Utilities embrace Green Button energy data project

Nine more utilities, and three large energy vendors, announced support on Thursday for the Green Button project, which enables utility customers to download their energy consumption data with a click of a button and also use that data for energy-saving apps.

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The state-by-state setbacks for utilities’ smart grid dreams have come to Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that a court ruling has found the Illinois Commerce Commission was wrong to allow utility Commonwealth Edison to pass on certain costs to its customers — including the $5 million passed on to customers in 2008 for a smart grid pilot project. ComEd has said that, barring an appeal, it may have to seek alternative means of paying for the project. This, in turn, could be bad news for Silver Spring Networks, Tendril, and others involved in the project, which involves smart meters, solar panels, battery energy storage, self-healing grid technologies and a host of consumer energy pricing programs.