Sense, Predict, Act

U.S. Department of Energy

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), an office of the U.S. Department of Energy, invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. By partnering with industry, state and local governments, universities, and manufacturers, EERE plays a critical role in improving energy efficiency practices and increasing their adoption by American consumers, industry, and governments. To learn more about DOE, visit their website.

The Free Energy Data platform (FRED) was developed under a contract to the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and builds on the federal Open Data Initiative to make energy data more transparent and adaptable for implementing clean energy technologies.

DOE has been instrumental in sponsoring, conceptualizing and hosting FRED, including:

  • Helping conceive FRED as a platform and exchange to promote transparent, open access to complex data in simple, easy-to-understand manner for the energy planning community
  • Co-funding the development of FRED
  • Introducing and integrating Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory into the FRED development team
  • Providing access to information engineers and data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency
  • Harnessing OpenEI, DOE’s pioneering open energy data and analytics exchange, as the ideal platform to host FRED for public access
  • Communicating FRED to DOE’s network of energy planners and strategists across the public sector