Today the Obama Administration announced new features to Energy.Data.gov, the open government platform for citizens and software developers to engage with energy- and environment-related data, apps, maps, and challenges. The new features were announced at a Council on Environmental Quality three-day conference called GreenGov, which is focused on, you guessed it, making the Federal Government more energy efficient.
The improvements include:
These data, apps, and maps are complemented on the online platform by a growing set of prizes, challenges, and competitions from a variety of agencies – including America’s Home Energy Education Challenge, the Rooftop Solar Challenge, and Battle of the Buildings. Speaking of data-fueled competitions, the Apps for the Environment Forum is being held next week, where EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will celebrate software developers who find new ways to combine and deliver environmental data in exciting new applications.
But energy data isn’t just held by the Federal Government. That’s why the Administration is working to inspire and encourage utilities to make detailed energy usage information to their own customers, via one click of a “Green Button”. In fact, I’m excited about California, where the three largest utilities there are working to make the Green Button a reality by the end of the year.
Nick Sinai is Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer