Energy management apps to be piloted in Ontario

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The Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District has launched a pilot in partnership with Ontario utilities Hydro One and London Hydro to make available new energy management apps to their customers to help them manage their energy consumption.

Apps from Energent, BuiltSpace, Eyedro and Zerofootprint will be made available to consumers in the two utilities’ service territories throughout the duration of the year-long pilot program.

MaRS Data Catalyst, which brings together data and analysis to help grow Ontario’s innovation economy, and Ontario’s Ministry of Energy are working with industry partners to enable electricity consumption data access through the adoption of the Green Button standard, which was pioneered in the U.S.

As part of the Green Button initiative, MaRS Data Catalyst is piloting the first adoption of the Connect My Data program – a voluntary initiative that will enable participating consumers to securely share their electricity consumption information with Green Button-enabled apps of their choice.

The apps participating in Ontario’s Green Button pilot program are:

  • Energent, a leading North American provider of model-based energy informatics and optimization for commercial, industrial and institutional applications
  • BuiltSpace, a simple, secure, practical, collaborative and integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) app for operating, maintaining and improving building portfolios
  • Zerofootprint, which allows consumers to compare their electricity consumption with that of their neighbors, understand how to reduce it, and distributes ZerofootprintRewards to those who make measurable reductions
  • Eyedro Green Solutions Inc., manufacturer of the Eyedro real-time electricity monitor and myFreeMonitor.com cloud service, which helps users visualize electricity usage, identify waste and cut electricity costs.

Green Button Download My Data, the precursor to Connect my Data, has already been implemented across nearly 60% of Ontario with participation from seven utilities, including (in addition to Hydro One and London Hydro) Guelph Hydro, Hydro Ottawa, North Bay Hydro, PowerStream, and Toronto Hydro. Other utilities committed to adopting the program are Erie Thames Powerlines, Festival Hydro, Milton Hydro, and Peterborough Utilities Group.