UPDATED for 2014: news from the June 9th, 2014 Datapalooza in Washington D.C. which we sadly could not attend...
On October 1st, 2012, the OSTP and the Department of Energy held an event at the White House in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Office Building called the Energy Datapalooza, to kick off some of the first implementations of the Open Energy Initiative, headed by Ian Kalin. There were a number of amazing guest speakers including Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Steve VanRoekel U.S. Chief Information Officer, Nancy Sutley Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality and Heather Zichal Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. Check out the full Agenda to see all the speakers listed.
The main point of the meeting was to highlight the opening of datasets newly made publicly available by the government through web APIs, and showcase some of the outstanding ones created by entrepreneurs in both the private and public sector. One of the big datasets being heralded is the GreenButtonData that allows consumers access to their 15-minute and hourly electricity consumption data in a well formed XML document. All kinds of good apps are being created using this data, and probably the real traction will happen with the release of the web service called GreenButtonConnectMyData - where consumption data from your smart meter will be made available in near real-time via an event-drive webservice API. Check out the White House blog of the event too.
SolarNetwork was honored to attend, and we fully applaud both Todd and Ian's efforts to open up this data and encourage innovators to start working with it to provide new services to promote conservation. Because it IS part of a sound energy policy - but mostly what struck me was the level of energy and enthusiasm of these guys and their willingness to experiment and not get everything right day one. There was a lot of talk about how "data wants to get out" and we could not agree more. We look forward to supporting GreenButtonConnectMyData as another interface to analysis and visualization, and doing our bit to encourage innovators to roll up their sleeves and get started!