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Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Energy Education Data Jam 2014

EERE is working to amplify our approach to help improve energy understanding, knowledge, and decision-making. To address the measured gap in America's energy literacy, we plan to unite energy experts with the software, visualization, and development communities. This single-day event will bring developers and topic experts together with the goal of creating innovative products and partnerships to directly address energy literacy going forward.

In the growing ecosystem of energy-related data jams and hackathons, this one will be distinct in that it is targeted toward improving the general understanding of the basics of energy in the U.S., which we have identified as a key obstacle to sensible long-term progress in energy. We hope that what emerges from this data jam will be applicable to learners of any age – from preschool to adult learners.

DataJam Focus

How can we use energy data, and energy tools together with energy content to create opportunities (apps, visualizations,games,etc) for energy literacy?

Energy content

Example: The Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education presents interdisciplinary energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions.

How can Energy Big Data and Energy content come together to help create an energy literate person? What application(s) of Energy Big Data, Energy Content and IT will help students and the public understand these essential principles, to become more energy aware and literate?

Example Energy Concepts and potential Energy Data, Content and Tools
Example Energy Literacy Principle Example Data Sets; Data Tools; Content
Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system. Energy Information Agency visuals and data on energy mixes, fuel types, and flow diagrams; Solar Resource Data; Geothermal Data
Various sources of energy can be used to power human activities, often this energy must be transferred from source to destination. National Solar Radiation Data Base; Fuel Economy API : Open EI Utility Rates
Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors. Green Button Data; Home Energy Score API; EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey; Fuel Economy API
The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors. 2012 Commercial Energy Consumption Data; Free Energy Data Tools(FRED); Building Industry & Electricity Senarios (BITES)
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.; Infrastructure and Geographic Map Data Relevant to Climate-Preparedness

Energy Literacy Defined

An energy-literate person:

  • can trace energy flows and think in terms of energy systems
  • knows how much energy he or she uses, for what, and where the energy comes from
  • can assess the credibility of information about energy
  • can communicate about energy and energy use in meaningful ways
  • is able to make informed energy and energy use decisions based on an understanding of impacts and consequences
  • continues to learn about energy throughout his or her life

Data Jam Developers Resources

The Open Energy Information Portal (OpenEI)Open Energy Information (OpenEI) is a knowledge sharing online community dedicated to connecting people with the latest energy information and data. By providing access to energy-related information via geographic discovery, visualizations and apps, and topic-oriented gateways, OpenEI can help you find the answers you need to make better, more informed decisions. (over 2000 Data Sets).

Open EI Energy Hackathon Resources Page for Cleanweb Hacks and Energy MashupsThis is a comprehensive list of API, Datasets and Resources for general Energy Hackathons, Datajams and Energy Mashups Compiled at OpenEI.

Green Button DataGreen Button is the common-sense idea that electricity customers should be able to download their own detailed household or building electricity usage information from their utility website, in a common consumer- and computer-friendly format. With the Green Button initiative, energy providers are giving customers easy and secure online access to their personal energy use data. The program also offers opportunity for developers and third parties to design Green Button Applications that can use the energy use data from customers, should they decide to upload and/or share it.

User Guide for the NIST Green Button Software Development KitThe Green Button SDK provides a small set of tools to help demonstrate the schema or data layout and the use of Green Button data files specifically ESPI XML data files. Also included in the kit is an ESPI XML data file generator built as an MS-Excel spreadsheet with VBA embedded macro code-base.

Data Set examples

2012 Commercial Energy Consumption Data
5-minute electricity consumption for 100 anonymized commercial and industrial sites. Metadata includes randomized lat/lng, facility square footage and industry. In GreenButton and CSV formats. s

2009 United States Renewable Energy Consumption by Sector and Source Data
This dataset is the 2009 United States Renewable Energy Consumption by Sector and Source, part of the Annual Energy Outlook that highlights changes in the AEO Reference case projections for key energy topics. The Annual Energy Outlook presents a projection and analysis of US energy supply, demand, and prices through 2035. The projections are based on results from the Energy Information Administration's National Energy Modeling System.
National Solar Radiation Data Base
The National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB) is the most comprehensive collection of solar data freely available. The 1991 - 2005 NSRDB contains hourly solar radiation (including global, direct, and diffuse) and meteorological data for 1,454 stations. NCDC's Integrated Surface Data (ISD) were the key data source for this effort, with much of the solar data modeled/estimated based on the surface observations. This dataset builds on the 1961-1990 NSRDB, which contains data for 239 stations. These data are extremely useful in estimating solar energy potential across the U.S., and in estimating heating/cooling requirements for buildings based on heat-gain from solar radiation.

Energy API’s

Visual Browser Search of Energy API’s available to Developers

A visual API browser for developers to search for different Energy API’s available and their current uses.

Fuel Economy API
Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced the development of a new interface for data from the website. The API will provide access to all of the data currently displayed in the “Find and Compare Cars” interactive tool, which includes model years 1984 through 2013.
EIA Electricity API
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced the development of an API for its series on monthly, quarterly, and annual data for electric generation, consumption, and retail sales

Home Energy Score API is designed to provide a rapid low-cost opportunity assessment of a home’s fixed energy systems (also known as an “asset rating”) and provide the home owner with general feedback on the systems that potentially need more detailed attention from certified home performance diagnostics and weatherization professionals.Now, developers can build this scoring tool directly into their own applications using the Home Energy Score API from the Department of Energy.API

NREL's Developer Network

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's developer network helps developers access and use energy data via web services, APIs, and other tools. Note': Some of these services will require signing up for an API Key at
NREL-Electricity API’s
Services associated with electricity costs, generation, transmission, delivery, and monitoring.

