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A pilot program led by Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District, in partnership with Canadian utilities Hydro One and London Hydro, will provide apps to help Ontarians manage their energy consumption data.

MaRS reports that apps from Energent, BuiltSpace, Eyedro and Zerofootprint will be made available to consumers in London Hydro and Hydro One's service territories throughout the duration of the yearlong pilot program.

The company says its Data Catalyst, which brings together data and analysis to help grow Ontario's innovation economy, 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.

Green Button aims to give Ontarians direct, timely access to their own energy data through a secure download from their utility's website, MaRS notes. According to the company, the 4.7 million smart meters installed in homes and small businesses across the province enable consumers to access their own consumption data via the use of third-party apps.

As part of the Green Button initiative, MaRS says its Data Catalyst is piloting the first adoption of the Connect My Data program. Connect My Data is a voluntary initiative that will help enable participating consumers to securely share their electricity consumption information with the Green Button-enabled apps of their choice.

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