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Frequently Added Information

Some content can easily be added to OpenEI using forms, which means users can easily contribute information without necessarily learning to use the wiki markup format. Some of the most frequently added information is described below.


Within OpenEI, there are numerous types of Organizations. Some are very broadly defined, such as Companies, and others are more specific, such as Utility Companies and Policy Organizations. The types of organizations are described below.

What is a Company?
In OpenEI, almost any business can be considered a Company. Entities that are NOT Companies include universities and other academic institutions (these are Research Institutions) and government agencies. Companies are a type of Organization. Add a Company
What is a Financial Organization?
Financial Organizations include (but are not limited to) financial advisors, lending agencies, and venture capitalists. Financial Organizations are a type of Organization, and may also be Companies. Add a Financial Organization
What is a Networking Organization?
Networking Organizations are those organizations created specifically to provide networking opportunities for professions, but may also include some professional and trade associations (which may also be considered Policy Organizations). Networking Organizations are a type of Organization. Add a Networking Organization
What is a Policy Organization?
Policy Organizations include trade associations, policy-focused Research Institutions, advocacy organizations, and organizations that lobby for a particular energy-related issue. Policy Organizations include both Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Political Action Committees (PACs). Policy Organizations are a type of Organization. Add a Policy Organization
What is a Research Institution?
Research Institutions include universities and other organizations dedicated to research and knowledge sharing, in areas including, but not limited to: science, policy, and economics. Some Research Institutions may also be categorized as Policy Organizations and, in some cases, Companies. Research Institutions are a type of Organization. Add a Research Institution
What is a Utility Company?
Utility Companies are electric cooperatives, transmission, generation, and/or distribution service providers, municipal utilities, and any power-providing organization. Utility Companies are a type of Company and a type of Organization. Add a Utility Company
What is an Oil and Gas Company?
Oil and Gas Companies explore for, process, distribute and/or sell oil, natural gas, or other petroleum products. Oil and Gas Companies are a type of Company and a type of Organization. Add a Oil and Gas Company


An Event must have a name (or title) plus a date and time. For an Event to be added to OpenEI, the user must also provide a description. Providing the location, name of the organizer, event website, and related tags (or keywords) is optional. Events may be displayed within OpenEI on a calendar, a timeline, or a chronological list. Add an Event


In OpenEI, Tools include a variety of resources that might be helpful for making energy-related decisions. Tools may include: datasets, maps, software/modeling tools, podcasts, videos, presentations, webinars, workshops, publications, online calculators, templates, training materials, guides/manuals, best practices, and case studies. Tools may be accessible via a Website, a desktop application, a spreadsheet, or another medium. Some tools have a global focus, others a local focus. Add a Tool

Utility Rates

OpenEI collects data on Utility Rates via a crowd-sourced approach. OpenEI created a special form to allow users to easily add data on electricity rates, tariffs, or other information on the sale or purchase of electricity, demand charges for electricity service, time-of-use-rates, and tiered rates. Utility Rates are collected from rate structures that apply to residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Add a Utility Rate


What is a Property?
In OpenEI, a Property is a feature of the Semantic MediaWiki that allows users to enter semantic data into the OpenEI Wiki, it is not a section of land. A Property is used to describe a particular piece of information, and should be distinguished from a Category.
A Category is meant to represent membership in some group, while Properties are used for basically all other data in the Wiki. For example, you could have a category called Countries, and Brazil, India and the United States would all fall in that category. In OpenEI, a category relationship is comprised two things: a page and a category, e.g. the page about Brazil is in the category: Countries.
A Property relationship in OpenEI is comprised of three things: a page, a property and a value (the value might be piece of text, a number, or another page in the Wiki). An example of a Property might be has member Country, where an international organization such as the United Nations has member countries, and countries such as Argentina, Australia, and the United States would all be values of the Property has member Country. Add a Property