FPF Responds to WH Announcement on Green Button Initiative


WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced that 9 new utilities have committed to adopting the industry-led Green Button Initiative, joining 6 previously announced commitments, for a total of 27 million homes committed.

The statement below can be attributed to Jules Polonetsky, Director and Co-Chair of the Future of Privacy Forum.

“Offering consumers access to their data provides the kind of transparency that enhances privacy.  By showing consumers the details of energy usage data, utilities are taking an important step to ensure that smart meters are a key benefit intended to help consumers be smarter about energy use.

With appropriate privacy programs in place, access to data will increasingly empower consumers to use their data to manage smart home devices that will advance innovation and consumer control.”

For any questions, or to schedule a phone call with Jules Polonetsky, please call Beth Sullivan at

202-550-4401 or email

[email protected].

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups.