Big money in DOE's Apps for Energy challenge


We've told you about utilities and smart grid vendors jumping on the Green Button bandwagon. Now software developers get a turn.


The Department of Energy - in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Itron, and Gridwise Alliance -- kicked off its first-ever "Apps for Energy”  challenge on April 5, issuing an open invitation to innovative software developers to build new apps - for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more - that utilize data from major utility companies to help consumers and businesses use less energy and save money. Submissions must make use of Green Button electricity usage data, but can also include other data sets.