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NISC awarded Green Button grant

The National Information Solutions Cooperative has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to deploy a Green Button solution.

Green Button is a DOE initiative designed to advance technology that gives consumers access, in a user-friendly format, to their energy use information so they can better manage power consumption.

NISC will focus its Green Button efforts on its SmartHub platform, an integrated software solution that lets utilities offer consumers usage data, real-time alerts, methods of making secure payments, and a communications link to the utility through a website, and both Apple and Android-based smart devices.

NISC will collaborate with two electric cooperatives – Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation of Cumming, Ga., and Kootenai Electric Cooperative of Hayden, Idaho – to address the project’s key goals of empowering consumers to better manage their electricity use and demonstrating effective ways to design, implement, communicate, and promote Green Button technology.

According to NISC’s CEO Vern Dosch, NISC’s SmartHub will use MultiSpeak to interface with the Green Button standard. MultiSpeak is a software standard widely used by electric cooperatives and developed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and its research arm, the Cooperative Research Network. In the project, NISC will further collaborate with CRN to gather observations and develop best practices at the two pilot sites.