In the shadow of the recent Olympics it might sound anticlimactic to say that I’m extremely proud to be Ontarian because of the Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge, but the competition—and the greater Green Button initiative—is a vital part of empowering consumers to understand and manage their energy consumption.Read More
The Green Button allows Ontarians to access and share electricity data in a standardized, secure manner.
Access to smart meter data—and the ability to share that data with innovative applications, products, services, and solutions—can help Ontario households and businesses conserve energy and better manage their electricity bills.
Below, you'll find the most recent updates about the work being done around the Green Button in Ontario and around the world. Feel free to browse this site for more information for consumers, solution providers, utilities.
Smart meters — know what they are? Some of us do. But the data they produce — have you ever seen it, interacted with it, had it dance around on a hand-held? Hmm. Neither have I! Surely, there’s a way to better engage consumers with smart meter data on household energy consumption.Read More
The judges have been chosen for the Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge!
- David Crow (Catalyst for hire/Consultant)
- Jane Allen (Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte)
- Jim Burpee (Chief Executive Officer, CEA)
- Satish Kanwar (Director of Operations, Shopify)
- Tom Chapman (Economics and Policy, Independent Electricity System Operator)
- Tom Rand (Cleantech Investor, Advisor, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur)
- Whitney Rockley (Co-Founder, McRock Capital)
They possess a wealth of experience and expertise - take a moment to get to know them better...Read More
October 1 saw the launch of the Energy Apps for Ontario Challenge, a contest organized by MaRS and funded by the Ministry of Energy. The goal of the Challenge is to encourage developers to create effective, new, proof-of-concept apps that will help Ontarians unlock the potential of Green Button-enabled electricity data.
While there are $50,000 in awards for the best entries, the Challenge is also an opportunity to effect positive social and environmental change through technology. Apps created for the contest have the potential to access a growing market of consumers, nationally and internationally, who are seeking out solutions to help them manage their energy consumption.
For details about the Green Button standard API, as well as the contest dates, times, requirements and judging criteria, please visit the contest website. Submissions will be accepted until January 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The Energy Apps for Ontario challenge is the latest in a series of efforts undertaken by MaRS to enable innovation through access to electricity consumption data, including the recent MaRS Energy Hackathon.
The MaRS Energy Hackathon is coming to Toronto this September and they want you to be there!
MaRS is calling on developers, designers, energy experts and budding entrepreneurs to create apps and hardware that make use of the Green Button open API and other sample datasets. The goal? Your brainchild will help consumers better understand, access and manage their electricity consumption.
The Green Button standard has already been adopted across the United States (including Federally!), and is starting to take hold across Ontario. In fact, to date, it's allowed 2.6 million Ontarians to access and share their electricity data.
On September 7 & 8, come to MaRS to build an app, create a gadget and join the Green Button Revolution!
The first stage of implementing the Green Button program is the adoption of the Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard. This standard empowers consumers to download their energy usage data and make informed choices, which can result in reduced electricity bills and a decrease in load on the Ontario electricity grid. They can do so by simply clicking on the Green Button located on the website of their utility company, which is usually found in the “My Account” section of the site.Read More
Recently, Andy Heppelle, the Global Director of the Capgemini Centre for Digital Utilities, wrote a post on the MaRS blog highlighting just how much power data really has when it comes to creating change.Read More
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.Read More