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  • WikiSysop
    1 Sep 2014 - 18:34 by WikiSysop

    Bioenergy: America's Energy Future is a short documentary film showcasing examples of bioenergy innovations across the biomass supply chain and the United States. The film highlights a few stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels and addressing the challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy.

  • WikiSysop
    22 Aug 2014 - 11:12 by WikiSysop

    The city of Knoxville is in the running for a $5 million prize that could be applied to public and community efforts to reduce energy consumption. Watch the video about this in the link below, then post comments, suggestions, questions, etc. as a response to this post.

  • WikiSysop
    12 Aug 2014 - 14:18 by WikiSysop

    Wearable technology devices are arguably one of the most interesting advances in the past few years. While the format is not there yet, and most wearable devices are abandoned within a short amount of time by their users, the more unobtrusive and low maintenance devices may start catching on soon. Here's an interesting article about some of the most recent advances:

  • Ewilson
    21 Jul 2014 - 16:34 by Ewilson

    NREL, in collaboration with Illinois State University, with funding from the Department of Energy Sunshot Program, has enhanced the U.S. Utility Rate Database with the following new features:

    Utility Rate
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  • Jleyshon
    17 Jul 2014 - 13:42 by Jleyshon

    Deadline - July 31, 2014

    The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) RFP (Sol. # SPE600-14-R-0415) seeking up to 830,843 megawatt-hours of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for ultimate transfer to U.S.

  • Dbrodt
    9 Jun 2014 - 13:54 by Dbrodt

    If you are interested in Energy Systems Integration and you want to find out more about a group forming to share data and information about energy systems integration, then check out the new web site.  The National Renewable Energy Lab is managing this site.  Learn more about what NREL is doing related to energy systems integration at:

  • Allandaly
    13 May 2014 - 12:49 by Allandaly

    Hi again,

    I feel like the squeaky wheel here ... apologies for that ... but I am trying to figure out if/how to use this great resource.

    I'm interested in the California PG&E E-19 rate structure. As I understand things right now, there are two issues/problems where the E-19 rate does not fit into the current schema.

    1) The demand charges for this structure consist of three separate line-items each month. Here's what the official E-19 documentation says.

    Utility Rate
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  • Allandaly
    13 May 2014 - 11:59 by Allandaly

    Hi again,

    Thank you for your help so far. Do you have an example function that you can post that uses the data in the URDB format that you can post that calculates the hourly/daily/monthly (whatever) utility cost? This would help greatly in understanding the schema format and the intent behind the different fields.

    Any language would be fine for this code --> c, c++, python, java ...

    Thanks again.


    Utility Rate
  • Allandaly
    9 May 2014 - 13:48 by Allandaly


    I'm new to the group and looking forward to using the URDB API for a web-based energy-efficiency applicaiton I am building. I would like to understand the schema of the URDB so I can make sense of the data that is returned through the API in JSON format. I spent a bit of time looking around, but I could not find any documentation of the fields / schema for the database. Apologies if I just missed it and did not dig far enough ... but ... is that available somewhere here?

    Thank you.


    Utility Rate
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  • NickL
    2 May 2014 - 15:06 by NickL

    Challenge participants can submit their challenge documents in this group.  

    Use the following steps to submit challenge related materials:

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