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May 08, 2013

New Data Tool Illustrates Global-to-Community-Scale Energy Trends

The Energy Department, its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Planetary Skin Institute on May 2 released a new open tool to better visualize energy data and make this information more available and useful for state and local governments, private industry, and other energy researchers. The Free Energy Data platform (FRED) builds on the broader Energy Data Initiative, making energy usage and generation data more transparent, while accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.

Open energy data and analytics can play a pivotal role in developing cost-effective, long-term energy solutions that save money and help protect the environment. Based on data from the Energy Information Administration, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Solar Energy Industries Association, FRED offers a common format for diverse inputs and allows users to adjust their focus from global to city-level scales. See the Energy Department Progress Alert and the FRED website.