The White House on Thursday praised several electric utilities and smart grid technology firms for supporting the Obama administration’s plan to provide customers with enhanced access to their energy usage data through the “Green Button” initiative.

With commitments by nine utilities — including American Electric Power, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Commonwealth Edison and Austin Energy, among others — announced Thursday, the number of customers that will have enhanced access to their energy data will exceed 15 million, according to the statement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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