As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help consumers save money by saving energy, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu launched the Department’s first-ever “Apps for Energy
” competition. Apps for Energy challenges innovative software developers to build new apps that utilize data from major utility companies to help consumers and businesses use less energy and save money.
The Energy Department – in partnership with Itron, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Gridwise Alliance – is offering $100,000 in cash prizes to the software developers and designers that submit the best apps, as judged by a prestigious panel of judges selected from government, the energy industry, and the tech community. Among the judges is Sharelynn Moore, Itron’s vice president of corporate communications.
Developers competing in Apps for Energy will create apps that are designed to make the best use of the data provided through the President’s Green Button initiative, which recently announced that nine major utilities and electricity suppliers, including Itron
, are committing to providing more than 15 million households access to data about their own energy use.