When energy data is put to work, its value becomes obvious. One way to make energy data useful is to use it to power desktop or mobile applications that help people, organizations or utilities understand energy use or make better energy decisions.
In the U.S., the current Apps for Energy Challenge has attracted dozens of entries by U.S. developers. Each of these apps are built using one or more of these "featured inputs" (publicly available U.S. energy datasets):
- Green Button Data Standard
- Home Energy Score Tool API
- Commercial Building Energy Asset Score API
- Buildings Performance Database API
- Energy Information Administration API
- Winning Ideas from Contest #1
Other U.S. public energy datasets can be found at OpenEI.
Browse the entries and vote for your favorite apps by April 4, 9pm ET.
The field of entries illustrates the creativity of energy app developers. Examples include:
- Local Data, building performance indicators
- EEme Implementer, to increase the efficiency of targeting of energy efficiency programs
- Enact, a marketplace for homeowners to find energy upgrade investments, service providers and financing
This is the second of four contests in the American Energy Data Challenge. More than 100 ideas were submitted during the first contest, with a total of $10,000 awarded to 12 winners. Two additional challenges -- Energy Data by Design and the American Energy Challenge -- will be announced soon. Contests are open to U.S.-based developers, but anyone can vote for winners.
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