Contest #1: The Energy Ideas Contest
Contest #1, which ran from November - December 2013, focused on generating new ideas for using energy data to create high-value products, applications, services and research. We awarded $10,000 in prizes to winners in three campaigns, described below.
In Contest #2, teams that decide to build an app that uses one of these winning ideas as inspiration will be eligible for the "Best Use of a Winning Contest #1 Idea" prize.
Best Ideas for an Existing Dataset
In this campaign, we asked the public to explore a list of existing Department of Energy public data resources, and tell us their ideas for using a dataset in a new and interesting way. The winners are...
First Prize ($1,500): Home Energy Score API
A proposal to integrate Home Energy Scores into home sales and rental listings. This could make it easier for families to factor energy efficiency/costs into their decision about which home to choose.
Second Prize ($1,000): Intelligent PV Selection that Considers Usage, Rates and Size
A proposal to combine Green Button data, utility rate information, and estimated solar performance information from the Department's PVWatts tool to create an accurate assessment about the most cost effective type of solar installation and rate plan for a given home or building.
Third Prize ($500): The Transparent Cost Database Enables Energy Innovation
A submission containing several ideas for using and improving the data contained in the Department's Transparent Cost Database, a tool collecting and standardizing historical and projected cost estimates for a variety of energy technologies.
Popular Choice ($1,000): Online Forum to Make Financial Energy Incentives More Effective
An idea to combine the list of incentives in the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency with a forum or other similar software allowing citizens to ask questions about various incentives and get advice on how to apply from fellow citizens and potentially program administrators.
Best Ideas for a "Wish List" Dataset
For this campaign, we asked about the energy data on your "wish list" -- data that, if it was available, would be extremely valuable. The winners are...
First Prize ($1,000): Leveraging Natural Gas Data
An idea discussing the importance of expanding the adoption of the Green Button standard among natural gas utilities. Combining gas usage with electricity usage could provide a more complete picture of energy usage in many homes and buildings than electricity usage alone.
Second Prize ($500): Community Energy Use Mapping
A "wish list" dataset that would provide energy usage information aggregated at community-level geographic areas (i.e. parcels, census blocks, cities, etc.). Local energy statistics could empower local communities to better understand energy trends in their areas.
Third Prize ($250): A Realtime Residential Energy Dataset
This wish list idea describes creating an API to granular household consumption data (similar to that available in the RECS Survey) for use by the utilities that service those homes and other third parties authorized by the customer. Such an API could allow providers to better serve their customers.
Popular Choice ($250): Green Energy Tracker
The popular choice award-winner "wish list" idea is for an API that would provide near-real time information on the energy mix within a specific ISO/RTO at any given time in a simple, standard JSON format.
Best "Killer Ideas" for an Energy-focused Application or Service
In this campaign, we asked for "killer ideas" for new energy-focused applications or services. The winners are ...
First Prize ($1,500): Residential Demand Response Using Smart Meters
This idea describes a smartphone application that would use Green Button Connect to provide a current view of energy usage in a home, and that could receive demand response alerts with recommendations of how a customer might reduce their consumption in periods of high demand.
- Second Prize ($1,000): Residential Solar Calculator
Third Prize ($500): Power Gambit: A Country-wide Energy Prospecting Game
An idea for an power grid simulation game that uses real-world energy resource potential estimates from sources such as the Department's Solar Resource APIs, the Marine and Hydrokinetic Atlas, the OpenEI Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment, EIA's power plant data, and more.
Popular Choice ($1,000): Oroeco - Earn Rewards for Living Your Values
An idea to integrate Green Button data and eGrid emissions data, along with financial transaction data from a provider such as Mint.com in order to provide users a complete estimate of their carbon footprint.