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  • Graham7781
    14 Apr 2014 - 10:48 by Graham7781

    The National Day of Civic Hacking is coming to a city near you. Internationally-supported, these civic hacking events will be in cities around the world bringing together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate and build solutions to data, code, and technology.

    The aim of these events is to support communities and governments, and all are encouraged to participate. Whether you are an expert or are just interested in supporting your local community, your participation is needed.

    Here is a list of the planned cities

    Here is more information on the challenges


  • Graham7781
    16 Jan 2014 - 16:14 by Graham7781

    WASHINGTON – As part of the Administration’s commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department today is launching a contest to promote the creation of new apps designed to address today’s energy challenges. The Apps for Energy II contest, which is the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, will encourage contestants to leverage ideas developed during the American Energy Data Challenge’s first contest, and open data sources.  

    “The American Energy Data Challenge is connecting Americans with the power of open data by encouraging people to explore creative new ways to use publicly-available data from the Energy Department, and their own energy consumption data that is now available to over 100 million Americans in Green Button format,” said Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman. “Continuing to find new ways to tap into American innovation is critical to helping pave the way to greater energy independence.”  

    As part of the contest, the Energy Department will host a series of “hackathons” in four cities to create venues where people can brainstorm, collaborate, and begin creating apps that use publicly-available data to solve problems. Contestants will be eligible to win prizes at the events and by submitting their apps for judging as part of the nationwide contest.  The Apps for Energy II hackathons will be held in:  

    ·       Washington DC (Jan. 24-25, 2014); ENTER 1776 EVENTBRITE HERE

    ·       San Diego (Jan. 31-Feb 1, 2014). Location: ENTER SDG&E EVENTBRITE HERE

    ·       Valley Forge, PA (Feb 7-8, 2014. Location: ENTER PJM EVENTBRITE HERE

    ·       Boston D.C. (Feb 15-16, 2014). Location: ENTER HACK/REDUCE EVENTBRITE HERE

    The American Energy Data Challenge, which was launched in November, consists of four contests held quarterly. More than 100 ideas were submitted during the first contest, with a total of $10,000 awarded to 12 winners in December. The Apps for Energy II contest will run until March 9, with winners announced in late March.   Two additional challenges -- Energy Data by Design and the American Energy Challenge -- will be rolled out in the coming months, culminating in a call for bold ideas to re-imagine America’s energy infrastructure. More information and rules are available online.

  • Graham7781
    16 Jan 2014 - 12:40 by Graham7781

    A new memorandum from the President to the heads of executive departments and agencies announces the development of an interagency Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force. The tast force includes members from all relevant executive departments and agencies, who will be tasked with developing an integrated review of energy policy that integrates all of these collective perspectives.

    The initial focus will be on the nation's infrastructure. President Obama recognizes the need to develop the increasingly challenged infrastructure to better transport, transmit, and deliver energy. From there, the task force will consider all impacts and challenges to the nation's energy future.

    To view the full memorandum, click here



  • Graham7781
    9 Jan 2014 - 14:12 by Graham7781

    New research from the University of California-Berkeley shows that those who live in cities in the United States have significantly smaller per-capita carbon footprints than their suburban counterparts. The difference is such that suburban dwellers essentially offset the low carbon footprints of urban dwellers.

    Vehicle emissions accounted for the biggest contributor to carbon dioxide, accounted by longer commutes to work, school, and shopping. The data, balancing 37 factors such as weather, income, home size, shows that those dwelling in major cities have a carbon footprint about 50 percent below the national average, while suburban dwellers are about twice the national average.

    You can access the full report in Environmental Science & Technology


  • Rosborne318
    2 Dec 2013 - 12:06 by Rosborne318

    The Shreveport Airport Authority intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) at some future time for renewable energy generation opportunities on Shreveport Airport property. The Authority is particularly interested in solar photovoltaic generation but other technically and economically feasible technologies may also be included.

    A study by NREL estimates the annual capacity factor of fixed tilt covered parking at 15.3% and for one-axis tracking at 19.4%.  Specifically, the SHV objectives are:

    - Maximize the financial benefits of the opportunity

    - Maximize the land opportunity for the development of renewable generation on the specified installation.

    -Reduce the SHV carbon footprint.

    -Purchase power and/or energy at a lower cost than current cost to generate power.

    In order for the Airport Authority to develop a succinct RFP, we seek to identify responsible sources and obtain information regarding renewable opportunities and risks associated with this specific installation. The results of this Request for Information will assist in developing Requests for Proposal (RFP) to be issued at a later date.


    A copy of the full RFI is attached.


    Responses to the RFI are due on 2 January 2014, by 2:00 PM EST. LATE RESPONSES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Packages may be sent via email to:

    Robert Osborne

    Project Manager

    Shreveport Airport Authority

    5103 Hollywood Avenue, Suite 300

    Shreveport LA 71109

    Phone (318) 673-5370

    Mobile (318) 771-8049

    Fax     (318) 673-5382




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