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Thinking of Embodied Energy as a new form of currency

When we take out a loan for a house the most important thing we care about is the total cost and how fast can we pay that back. However, when it comes to things around us people seem to be completely unaware of how much energy it costs to make it. Embodied energy is defined as sum of all the energy required to produce goods or services. The concept can be useful in determining the effectiveness of energy producing/saving ...more »

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The Transparent Cost Database Enables Energy Innovation

As energy researchers, the Department of Energy datasets are the foundation of our work. Choosing the most valuable among them is like being asked to choose the most valuable book from a library – the value comes from the library itself, not the single book. Yet, no dataset in recent memory has proved more important than OpenEI.gov’s new Transparent Cost Database (http://en.openei.org/apps/TCDB/). This database displays ...more »

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Online Forum to Make Financial Energy Incentives More Effective

Households and businesses choose to be more efficient and “green” if extra effort and money leads to significant savings. The average professional may not be focused on reducing his or her carbon footprint but will be motivated by incentive. The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) addresses this issue by allowing residents and businesses to access financial energy incentives in order to save money ...more »

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Real Time Pricing Extended to the Retail Energy Market

One of the biggest problems with the electric industry today is that it insulates the consumer from the "pain" of the wholesale energy market. This should at least be offered as an option to consumers. There is no technical barrier to prevent the implementation of a retail real-time price market to consumers. This should be offered to them as an alternative to the other tariff options they are given. Fifteen states also ...more »

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Predictive analytics of near-future energy pricing

Develop predictive analytics software to forecast near-future energy pricing by extracting data from the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) website including the historical prices of gasoline, crude oil, and electricity. Based upon these historical energy pricing trends, predicted weather patterns, location, and Monte-Carlo analysis that predicts future geopolitical events, extreme weather events, discovery ...more »

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Team Smart Washa - best idea existing dataset

We love the electric utility rates database. It allows customers to see the cost per kWh. If the market decides to go to time of use (TOU) then we have a pretty neat idea to make this database more valuable. If you could build this as a dynamic platform that updates in real time developers could use this dataset to create smart machines, like a smart washer machine. We When the price is right. The device turns on. ...more »

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Home Energy Score API

We propose a Home Energy Score API to allow home buyers and renters to know the energy performance of a home as part of the purchasing or rental decision. The home energy score should be available on home purchasing sites like MLS, Realtor.com, and Zillow and on apartment rental sites like Rent.com, Airbnb.com and Apartments.com. This information should be as easily accessible as the miles per gallon rating on vehicles ...more »

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Intelligent PV Selection That Consider Usage, Rates, and Size

A key challenge facing residential and small business utility customers that are considering installing PV solar is accurately estimating the impact of various PV system sizes and utility rate structures on the payback period. Most utility customers struggle to perform cost calculations necessary to optimize their return on investment on solar projects. For a typical electrical customer problem becomes hopelessly complex ...more »

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Existing Dataset: Targeted Subsidies

As of recently, energy consumption at the residential level has become a hot topic of discussion within the United States. Although we have collectively made great progress over the past decade in becoming more environmentally conscious, we still have room for tremendous improvement. The U.S. government has recognized the need to become more energy efficient by creating subsidies in specific industries such as renewables, ...more »

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Big data idea

Hi United States of America.

 

You cuzzies should compile your demand by us suburb and location type and capacity of your plants and their marginal cost. use this data to do some sweet network optimisation so your low and high marginal cost plants are located optimally to reduce your transmission losses.

 

Although all you guys are pretty smart and I imagine of already do this.

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Disaggregating form EIA-861

The Energy Information Administration portal to data is enormously useful for understanding the electric utility industry. The Form EIA-860, Annual Electric Generator Report; Form EIA-861, Annual Electric Power Industry Report; and Form EIA-923, Power Plant Operations Report are particularly useful for electric utility analysis analysis. I have used these data-files statistical analysis on utility performance by ownership ...more »

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