Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 26, 2013 - A new guide for developers of web tools and applications to communicate and handle Green Button data has been compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The aim of the User Guide is to serve as a playbook for implementation of the Green Button software development kit.

Included in the guide is information on:

  • The composition of Green Button data and how it fits together
  • How to make Green Button data accessible to users via XML style sheets, which render the data comprehensible to the consumer
  • Sample source code showing what data to begin with, as well as examples of finished data sets.

The guide also contains all the lessons learned since the announcement of the Green Button Initiative in September 2011 and the release of the software development kit the following month.

Green Button aims to provide electricity and gas consumers with their own energy usage information in an understandable and computer-friendly standardized electronic format via a “Green Button” on a utility's web site. Consumers armed with this information can then use an array of new web applications to make more informed energy decisions and to verify that their energy efficiency investments are performing as promised.