UtilityAPI has already worked with the City of Oakland, CA to pull electricity data for city owned buildings. The data has been used in hackathons, but an open data set of the electricity consumption of city or university buildings can be used in and out of the classroom. It's a great way to educate technical majors about the opportunities in sustainability/energy.
Data science classes - Open, clean data sets are an important part of any curriculum. Students could use the open data set for class projects. When I was earning my certificate in Econometrics from UCSD, there was nothing better than a cool, clean set of data I could use.
Sustainability courses and programs - Baseline data will make project more real for sustainability majors, masters candidates, and certificate candidates. In the curriculum, it can be used for projects related to:
Hackathons - City, university, or pure-tech events could list open electricity data sets for use in hackathons. Hack NYU is all about turning cool ideas into reality. What would be cooler than some energy-saving apps? I like to get energy related ideas out into the tech community. The data set could be used as demo data to build an app or software.
Interested in working with UtilityAPI to pull an open set for your organization? Email info[at]utilityapi.com.
We worked with the City of Oakland to pull electricity data for city owned buildings. Enjoy!
City of Oakland Buildings Energy Billing History (via UtilityAPI w/ access token "hackathontoken")
Here's the list of all meters:
As an example, here's the bills from the 81st Ave Library:
Oakland California based UtilityAPI has received a $762,000 cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to scale the growth of their digital platform and expand their customer base. Used by solar, storage, and energy management companies, UtilityAPI’s platform automatically collects and synthesizes data from utility companies. Customers can then use this information to create more accurate proposals, finance projects, and support customers after installation. The data that UtilityAPI collects empowers companies to evaluate homes and buildings for solar and other new energy technologies.
UtilityAPI is creating a secure and standardized data infrastructure for the evolving energy economy by automating the process of authorizing, collecting, and standardizing data formats for easy analysis. UtilityAPI unlocks data from the utility and gets it in the hands of companies that can actually use it: solar, energy storage, building management, and energy analytics companies. Their service quickly provides the most accurate data for modern energy companies to provide customer proposals, finance projects, and support customers after installation. UtilityAPI data includes the information necessary to make smart energy decisions.
The growth of new energy technologies is limited because there is no developer-friendly interface for collection and standardization of customer data from utilities. UtilityAPI addresses this need by building a data-sharing infrastructure between utilities and new energy companies. Access to utility data means a larger sales funnel, a frictionless customer journey, and easy data verification for financing for solar, storage, and energy management companies.
“SunShot’s investment in UtilityAPI will help us meet the growing needs of the modern energy economy by expanding our service into new markets.” said Elena Lucas, UtilityAPI’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We are building a smart and nimble team that is rapidly scaling solutions to the data-oriented challenges faced by the energy industry as it evolves. We are excited to receive support from the Department of Energy and hope to reduce soft costs by making Bill amounts, TOU and tier breakdown, Demand charges, PDF bills, 15-min interval data, Tariff name,
available quickly and securely to new energy technology companies who need the data to asses a project and measure savings.
The company is rapidly gaining traction. Many of the industry’s leaders are now incorporating UtilityAPI’s technology. In addition to the SunShot Award, UtilityAPI has raised funds from Better Ventures, the Schmidt Family Foundation, and additional private investors. UtilityAPI has also received support from former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff.
About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.
UtilityAPI is creating a secure and standardized data infrastructure for the evolving energy economy by automating the process of authorizing, collecting, and cleaning individual datasets from utilities. UtilityAPI unlocks data from the utility and gets it in the hands of companies that can actually use it: solar, energy storage, building management, and energy analytics companies. Our service quickly provides the most accurate data for modern energy companies to provide customer proposals, finance projects, and support customers after installation. UtilityAPI data includes the information necessary to make smart energy decisions.
UtilityAPI was co-founded by Chief Executive Officer, Elena Lucas, and Chief Technology Officer, Daniel Roesler. Currently, the company has 11 employees and serves three leading states in renewable energy deployment; California, New York, and New Jersey.
All blog posts are to help UtilityAPI users connect with their customers and successfully collect their utility data.