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.
Green Button is a data standard that provides energy customers with more choice in how they access their electricity and natural gas data. With a simple and secure process, customers will be able to securely download or connect (share) their energy usage data in an industry-standard format with registered third parties.
The Green Button Download My Data (DMD) standard allows consumers to select-and-download their usage and billing data from their energy provider’s website in an industry-standard XML format.
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 or connect (share) their energy usage data in an industry-standard format with registered third parties.
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 the 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:
Green Button Data for Residential Customers:
Green Button Data for Businesses:
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.
From the Elexicon Energy Website:
When you download your data, it will be in an industry-standard XML format. Please note that XML files are designed to be read and analyzed by computer applications, not humans.
When you download your data, 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.
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.
Any active Elexicon Energy customer can use Connect My Data to authorize third-party data sharing.
Yes, while it is highly encouraged that customers create a my.elexicon login, you can still Connect My Data from authorized third-party vendor websites and using a one-time access sign in to the Green Button portal.
Sharing your data starts on the third-party vendor’s website.
Data can be shared with authorized third-party vendors that have registered with and been authorized by Elexicon Energy to use Connect My Data.
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.
Historical usages up to a maximum of 2 years and/or ongoing meter readings of your meters, which may include hourly interval, demand, net metering and water (if applicable) readings. Energy usage data includes:
Your name, address(es), meter number(s), contact information and other personally identifiable information stored by the Utility. Account information includes:
Utility Bill Data
Billing periods and individual charges, adjustments and credit lines items from your utility bill. Billing data includes:
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.
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.
Elexicon Energy has been certified by the Green Button Alliance. This is the industry standard to ensure compliance with data sharing and security standard.
Third Party vendors must also be certified by the Green Button Alliance to by authorized as a registered vendor.
Before you authorize a third-party vendor, be sure to carefully read the terms and conditions on their website so that you understand how they will use, share or retain your data.
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