Green Button Alliance

GBA Chairman’s Update

Green Button Packs Benefits for Solar, C&I; Energy Toolbase in the Spotlight

Global use for Solar Analysis

While the Green Button data standard was developed in the United States, it is now recognized globally as the energy industry's data-usage standard for securely accessing and sharing home and building energy-consumption information.  The Green Button standard enables utilities to provide customers with three types of usage data: electricity, natural gas, and water.  By making customers' data available via simple and secure methods, utilities and service providers better serve their customers; meet the rapidly growing market demand for data; assure customer privacy; meet regulatory requirements; and provide data for energy-efficiency and public-purpose programs.

As those of us in the Northern hemisphere head toward the sunnier months of the year, we are reminded of the numerous benefits Green Button provides for the solar industry, including the ability to quickly obtain high -resolution interval-meter and billing data; model and accurately assess optimum solar system size; monitor existing solar system installations for system performance; and much more.

Spotlight on Energy Toolbase

This month we feature Energy Toolbase in the "Member Spotlight."  In less than three years, Energy Toolbase's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform has become a leading solution for accurately, objectively, and transparently analyzing solar and distributed energy resource (DER) projects.  Read more about Energy Toolbase.  In addition to the solar industry, Green Button data also provide highly sought-after benefits to the real-estate industry and to commercial-building managers.

Like the standard itself, the Green Button Alliance is also global and benefits many industry segments.  Join us as we grow the Green Button ecosystem and bring the benefits of the industries' energy- and water-usage data standard to the worldwide market.

– Syed Mir, CIO; London Hydro
Green Button Alliance - Chair


Member Spotlight

Energy Toolbase

Energy Toolbase (ETB) is an industry-leading software platform for modeling and proposing the economics of solar and energy storage projects.  The company's software-as-a-service product is used by distributed energy organizations nationwide to accurately, objectively, and transparently analyze their projects.  Since launching less than three years ago, Energy Toolbase has rapidly grown and now serves over a thousand companies, including residential and commercial installers, developers, energy consultants, policy organizations, and utilities.

Energy Toolbase and Green Button Data

Energy Toolbase specializes in 'utility rate' and 'avoided cost' analysis, which often begins with using a Green Button Data file to reconstruct a customer's utility bill.  Having granular, interval meter data enables developers to perform the most-detailed level of analysis possible for their customer.  This allows ETB users to maximize the dollar savings and payback economics for their customer.

Energy Toolbase Demand Profile

Many sophisticated distributed energy (DER) developers use Energy Toolbase to perform complex and layered analysis.  Granular data can be leveraged for many types of advanced use-cases, like optimizing the solar or energy storage system size based on a customer's unique load profile and utility rate-switching options, determining exported energy in new Net Energy Metering (NEM 2.0) scenarios, or ethically simulating the reduction of demand charges from solar photovoltaics. 

"We are huge evangelists of the Green Button Data standard.  Having Green Button Data is a prerequisite to accurately estimate dollar savings for many types of projects.  It's imperative for the growth of distributed energy resources that utilities and stakeholders continue to adopt and advance the Green Button Data standard."
– Adam Gerza, COO, Energy Toolbase.

Looking Forward

Energy Toolbase recently launched an integration with fellow Green Button Alliance member UtilityAPI which enables users to instantly import billing and usage data between both applications.  The companies co-hosted a webinar to demonstrate their new integration, entitled: The New Era of DER Project Development: Leveraging Green Button Data to Analyze Solar + Storage, TOU Rates & NEM 2.0 Scenarios.

The next big software update for Energy Toolbase was this month, when the company released a fully revamped energy storage module.  ETB unveiled their new release at the California Solar Power Expo on 1-2 May in San Diego.  ETB also hosted a training session on 2 May at 10:30am: "The New Era of DER Project Development."

To learn more about Energy Toolbase, see a product demo, or sign up for a free trial, visit  Follow Energy Toolbase on LinkedIn, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


GBA Brochure

Learn about the Green Button Alliance in this new two-page brochure:

  • Provides Customer Usage Data with or without Smart Meters
  • Platform for Digitally Engaging with Customers
  • Ensures Utilities & Third Parties Protect Customer Privacy
  • Cost-effective Deployment Models & New Business
  • Standardized Data Access & Easy Collection Across Buildings & Utilities
  • Eliminates Manual Data Entry; Ensures Data Consistency & Accuracy
  • Data Sharing with Solution Providers & Databases
  • Streamlined Energy Reporting; Integration with Benchmarking Platforms
  • Tenant-Engagement Applications

Welcome to our Newest Sponsor Member:

Exelon Corporation

Exelon Corporation

We are a FORTUNE 100 company that works in every stage of the energy business: power generation, competitive energy sales, trans­mission and delivery.  As the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, Exelon does business in 48 states, D.C., and Canada and had 2015 revenues of $34.5 billion.  We employ nearly 34,000 people nationwide.

...and Welcome to our Newest Participating Members:

Energy Toolbase

Energy Toolbase

Energy Toolbase is an industry leading software platform for third-party cost analysis of Solar PV and Advanced Energy Storage projects. Users import their Green Button Data files directly into our platform to model, analyze and propose their projects.

Personal BlackBox

Personal Black Box

Personal Blackbox (PBB) is a Corporation for Public Benefit – a corporate status that drives our commit­ment to the environ­ment and society as a whole. … PBB has built an energy eco­system platform—bringing energy companies, advertisers and consumers together through our Sustain­ability app, Greenr.

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