The Energy Department announced today the first round of winners for the "Apps for Energy" competition, with app developers submitting more than 50 innovative mobile and web applications that will help utility consumers save money by making the most of their "Green Button" electricity usage data. Today's winners were selected by a panel of expert reviewers; Popular Choice awards will also be announced after the conclusion of a public voting period -- which is underway now at http://appsforenergy.challenge.gov until 8 p.m. on May 31.
"We're pleased to see such a strong response to our call for innovative new apps that will save consumers money by saving energy," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "This is about giving consumers easy access to information so they can make sense of their electricity bill -- and more importantly, reduce their electricity bill."
Developers competing in "Apps for Energy" created 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 will provide more than 31 million costumers access to data about their own energy use.
Eligible apps included those for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more -- providing new tools for understanding their electricity usage, taking action, and making better-informed decisions.
The winning apps -- which are sharing prize money provided jointly by the Department and three private sector cosponsors of the competition -- were announced today by Senior Energy Department Official Patricia Hoffman at Connectivity Week, a gathering of smart grid industry leaders in Santa Clara, California.
Senior Official Hoffman also announced new funding partnerships with utilities, local governments, and communities to create programs that empower consumers to better manage their electricity use through improved access to their own electricity consumption data.
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