Energy management: Program lets customers share energy usage data

Power management: ComEd and Schneider Electric partner to deploy Green Button Connect My Data. The program puts power in customers’ hands to share their energy usage data.

May 20th, 2015
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Power measurement: ComEd is joining forces with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, to deploy Green Button Connect My Data in northern Illinois. ComEd is among the first utilities to roll-out Green Button Connect My Data, which allows customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage analytics via the Green Button functionality.

To help customers maximize energy savings via the Green Button Connect My Data functionality, ComEd offers Energy Insights Online, a free web-based energy analysis service that interfaces with Green Button. Energy Insights Online provides ComEd’s commercial customers a more detailed analysis of their building’s energy usage and enables third-party vendors like Schneider Electric to provide automated monitoring based commissioning (aMBCx) technology with embedded fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) analytics that accurately prioritize energy savings opportunities.

“Green Button Connect My Data, along with ComEd’s Energy Insights Online solution, provides our customers increased visibility into their energy usage, which is one of the easiest and most efficient ways we can help them produce energy savings on a large scale,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations, ComEd. “As we deploy smart meters across northern Illinois, we hope to unlock even more value through data analytics that will give our business and residential customers the power to manage their energy use.”

Elmhurst Hospital is among the first of ComEd’s commercial customers to take advantage of ComEd’s Energy Insights Online and Green Button Connect My Data. Using the Schneider Electric utility interface, data is pulled from different sources including three onsite ComEd smart meters with information Schneider Electric compiles every five minutes via 13,000 sensor points within the HVAC control system. Working with ComEd and Schneider Electric, Elmhurst Hospital was able to leverage these tools, and their smart meters, with zero additional investments in hardware or software, to reduce the energy costs of their 866,000 square feet facility.

“There is a growing awareness about the value analytics can bring to energy managers to help improve energy performance,” said Greg Thompson, manager of Smart Grid Offers at Schneider Electric. “We are pleased to join efforts with ComEd to offer customers additional energy saving products and services that utilize Green Button data.”

Green Button is an industry initiative stemming from a White House call to action for utility companies to voluntarily provide customers with easy access to their energy usage in a secure and user-friendly electronic format.

This initiative is part of ComEd’s Smart Grid Exchange, a collaboration between ComEd, entrepreneurs, technology start-ups, universities and customers to explore and design new products, offers and innovative solutions that utilize the intelligence of the smart grid.

ComEd’s sister utilities, BGE in Baltimore and PECO in Philadelphia, are joined in this effort to provide its customers with energy usage analysis through the Green Button Connect My Data functionality.

About ComEd
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 7.8 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Non-residential & Residential Buildings, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centers & Networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 30 billion US dollars in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

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