PITA Fiscal Year 2013 Projects

Data Mining And Disaggregation Utilizing "Green Button" Data For Consumer Energy-Use Response

Lead University: Lehigh University
PI: Liang Cheng, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
Co-PI(s): Martha Dodge, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PA Industry: PPL Electric Utilities

This inter-departmental collaborative project focuses on an important aspect of smart-grids research: consumer programs and services. Green Button is an industry-led initiative in which participating electric utilities provide consumers with secure online access to their household or building energy-usage data in an easy-to-understand and standard way. Initially launched in January 2012, utilities have committed to provide Green Button implementations that will make such data available to customers via a Green Button on their company websites to nearly 12 million households in 2012. Our industry sponsor of this project, PPL Electric Utilities, announced its Green Button support on May 2, 2012. Software implementations currently available in industry and in academia utilize Green Button data to visualize energy-usage data. This new 18-month project will enhance the Green Button concept by data mining so that consumers may be alerted if an abnormal energy-usage pattern is detected, and will provide data disaggregation so that customers can make better decisions about their device conditions and energy usages. The innovation and significance of the project build upon the data mining and disaggregation algorithms will yield a new business potential for providing advanced customer services for millions of energy users in Pennsylvania and across the country.