Green Button working group update.

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
  • PowerStream
  • 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