OpenEI Utility Rates -Access complex utility rate structure information (across all sectors) for most U.S. utility companies from the National Utility Rate Database. This information is collected and quality controlled on a continual basis by Illinois State University on behalf of DOE and housed within the platform.

Utility Rates (Simple) -This service returns annual average utility rates ($/kWH) for residential, commercial and industrial sectors as well as the local utility name for a specific location. This service does not return complex rate information.

Utility Rates by Census Region -Given a location and Census Bureau region level (block, blockgroup, tract), return the Census Bureau ID, utility rate and company information.

NREL-Solar API’sAccess data and analysis services that provide access to solar resource data and NREL models.

PVWatts (Version 4) -NREL's PVWatts calculates the energy production of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. This service estimates the performance of hypothetical residential and small commercial PV installations.

Solar Dataset Query -Returns information on the closest climate data for a location. Solar Resource Data -Returns various types of solar data for a location. The service currently returns data for average Direct Normal Irradiance, average Global Horizontal Irradiance, and average Tilt at Latitude.

NREL-Buildings API’sServices related to energy efficiency and the use of renewable technologies in residential and commercial buildings.

Building Component Library -Access energy data on individual components or energy conservation measures for buildings. This data can be used to create building energy models.

Commercial Building Resource Database -Resources to support the adoption of energy-saving building technologies.

High Performance Building Database -A central repository of in-depth information and data on high-performance, green building projects across the United States and abroad.

NREL Wind API’sAccess data and analysis services that provide access to wind resource data and NREL models.

Wind Toolkit Data Collect and download, as CSV, a configurable set of data fields from a national collection of wind stations.

Energy online tools

Free Energy Data Tool (FRED) -FRED is an open-access tool designed to assist government and corporate energy planners to set long-term goals, identify lessons learned from other organizations, and track progress by making energy information more accessible, consistent, and transparent across organizations. FRED collects energy supply and demand data at a state and national level and normalizes and displays this data in simple, easy-to-understand maps, time series, and flow diagrams. Side-by-side comparisons, energy flow (Sankey) diagrams and forecast scenarios help prioritize future energy policies. Users are encouraged to upload their own energy data to compare their organization's performance against other states and user-provided regions, so every user of FRED, from local to national, will increase the value to every other user in the community.

Buildings Industry Transportation & Electricity Senarios (BITES)-The Buildings Industry Transportation Electricity Scenarios (BITES) tool is an interactive framework that lets users explore the energy and carbon implications of altering the current U.S. energy profile. Using 'what-if' scenarios, users are able to adjust inputs to the electricity generation, buildings, industry and transportation sectors in order to compare outcomes to baseline reference cases. With this tool, the user will be able to answer questions such as: What is the impact of building efficiency measures on CO2 emissions? If a greater percentage of energy comes from renewable sources, what would the U.S. observe in energy consumption savings?

Other Community Energy Tools- A list of links to energy tools that can be found on OpenEI.

Energy Education Resources

Energy Literacy K-12 Curriculum Search Tool )
CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network)

The CLEAN Portal has two main components – the CLEAN Collection and the CLEAN Network.

The CLEAN Collection is a collection of over 580 climate and energy educational resources (activities, visualizations, videos, short demonstrations/experiments) for grades 6-16 that have been rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy, pedagogical effectiveness, and technical quality. This collection appears along with our Teaching Climate and Energy support pages in the CLEAN Portal. The collection has also been syndicated to the Teaching Climate section of NOAA’s portal.


NARA – Energy Literacy Matric - The NARA Energy Literacy Principles Matrix is collection of educational resources related to biofuel solutions that are economically viable, socially acceptable, and meet the high environmental standards of the Pacific Northwest. You can use the Matrix to find teaching materials such as lesson plans, datasets, videos, images, activities, software and modules. All of the resources align to the energy principles and concepts as outlined in the Department of Energy's peer reviewed Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education framework. Please take a look at an overview for how to use this site here.

The NEED ProjectThe NEED Project - Find training opportunities, professional development programs, and other events for educators on the NEED Project calendar.

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. NEED works with energy companies, agencies and organizations to bring balanced energy programs to the nation's schools with a focus on strong teacher professional development, timely and balanced curriculum materials, signature program capabilities and turn-key program management.


BITES: The Buildings Industry Transportation Electricity Scenarios (BITES) Tool is a scenario-based tool for analyzing how changes in energy demand and supply by economic sector can impact carbon dioxide emissions. BITES permits the rapid screening and exploration of energy options and technologies that can lead to major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and reductions in oil dependence.

EIA Energy Kids

EIA Energy Kids - A K-12 website with games, activities and more from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Green School Alliance

Green School Alliance GSA's mission is to connect and empower preK-12 schools worldwide to lead the transformation to global sustainability. Uniquely created by schools for schools, the GSA is a global network of schools represented by Sustainability Coordinators -- faculty, staff. students, administrators and others -- working together to solve climate and conservation challenges. GSA Member Schools share and implement sustainable best practices, and promote connections between schools, communities, and the environments that sustain them.

More Developers Resources Developer Resources– The Home of the U.S. Government’s Open Data- Here you will find data, tools and resources to conduct research, development, and mobile applications, design data visualizations and more. Developer Resources- A list of links to Department of Energy and other agencies Energy Related Resources for developers.