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. To help address this problem, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday announced the launch of Lantern Live – a mobile app that allows users in disaster-affected areas to report on the status of local gas stations, find fuel, and easily look up power outage maps from local utilities. Lantern Live is part of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative.
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.