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Save Energy. Save Money: ecobee API

ecobee, a company that provides intelligent energy management solutions, has released the public ecobee API that will make it possible for developers to create new applications that integrate with the functionality of ecobee's Smart Thermostats. The company prides itself on having developed energy solutions that are easy to understand, easy to manage, and ultimately reduce the impact on the environment and save money.

Cleanweb Portland to Host its First Hackathon

Cleanweb consists of "a grassroots movement committed to solving the world’s most profound issues related to resource constraints through the application of information technology." The Portland Cleanweb Community will host its first hackathon May 17th - 19th. Developers, designers, and other professionals with gather to solve local environmental issues with web, mobile, and social media technologies.

Reegle Tagging API Simplifies Search for Environmental Content

Reegle serves as a clean energy information portal. Founded on the belief that up to date, quality information on renewables, energy efficiency and climate change is fundamental to reformed energy policy and an accelerated clean energy marketplace; Reegle specifically targets governments, project developers, businesses, financiers, NGOs, and academia with its offering. The Reegle tagging API automates the tagging process to simplify discovery and organization.

Panoptix Increases Building Efficiency API Count to 10

Johnson Controls launched Panoptix last year to offer developers a  set of tools and APIs that encourage development in the building efficiency space. Developers took their first shot at the Panoptix suite of APIs at Hack-City SF. Panoptix continues to garner attention to its platform, and further enhanced the offering with four new APIs. Panoptix launched with building, space, and meter data APIs; now, the platform added AHU, VAV, and HVAC data.

Waste Less Waste: Earth911 Search API Makes Recycling Easy

In our efforts to save the planet, recycling is one of easiest ways for the average person to make a positive impact on the environment; and a lot of people would do it...if they knew how, where and what. Earth911 exists to make recycling as simple and convenient as possible by providing people with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country. The Earth911 Search API makes it possible for others to demonstrate their environmental awareness by providing access to this recycling information on their websites or mobile applications.

OpenADR API: We Got The Power

Brownouts got you fried? The Open Automated Demand Response API (OpenADR) aims to improve a critical aspect of handling the power load: improving Demand Response (DR) to electricity needs. Understanding demand, communicating demand and acting on it are all essential elements of effective DR. The SOAP/XML  API is all about helping grid managers use common standards to leverage the OpenADR specifications.

Spark Offers Light Bulb Control via API

Spark Devices just launched on Kickstarter and offers investors of $49 and above a free Spark Socket--the flagship product that connects standard light bulbs to the internet. Once a light bulb connects to the internet via the Spark Socket, consumers can control the light through an app (e.g. turn on and off, dim, monitor use, etc.). Additionally, Spark Devices has released Spark Devices API that allows developers to integrate light control into third party apps or websites.

Sell The Benefits Of Solar With Clean Power Estimator's API

Clean Power Estimator is an online interactive tool that gives users a quick, high-level preview of the benefits they can achieve by installing a PV or solar thermal system. Businesses in this field can use this tool to sell the benefits of solar power to their website visitors, encouraging them to make contact and learn more. The Clean Power Estimator API makes this possible as it is available to be integrated into third party software applications.

OnStar Unlocks RelayRides as First API Partner

In January, OnStar announced an API would allow third party developers to integrate their applications with OnStar's platform. Last week, General Motors announced its first partner for API integration: RelayRides. RelayRides is "[t]he world's largest peer to peer carsharing marketplace." The partnership with GM allows OnStar users to leave their keys in their cars when renting a car to a fellow RelayRider. The renter can then unlock the car with a smartphone app or by responding to a text message.

Electricity Platform Genability Gets $500K For Solar

Genability was founded in 2010 with a simple goal: "to empower consumers and producers to choose cleaner, cheaper power." To reach its goal, Genability created and utilizes tools to gain insight into electricity usage. Genability now looks to focus its tools specifically at solar energy after becoming a SunShot Awardee. The Department of Energy (DOE)'s SunShot Initiative "aims to drive solar to cost-competition with other energy sources by 2020." The $500,000 award allows Genability to develop the Genability API as well as  "Data tools to instantly and accurately calculate and optimize the savings of implementing solar PV."