What is Green Button?
Green Button is a data standard that provides energy customers with more choice in how you access your electricity and natural gas data. With a simple and secure process, customers will be able to securely download (access) or connect (share) their energy usage data in an industry-standard format with registered third parties.
Green Button Details
Ontario is providing families and businesses more control over their electricity and natural gas bills with the introduction of the new Green Button Standard that will allow access to their data with a goal of better tracking energy use, reducing bills and saving money.
On November 1, 2021, the Ontario Ministry of Energy announced that electric and natural gas utilities across the province must provide their customers with access to Green Button data no later than November 1, 2023. Read the full news release.
Green Button provides a unified, industry-standard data format, which can be used to analyze and manage a consumer’s energy usage. The introduction of Green Button industry-standard data across Ontario utilities will provide the foundation for the development of new tools and applications for customers to analyze and monitor their energy usage to reduce costs.
Below are just a few of the benefits of Green Button data:
- Improve energy efficiency – Consumers can use Green Button data to identify and compare their energy usage in order to improve energy-efficiency within their home or business.
- Reduce energy costs - By learning their usage patterns and habits, consumers can make informed choices about how much energy they use and when they use it. When consumers use energy during off-peak hours (also known as peak-shaving) and invest in energy-efficient appliances, it saves money and can help reduce strain on the grid.
- Energy conservation – consumers can use their data to conserve energy to help reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment.
- Green button tools to understand large volumes of energy data will help pave the way for future innovations in the energy sector.
Green Button Data for Residential and Small Commercial Customers:
- Many customers are already viewing their energy data through a customer portal on their utility website. With Green Button, third party apps can analyze the data and provide insights to help customers make sense of their energy use and make informed decisions to help reduce costs.
- With CMD, data is shared on an ongoing basis. This allows third parties to provide insights and alerts on usage trends and changes.
Green Button Data for Businesses:
- For customers with a large number of properties across multiple utilities, Green Button provides a standardized format so that the data they receive from each utility is in a similar format. Green Button third parties in the commercial sector are able to analyze large volumes of data across multiple facilities to provide energy management advice.
- With CMD, data is shared on an ongoing basis. This allows third parties to provide insights and alerts on usage trends and changes including monitoring the impact of energy efficiency measures taken.
- Green Button will also make it easier for facilities to complete mandatory government reporting requirements.
The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard allows consumers to select-and-download their electricity usage data from their energy provider’s website in an industry-standard XML format; consistent across all energy-provider websites.Image
From the FortisOntario Green Button Website:
- Go directly to the Green Button Portal
- Enter your required account information to validate that you are the account owner (Note: You will need to have a recent bill handy)
- Select the Download My Data tab
- Follow the prompts to select the data you would like to download
- Click Download
- An XML file containing your selected data will be download
- This file can be shared with a third party or uploaded to a Green Button app to view.
When you download your data, it will be in an industry-standard XML format. You may choose to send it to a third-party vendor yourself or upload it to an application to analyze. As Green Button data becomes widely available across Ontario, more third-party solutions and applications will be developed and made available to analyze the data.
The Green Button Connect My Data (CMD) standard, also referred to as Data Shares is the industry standard for securely authorizing and sharing electricity usage data with registered third-party vendors. With CMD, utility consumers can digitally authorize their usage data to be shared with energy-efficiency applications, clean energy companies, analytics firms, and others, who can view and analyze the data and provide insights into managing and conserving resource consumption.Image
Example 1: If you are considering installing or have installed solar panels on your home or business, you can connect the solar company to your Green Button usage data to analyze the return on your solar panel investment and make informed decisions about future investments.
Example 2: Commercial or industrial customers with multiple locations across different utility territories can access and analyze energy usage data from all sites in a consistently standardized format.
Who can connect (share) their data?
Any active customer can use Green Button - Connect My Data to authorize third-party data sharing.
How do I connect (share) my data?
Sharing your data starts on the third-party vendor’s website.
- Go to the authorized third-party vendor’s Green Button registration web page
- Complete the third-party vendor data sharing authorization request form
- You will be redirected to ERTH Power’s Green Button portal to authenticate, verify the data sharing information, review the terms and conditions, and authorize data sharing.
- ERTH Power will then exchange a security token with the authorized third-party vendor which will allow secure, automated data sharing
What third-party vendors can I share my data with?
Data can be shared with authorized third-party vendors that have registered with and been authorized by ERTH Power to use Connect My Data.
Third party vendors will be added below when available. (check back here for updates)
Third Party Vendors
Third Parties who wish to be registered and onboarded onto the Green Button Platform to be showcased as an available application in our Green Button marketplace will be required to submit a registration via the following link.
When authorizing a third-party vendor to access your data, you will select the type of data you want to share with them and for which account (if you have multiple accounts). You can select your Energy Usage Data, Billing Data and/or Account Information to be shared. Your utility provider will share the type of data you have selected and authorized for that account.Image
Energy Usage Data includes:
- Historical usages up to a maximum of 2 years and/or ongoing meter readings of your meters
- hourly interval data
- Net metering data
Utility Bill Data includes:
- Billing periods
- Energy charges and adjustments
Account Information includes:
- Customer Name
- Service address
- Mailing address
- Account number
- Meter number
- Customer rate class
- Contact information
How long will my data be shared with an authorized third-party vendor?
When authorizing a third-party vendor to access your data, you select the duration and frequency that you would like to share your data for.
Can I stop sharing my data with a third-party vendor?
Yes, you can stop sharing your data with a third-party vendor at any time. To do so, simply go to the Data Shares tab within the Green Button portal, select the vendor you would like to stop sharing your data with, and click Revoke.