Some of the most exciting and innovative cleantech software companies gathered Monday in Washington, D.C for the first ever “Energy Datapalooza“. The event was hosted by the Obama Administration, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and U.S. CTO Todd Park and included talks from a number of companies utilizing open energy data. Genability’s own Jason Riley was in attendance and spoke to the crowd of entrepreneurs, policymakers and energy officials on the answer to our grid’s problem: hot tubs!
The Datapalooza included several exciting DOE announcements including a “Vehicles Data Challenge“; an initiative focused on increased fuel and vehicle efficiency. Todd Park provided some GreenButton updates including that there are now 35 utilities committed to GreenButton. He also announced the launch of “GreenButton Connect My Data” that enables consumers to transfer energy data to authorized 3rd parties. The EERE also released several new datasets, including APIs for electricity generation, car comparison and biomass. Finally, the EERE released a new challenge to entrepreneurs related to vehicle efficiency and new apps to support it. Details of the $50,000 challenge will be released on December 1st by @ProjectOpenData.
In addition to exciting DOE & EERE announcements, the Datapalooza included brief presentations from CEOs of several companies utilizing freely available government data. The groups and companies presenting included:
Consumer Energy Efficiency Entrepreneurs: WattzOn (Martha Amram, CEO), Simple Energy (Yoav Lurie, CEO), Plotwatt (Luke Fishback, CEO), OPower (Alex Laskey, President). Martha announced WattzOn’s newest product, Appliance Advisor, an app developed to provide a precise price for specific appliances.
Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Entrepreneurs: FirstFuel (Swap Shah, CEO), Lucid (Michael Murrary, CEO), Honest Buildings (Riggs Kubiak, CEO), U.S. Green Building Council (Chris Pyke, VP of Research).
The event would not have been complete without remarks from Secretary Chu. Secretary Chu honored the winners of the DOE’s “Apps for Energy” challenge and discussed the importance of open data and the need for entrepreneurs to continue to develop apps that “advance a secure and clean energy future.”