Toward the end of 2012, the Ontario Minister of Energy announced a partnership with MaRS Discovery District to launch the Green Button initiative in the province. Since then, we’ve been hard at work to help make that vision a reality.
Over the past two months, MaRS has hosted several working group meetings bringing together members of industry, regulators, government and utilities to create a plan to launch the Green Button this year.
The working group comprises representatives from the following organizations:
- Guelph Hydro
- Hydro One
- Hydro Ottawa
- London Hydro
- Milton Hydro
- Toronto Hydro
- Ontario Ministry of Energy
- Ontario Energy Board
- Ontario Power Authority
- Independent Electricity System Operator
- Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner
- Clean Energy Institute
- MaRS Discovery District
One of the first things the group did was come up with a broad vision and objectives for the program, quoted below.
Develop an innovation-centric roadmap for making consumer electricity data securely accessible in a standardized format, in order to facilitate the creation of an ecosystem to catalyze the development of new value-added services for the consumer and across various sectors in Ontario.
This vision will drive the work of the subcommittees in making the Green Button a reality. The four subcommittees, which are already meeting regularly, are the following:
- Download My Data: Technology and Process
- Connect My Data: Technology and Process
- Pilot Programs: Design and Implementation
- Branding, Marketing and Communications