considering submitting an application that uses Green Button, check out the resources below to get started.
These records provide the id (to use in a rest request) and the sample data that is available. Also, the user login information to retrieve the data from the http://services.greenbuttondata.org/DataCustodian/ site.
For example, to retrieve the first (and only) UsagePoint for donald:koala do a GET request on (substituting a 2 after the /RetailCustomer/ in the URL since Donald's id is 2)http://services.greenbuttondata.org/DataCustodian/espi/1_1/resource/RetailCustomer/2/UsagePoint/1.
To download the file log onto the DataCustodian, http://services.greenbuttondata.org/DataCustodian, as donald. Select UsagePoints and download the file.
You can download the files by selecting the links, the information to construct a REST request or log in are presented below:
Your implementation of Green Button can be tested by uploading a file for analysis on the following page:
The following sample data sets may be viewed. They represent some examples of Green Button Data:
Water data is provided in an ESPI format to demonstrate the broad applicability of this data standard. While the Green Button is focused on electricity (and natural gas going forward) future work will consider extensions such as water.
The following sample data sets may be viewed. Data provided by San Diego Gas and Electric. Data is Informational only and SDG&E does not warrant or is any way responsible for any outcomes when using this data.
The Green Button Initiative technical work is being performed in open communities for standards (NAESB), testing and certification (UCAIug), andsample implementations and collaboration (EnergyOS OpenESPI). Below are links that will help you monitor and hopefully participate in the work:
Green Button data, based on XML and XMLSchema, is as-simple-as-it-gets and is compatible with any OS or browser.
The project, championed by U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra, standardizes the deliver[y] of household energy data and is seen as a catalyst to create an ecosystem for app developers to produce new services and products.
Greenbiz.com: Calif. Utilities Embrace Green Button Project to Unleash Energy Data
Erich Gunther, Chairman and CTO of EnerNex and Anto Budiardjo, President and CEO of Clasma Events, demonstrate the power of standards to foster rapid innovation. In this case, mere weeks to days after being provided a set of example code that implements the NAESB ESPI standard and sample data sets, multiple vendors provided web site, hardware, and software to implement the Green Button concept that Erich and Anto demonstrated in real time at Grid-Interop.