• The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new “Apps for Energy” competition in partnership with PG&E, Itron, and Gridwise Alliance. The competition challenges application developers to use the Green Button data access program to make residential and commercial utility data more accessible and useful to the consumer. As part of DOE’s smart grid initiative, the Green Button program seeks to make energy usage data available in a streamlined and easy-to-understand format. The developers who submit the best apps will win part of a $100,000 cash prize, and submissions are due May 15, 2012 by 8:00 pm EST. Winners will be announced May 22, 2012. The official rules and deadlines are available here. More information regarding the Green Button initiative is available here.