Minister of Energy Todd Smith joins ENWIN Utilities Ltd. for Announcement of Green Button Solution
The solution will give customers the ability to save money on monthly energy bills.
Dec. 5, 2022
Windsor, ON: Energy Minister Todd Smith joined ENWIN Utilities this morning to officially launch the new Green Button standard that will allow local families and businesses to track and make decisions regarding their energy use and save money on monthly bills.
"I’m pleased to announce that Green Button is coming to homes and businesses across the City of Windsor," said Minister Smith. "Families and businesses want to be in the driver's seat when it comes to their energy bills. Green Button is part of our commitment to give consumers more choice when it comes to their energy use and will enable easy, quick and secure access to their consumption data through smartphone or computer apps so they can find customized tips to reduce energy use or switch electricity price plans to save money."
Local MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh Andrew Dowie comments, “Ontario’s Green Button program is destined to be an incredible tool for ENWIN Utilities’ customers. Downloading usage data to smart apps will help Windsorites save money, and I’m thrilled to see even more residents in Windsor-Essex have the opportunity to be leaders in reducing their energy consumption.”
Studies have found that access to energy data, which Green Button along with smart home devices enables, can help consumers achieve energy savings of up to 18 percent. Ontario becomes the first province in Canada to mandate the standard.
“Today marks a significant milestone for ENWIN and I congratulate their team on being an early adopter of Green Button that will help manage energy bills for electricity customers across Windsor,” said Teresa Sarkesian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Distributors Association. “Our member utilities are hard at work, with the goal to implement the Green Button initiative into their operations.
“This is truly a monumental day for ENWIN Utilities as we are introducing a solution that can help over 90,000 customers better track their energy usage, and help them save on utility costs,” states Helga Reidel President and CEO of ENWIN Utilities.
According to Windsor City Councillor and ENWIN Board Director Jo-Anne Gignac, “This announcement is so important because it gives Windsorites the opportunity to be more informed about how their money is spent, and provides them with a means to potentially save on their monthly bill. I’d like to thank Enwin, for this much-welcomed step forward in customer service.”
The implementation of the Green Button standard comes as the Ontario government marks two years of providing consumers with Customer Choice rates. As of November 1, 2020, most families, small businesses, and farms can select either a time-of-use (TOU) or tiered billing structure for their electricity usage. More than 355,000 Ontario electricity customers have used this choice to better manage their electricity bills by switching their pricing plan to one that is a better fit. Green Button provides families and businesses with the information they need to better understand their energy use so they can make an informed decision on which price plan is right for them, helping them to lower their energy bills. This is done by authorizing the sharing of hourly electricity usage data, in a standardized digital format, directly with approved third-party Green Button applications of their choice. Customers can utilize ENWIN’s Green Button Solution simply by joining MyENWIN by registering at my.ENWIN.com.