Green Button Implementation

Case number
EB-2021-0183
Launched
Sector
Electricity
Natural Gas
Status
Active
Details

The Ontario government has indicated that it intends to move forward with the implementation of Green Button by electricity and natural gas distributors (distributors). Green Button grants households and businesses access to their utility data or authorizes the automatic, secure transfer of their data from their utility to applications or third parties.

Implementation is being considered for the fall with a proposed two-year phase-in period by distributors to allow alignment with planned information technology investments or other business priorities. The Ministry of Energy has asked the OEB to work with distributors, and other stakeholders as appropriate, to support the implementation of Green Button.

The OEB is therefore initiating a consultation which will focus on the need for additional guidance or direction that would assist distributors in order to ensure the timely, efficient and cost-effective implementation of Green Button.

View all documents for this consultation

Updates
Updates
Date Issue / Document
November 17, 2021

The OEB has issued a letter providing details related to the establishment of an industry-led working group that will support the implementation of Green Button by electricity and natural gas distributors.

November 1, 2021

To support the implementation of Green Button by electricity and natural gas distributors, the OEB has issued a Notice of Amendments to the Retail Settlement Code, a letter setting out OEB staff responses to stakeholder comments on the letter issued October 12, 2021, OEB staff Guidance and an Accounting Order.

October 29, 2021

The OEB has received the following stakeholder comments on the Notice of Proposal to Amend the Retail Settlement Code (RSC) and letter setting out OEB staff draft guidance to support the implementation of Green Button by electricity and natural gas distributors, that were issued October 12, 2021:

October 12, 2021

The OEB has issued a Notice of Proposal to Amend the Retail Settlement Code (RSC) and a Letter setting out OEB staff draft guidance to support the implementation of Green Button by electricity and natural gas distributors.

July 14, 2021

On July 5, 2021, the OEB announced its selection of distributor and consumer representatives invited to participate in a Green Button implementation task force. The OEB took this approach to ensure it can support electricity and natural gas distributors and the sector in keeping with the planned timelines for the implementation of Green Button. The OEB appreciates the response it has received to date from the selected task force members. 

 

By way of this update, the OEB would now like to advise that three further organizations (Rodan Energy Solutions, Screaming Power, Mission:Data) have been added to strengthen the task force with respect to third-party users of Green Button data representation. 

 

The full list of task force members is as follows:

  • Alectra Utilities Corporation 
  • Electricity Distributors Association 
  • Enbridge Gas Inc. 
  • EPCOR Electricity Distribution Ontario Inc. / EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership 
  • Cornwall Street Railway Light & Power 
  • Cornerstone Hydro-Electric Concepts 
  • Hydro Ottawa Limited 
  • Kitchener Utilities 
  • London Hydro Inc. 
  • Building Owners and Managers Association 
  • School Energy Coalition
  • Rodan Energy Solutions
  • Screaming Power
  • Mission:Data

Materials from task force meetings will be made available publicly on the OEB Green Button Implementation webpage.

July 5, 2021

The OEB has issued a letter initiating a consultation on the implementation of Green Button by electricity and gas distributors, including composition of a task force to assist the OEB in identifying additional guidance or direction that would support implementation.

Task Force

Date Issue / Document
September 2, 2021

Meeting #7:

August 26, 2021

Meeting #6:

August 19, 2021

Meeting #5:

August 12, 2021

Meeting #4:

August 5, 2021

Meeting #3:

July 28, 2021

Meeting #2:

July 15, 2021

Meeting #1:

Cost Award Matters
Cost Award Matters
Date Issue / Document
August 17, 2021

The OEB has issued a Decision on Cost Eligibility.