Ontario to investigate Green Button initiative


Chris Bentley,
Minister of Energy,
Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — November 22, 2012 – A working group has been established in Ontario led by the province and the MaRS Discovery District to explore an Ontario Green Button initiative to give families and businesses direct, timely access to their own energy data through a secure download from their utility’s website.

Ontario is taking its lead from the U.S. Department of Energy, which launched the Green Button initiative in January 2012, and aims to become the first to establish a province-wide Green Button initiative.

A standard data format for Ontario’s utilities would also encourage app developers to create new tools to help Ontarians manage their energy use from their computers and smart devices.

The working group will meet later this month and will have representation from utilities, government agencies, and the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office.

“The Ontario Green Button initiative will enable each of us to have better access to information on our own energy use and will help families make choices to save energy and money,” commented Chris Bentley, minister of Energy.

Ontario has completed full rollout of smart meters to homes and small business consumers across the province, over 4.7 million in total.

The province’s conservation efforts have decreased electricity demand by over 1,900 MW between 2005 and 2011 — the equivalent of over 600,000 homes being taken off the grid.