Ontarians will get access to new apps to help manage their energy consumption data via a pilot program powered by Toronto's MaRS Discovery District, Hydro One, London Hydro, and Ontario's Ministry of Energy.
Four apps will be made available to consumers in London Hydro and Hydro One's service territories during the year-long pilot program. MaRS Data Catalyst and Ontario's Ministry of Energy are working with industry partners to enable electricity consumption data access through the adoption of the Green Button Standard, which is already popular in the US. Green Button aims to give Ontarians "direct and timely" access to their own energy data through a secure download from their utility's website.
The apps participating in the Green Button pilot program are:
• Energent, a leading North American provider of model-based energy informatics and optimization for commercial, industrial and institutional applications.
• BuiltSpace, a simple, secure, practical, collaborative and integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) app for operating, maintaining and improving building portfolios.
• Zerofootprint, which allows consumers to: compare their electricity consumption with that of their neighbours; understand how to reduce it; and distributes ZerofootprintRewards to those who make measurable reductions.
• Eyedro Green Solutions, manufacturer of the Eyedro real-time electricity monitor and myFreeMonitor.com cloud service, which helps users visualize electricity usage, identify waste and cut electricity costs.