Green Button Alliance - Certification Program

Green Button Certification Program

The Green Button Alliance offers the industry’s only Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) and Green Button Download My Data (DMD) Certification Programs for electricity, natural gas, and water utilities (“data custodians”).  The Green Button Alliance (GBA) administers the Green Button Certification Program and can help utilities prepare their implementations for testing and standards compliance.

A GBA-founding member, UL Verification Services (“UL”), is a GBA-authorized certification body and conducts the ANSI-audited Green Button CMD and DMD testing processes.  Once a test date is scheduled with UL, testing for certification is done remotely and takes just a few hours.  Once a data custodian’s implementation has been tested and certified as Green Button standards-compliant, the GBA issues the Green Button Certified mark. UL

Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) Certification

Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) is the industry standard for accessing and securely sharing energy- and water-usage data.  Utilities developing customer data access-and-sharing implementations can now obtain Green Button CMD Certification to ensure their implementation is Green Button standards-compliant and that it will enable secure customer data-access; customer-authorized, automatic and secure transmission of data to third-party solutions; and will ensure customer privacy.  Green Button Certification verifies for the utility, its customers, and third-party solution providers, that the standard has been properly implemented.  Certification also speeds reliable and compatible solutions to market.

“Green Button Connect My Data (CMD)” Data Sheet
Apply for Green Button CMD Certification (DOC)

Note: Our Green Button CMD Verification program for Third Party vendors will be available in 2019.


Green Button Download My Data (DMD) Certification 

The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard enables utility customers (residential, commercial, energy managers, etc.) to manually download their electricity-, natural gas-, or water-usage data from an energy or water provider’s website in an industry-standard XML data file format that can be opened by software applications of their choosing.  Customers can utilize these data to view their historical and present energy usage, analyze trends, and make informed choices about their consumption.  Utilities (“data custodians”) can apply to have their Green Button DMD solution certified.  If you are a utility (“data custodian”) that already has a Green Button Download My Data solution, you can pre-test your existing Green Button DMD files using the GBA’s Green Button DMD File Validator.  Self-testing takes just a few minutes and there is no cost to confirm the files meet Certification requirements.

Green Button DMD Validation Tool

If you find your DMD solution is not standards-compliant, contact the GBA for assistance and suggested next steps to ensure your solution is ready for DMD certification.

Apply for Green Button DMD Certification (DOC)

Benefits of Certification

  • Assures utilities (data custodians) they’ve implemented the standard correctly and their solution will provide consistent, reliable data and work with other Green Button-data enabled solutions.
  • Speeds data-sharing implementation time-to-market and assures a seamless and secure data-sharing experience for customers.
  • Ensures utilities and their customers are gaining the full functionality and capabilities of the standard (see “Green Button Connect My Data (CMD)” Data Sheet, above).
  • Green Button standards ensure secure transmission of data and customer privacy, thus well-positioning utilities to meet regulations for customer privacy.
  • A Green Button Certified DMD® or Green Button Certified CMD® mark on the data custodian’s site signifies the solution is certified standards-compliant, and a listing in the GBA database helps promote certified solutions to a broader audience.

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