TXU Energy, the Dallas-based retail electricity provider, announced early this month that it plans to adopt the new "Green Button" program to help provide customers even more information on their electricity usage.
The idea of the new program is to provide some basic information about how much electricity a customer is using, and how much it is costing them, in a standardized format. Participating electricity companies will set up systems so customers can easily get access to the information.
"We are firmly committed to giving our customers the tools they need," Jennifer Pulliam, director of innovation at TXU Energy, said in a statement. "We launched the TXU Energy MyEnergy Dashboard(SM) in 2011 as a way to give customers the ability to view, track and manage their electricity usage and now, by supporting Green Button, we hope to build on the ways we inform, educate, advise and assist our customers as they buy and consume electricity."
The new standard was developed by both the electricity industry and the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. Supporters hope the information could help people conserve energy, and give them more information on which to compare electricity providers.