White House Energy Datapalooza live on Whitehouse.gov

Today, Whitehouse.gov and Energy.gov collaborated to showcase the White House Energy Datapalooza, an event aimed at highlighting innovators and entrepreneurs that use open energy data sourced from the government.

The free open energy data is being used by professionals to create and build products, services, and apps that are shaping the future of how people use energy and understand their energy bill.

Informed people mean more informed decision making regarding how people use their energy, which could go a long way in reducing energy demand, putting less stress on our energy grid as a whole. And thats before you factor in the environmental benefits of lowering carbon outputs through renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The event lasted from 6:30 AM to 10 AM MST on Monday morning, but you can continue the conversation by following on Twitter @energy for the lastest updates. You can also follow up to find out more about new datasets, APIs, and opportunities from the DOE, the EPA, and a number of private sector partners.

You can also follow up on OpenEI (Open Energy Information) by visiting the Energy Data Initiative portal for further updates.



Datapalooza was very inspiring

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Datapalooza in person yesterday in Washington DC.  It was a very inspirational event and it was great to see so much support for open energy data!  I was impressed that senior officials such as Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu, and Assistant Secretary of Energy for Efficiency and Renewables, Dr. David Danielson, spoke on this subject and were very supportive of open energy data.  In fact, David Danielson mentioned OpenEI as being the DOE's platform for sharing open data.  In addition, several entrepreneurs mentioned NREL data that they are using in their applications.  And finally, Chris Pyke from the U.S. Green Buildings council presented on the commercial building unique ID project that we have been working with him on. OpenEI will be the house for the unique building IDs and will be the place where people can upload green button data that is willing to be shared with the public too. I enjoyed walking around to see the live demos and ensured that everyone knows the open data that is available on OpenEI, especially the utility rate database (http://en.openei.org/wiki/Gateway:Utilities).