Ontario Green Button initiative would make energy data accessible to
TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - A new partnership between the Province of
Ontario and MaRS Discovery District aims to give Ontarians direct
access to energy data, helping consumers manage energy use and
providing opportunities for Ontario companies to capitalize on the
growing market for energy solutions.
The Honourable Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy, today announced that
the province will partner with MaRS to explore an Ontario Green Button
initiative, in conjunction with electric utilities, energy agencies and
Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner.
The program would give Ontarians direct, timely access to their own
energy data through a secure download from their utility's website,
utilizing the 4.7 million smart meters installed in homes and small
businesses across the province.
"Through our working group to increase access to energy data, MaRS and
the Ministry of Energy are opening the doors to innovative, new
solutions that will drive conservation and consumer energy literacy,
while positioning Ontario at the forefront of the global convergence of
IT and energy," said Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District.
Joe Greenwood, program director of MaRS Data Catalyst, believes smarter
use of energy data will help accelerate the market for energy
management solutions, providing a choice of tools to consumers and
enabling Ontario companies to capitalize on this growing global
"Data is as essential to today's economy as energy, and its effective
use is critical to driving innovation and economic growth," Greenwood
said. "Ontario's investment in the smart grid has established us as
leaders in this sector. This initiative will allow us to build on that
The Honourable Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy, noted that the
initiative will have both economic and environmental benefits.
"The Ontario Green Button initiative will enable each of us to have
better access to our own energy use information. It will help us make
choices to save energy and money," Bentley said.
MaRS Discovery District (Twitter: @MaRSDD) is a mission-driven innovation centre located in Toronto. MaRS works
with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify innovation. MaRS
supports entrepreneurs building Canada's next generation of growth
About MaRS Data Catalyst
MaRS Data Catalyst brings together data and analysis from a variety of
partners to track, quantify and grow Ontario's innovation economy. It
uses data and insight to support the province's entrepreneurs,
researchers, policy-makers and innovators.
SOURCE: MaRS Discovery District
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