Initiatives Solving Big Challenges SEPA’s initiatives are designed to help the electric sector solve some of the biggest challenges in a constructive way that allows all stakeholders to have a voice in the solution. 51st State The 51st State Initiative was created as a way for the power sector to discuss the future of energy in the electric industry. Designed as an alternative to the contentious debates surrounding market and rate reform occurring in many jurisdictions, the initiative creates an ongoing, safe platform for experts and industry leaders to present, sound out and provide feedback on direction and innovation to support utility sector evolution. Learn More Orange Button Orange ButtonSM aims to simplify and standardize solar data so that state and local governments, customers, utilities, financiers, solar companies, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders can exchange quality data. Learn More Did you know? Soft costs can make up 60% of solar costs; data management can account for half of that total. Open FMB Open Field Message Bus, or Open FMB™, is a new framework that allow distributed technologies at the grid edge to communicate in near-real time. It establishes a common communications protocol among of different devices and enables the sharing of information. Learn More Did you know? Twenty-five utilities, technology vendors, research labs and government agencies are participating in OpenFMB™.