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Green Energy Tracker

Renewable energy production has been rapidly growing in the US in recent years. Energy consumers have opportunities to learn about renewable energy, but they do not have access to data about the actual renewable energy production or usage. Access to such data may help create awareness of when renewable energy is most available to consumers and when is the peak of energy usage occurs in general. (More details about application ...more »

Submitted by (@jacek.szamrej)

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Macro and Personal View of Energy Usage Across Functions

The average person has a siloed view of energy consumption. There is currently no a way to compare across different types of energy use. This makes it difficult to have a solid understanding of where and how to make an impact. It also leaves a large gap in personal and public understanding of energy consumption. There are some basic questions that we, the general public, cannot answer about energy usage. For example, ...more »

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Smart Meter Interval Data: Availability Info Needed

Smart meter installations and pledges to support Green Button have been a big step in the right direction. Yet, at present, many utility consumers cannot access their data from newly installed meters. Ultimately, a meter is only "smart" if its data is available to its user. PROBLEM Information about smart meter "deployment" is usually narrowly focused on whether advanced ("smart") metering infrastructure (AMI) has ...more »

Submitted by (@sambrooks)

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Leveraging Natural Gas Data

Improving the Green Button Initiative: The Green Button Initiative has made great strides in making electricity consumption more transparent, but consumption of natural gas is a blind spot. As a result, end-use natural gas data should be incorporated into the Green Button program to provide a clearer perspective on energy use. This strategy would leverage and complement existing Green Button data and ultimately provide ...more »

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Community Energy Use Mapping

City's and communities wishing to plan and implement community-scale energy reduction, energy efficiency, and clean energy system (ex. district energy, community-scale solar, etc.) deployment lack information on their community’s energy use. Efforts in NYC and San Francisco-using benchmarking laws for data collection-have been able to spatially understand the use of energy resources (ex. elec, ng, fuel oil) throughout ...more »

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Enabling Distributed Generation with Open Grid Data

Distributed renewable energy generation—particularly solar PV—has grown dramatically in the last few years, but developers continue to be obstructed by soft costs and implementation barriers. The federal government is already working to address this problem through DOE’s Sunshot Initiative—partially by encouraging utilities and local governments to streamline their solar permitting and approval processes—but there is ...more »

Submitted by (@ryancook)

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Social Cost of Traffic

See the attached video which proposes a method for measuring the energy efficiency of the American roadways.

Submitted by (@jon.parish)

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Current, forecast, and historic generator output/capacity

Utility companies may have opposite objectives than the consumer. A utility may be content to generate electricity during peak hours, at high emissions, and sell to consumers at high rates. Consumers may be driven by different objectives. They may buy smart appliances which already respond to time-of-use pricing or emergency demand response signals from the utility. A new electricity generation web service directly from ...more »

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Predicting Potential for Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofit

The dataset I dream for is a representative sample of residential monthly energy billing data, ideally for both gas and electric, by climate zone for the United States. This dataset would ideally include 3-5 years of monthly data for a subsample of homes in each of the Department of Energy’s 8 defined defined climate zones and the “marine, dry, moist” subdivisions thereof. Ideally, this subsample would include 250,000-500,000 ...more »

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Comprehensive Data on Wind Farm Production By Site

Our dream dataset: open data on the actual realized performance of all wind farms in the US, and/or any data it holds on actual measured wind resources at different sites, in any format the DOE chooses. We believe this data could be captured from Treasury/DOE records on production tax credit reporting, which were required of all US wind farms over the past few years. With this data, the wind industry in general, and ...more »

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Standardize all energy data with US Census Boundaries

I propose that all datasets that are released from any governmental organization should be standardized in such a way such that they are easily relatable to the units of measurement that the US Census uses (preferably, counties, tracts, block-groups and blocks). At the moment, data provided by the Federal Government is near impossible to relate to small spatial units (for example a block-group contains ~1000s of people). ...more »

Submitted by (@daithiquinn)

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Dataset of Datasets!

My ideal dataset would be a complete dataset containing all of the Department of Energy Datasets. In looking for data for this contest it was difficult to navigate the many different websites and data formats currently used by different branches of the DOE. To be able to fully use the rich data available it would be very helpful to have a single dataset that contained each of the other datasets in a consistent and coordinated ...more »

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