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About Contest #3: Open Data by Design


The Department of Energy will award $17,500 in prizes for the best designs that maximize the potential of our open energy data resources and personal energy data available in the Green Button format. Use information and graphic design, and your own creativity to increase the transparency, usability and value of the featured data for a clean, secure and reliable energy future.

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Featured Inputs

In order to be eligible to win a prize, contestants MUST utilize one or more Featured Inputs in their submission. You can use information design, graphic design, animation, 2D and 3D representation, formatting or standardization to add value, improve clarity, increase accessibility or reflect scale in a more compelling manner than the data does by itself. Designs may combine Featured Inputs with other public or open data in their submissions.

  • EERE Energy Data Portal

    Select sources of data on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies from throughout EERE and from the DOE national laboratories. These data resources provide information such as prices, savings, use, and state statistics by technology. Also included are links to more comprehensive data collections, policy data resources, and supply and demand forecasts.

  • Energy Information Administration:

    Portal to data collected and published by the EIA. The U.S. Energy Information Administration collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

  • Green Button Data:

    A set of RESTful API methods and an XML data standard allowing consumers to access their energy usage data and securely share that data with third-party web and mobile apps. Today, 48 utilities and electricity suppliers have committed to enable their customers with "Green Button" access. Over 42 million household and business customers already have access to their Green Button energy data. Contestants may use sample Green Button data, or Green Button data obtained from any participating utility.

  • National Renewable Energy Data & Resources:

    Databases, maps, and tools produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. These resources are available to assess, analyze, and optimize renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies for your project.

  • OpenEI.org:

    A knowledge-sharing wiki, containing links to Department of Energy and other energy datasets, applications and articles.

  • National Geothermal Data System (NGDS):

    This resource contains enough raw geoscience data that can help pinpoint elusive sweet spots of geothermal energy deep in the earth, enabling researchers and commercial developers to find the most promising areas for geothermal energy.

  • Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework :

    The Bioenergy KDF supports the development of a sustainable bioenergy industry by providing access to a variety of data sets, publications, and collaboration and mapping tools that support bioenergy research, analysis, and decision making. In the KDF, users can search for information, contribute data, and use the tools and map interface to synthesize, analyze, and visualize information in a spatially integrated manner.

  • Buildings Performance Database:

    The Buildings Performance Database lets users mine anonymous statistical data from real buildings that match a specific building characteristic profile, enabling real estate professionals, contractors, policymakers and lenders to incorporate real-world performance data into their decision making.

  • Energy Data Exchange:

    EDX facilitates a more rapid and comprehensive utilization of key data needs that crosscut multiple projects/program areas (CO2 storage, unconventional and conventional hydrocarbon systems, natural gas hydrates, etc.).

  • National Library of Energy:

    The library "virtually integrates information from Energy.gov (the DOE website) and all DOE program offices, national laboratories and other facilities. The National Library of Energy search feature provides one-stop, easy access to information in DOE's broad mission areas: science and R&D; energy and technology for industry and homeowners; energy market information and analysis; and nuclear security and environmental management.

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Data Sets:

    Data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity.