As part of the Energy Datapalooza event in Washington, DC, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a challenge to to foster new technologies that can increase fuel efficiency while also addressing distracted driving concerns. The challenge will seek to recognize the best innovative technology solutions that vehicle owners can choose to use with their own private vehicle data.
DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also jointly announced the development of a new interface for data from the fueleconomy.gov website. The API (application programming interface) 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.
The Energy Datapalooza is showcasing new products, services, and apps all built with freely available data from the government and other sources. The event includes demonstrations of mobile apps and web-based services that are available to families and businesses today, as well as previews of future inventions.
In addition, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is honoring the winners of the Department of Energy’s inaugural “Apps for Energy” challenge, whose inventions include innovative applications such as: Leafully, which uses creative comparisons to help consumers understand how their actions impact the world and their wallet; Melon Power, which helps building owners easily calculate their ENERGY STAR score; and VELOBill, which makes it easy to visualize energy usage data, compare it to peers, and make a plan to save energy.
Utilities and software companies there launched “Green Button Connect My Data” in California and the Mid-Atlantic. Green Button Connect My Data enables energy customers to securely and automatically transfer their own energy data to authorized third parties, if they choose to do so. It builds on previous commitments under the Green Button Initiative to help consumers download their own energy data to their desktops.