In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, seemingly simple tasks such as refueling your car, were incredibly difficult. Few tools existed to determine which gas stations had fuel and the power to pump that fuel.
A little over a year ago, Secretary Moniz announced the launch of the American Energy Data Challenge. The Challenge would consist of a series of four contests, combining open data and energy innovation, and drawing on the creativity of the American public in multiple ways. Our goals were simple: to increase the value of the vast public data sets held in trust by the Department of Energy, and to put new tools into the hands of individuals, homes, and businesses fueled by public and private energy data.