Energy Data Initiative

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Energy Data Initiative

The U.S. Government, as well as the private sector, is sitting on a vast -- and in many cases, untapped -- supply of energy data. Data are essential components of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy. To help harness the power of these data through a combination of technology and ingenuity, the Obama Administration has launched the Energy Data Initiative (EDI). The EDI commits the Administration to release data resources in computer-readable form, and calls upon private-sector organizations to voluntarily give consumers secure access to their own energy use data.

Led by the U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with other agencies and the White House, the EDI has a goal of standardizing and liberating energy data to drive entrepreneurs to create tools that can help families and businesses. In doing so, this will generate a rising tide of innovation that can help grow the economy and create jobs.

To kick off the EDI, the White House and U.S. Department of Energy hosted an “Energy Data Jam” in Silicon Valley on May 21st. This workshop brought together a group of America’s most innovative entrepreneurs, software developers, CEOs, energy experts, and policy makers to take advantage of existing and newly available government data to spark new private-sector consumer-facing and business-oriented tools, products, and services -- think smart phone apps -- all while rigorously protecting personal, proprietary, and national security information. This brainstorming session resulted in ideas for new products, services, apps and features built on open energy data. Participants rallied around the most promising ideas and volunteered to build beta products and features in time for an Energy Datapalooza to be held at the end of August that will celebrate and demonstrate the progress made.

Our communities, our economy, and our environment all stand to benefit as we move forward with the EDI to unlock data that can lead us to new ways to save energy and money, reduce pollution, provide energy services, and create jobs to ensure an American economy that is built to last.