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And the winners are...

We're thrilled to announce the first round of winners for the first-ever Apps for Energy competition.

The winning apps were announced today by Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability Patricia Hoffman at ConnectivityWeek, a gathering of smart grid industry leaders in Santa Clara, California. A diverse panel drawn from government and the energy and tech communities evaluated the apps.

BEST OVERALL APP GRAND PRIZE: LEAFULLY

Location: Seattle, Washington

This app is the brainchild of Seattle-based team, Timothy Edgar and Nathan Jhaveri who describe themselves as “two developers with an idea.” Their app submission, Leafully, helps utility customers visualize their Green Button data as a variety of units, such as the amount of trees needed to offset an individual’s energy usage. Leafully encourages users to set energy savings goals and to share their progress on Facebook.

BEST OVERALL APP SECOND PRIZE: MELON 

Location: Washington, DC

DC-based startup Melon describes itself as the first company to utilize Green Button data to simplify the process of obtaining an ENERGY STAR benchmark for commercial buildings. The app uses Green Button to evaluate the energy performance of commercial buildings.

BEST OVERALL APP THIRD PRIZE:  VELOBILL

Location: New York, NY

Cleantech software and services company Zerofootprint’s VELObill app helps makes it easier for utility customers to view their energy usage, measure whether it is high or low, and compare it to that of their peers. With this information in hand, users can create an energy saving action plan tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

BEST STUDENT APP GRAND PRIZE: WOTZ

Location: Irvine, CA

The wotz app, submitted by a team from the University of California, Irvine, lets users explore and play with Green Button data. The app provides several games based on the "shape" of your data, and provides creative comparisons to illustrate your usage, like how many cheeseburgers worth of energy you used last Tuesday from 5-6 pm.

BEST STUDENT APP SECOND PRIZE: BUDGET IT YOURSELF  

Location: Cleveland, OH

The Budget it Yourself app is a collaborative project from a team of students at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. The app helps users track their energy usage and make energy-savings goals.

The Popular Choice and Demand Shifting Awards will also be announced after the conclusion of a public voting period at 8 p.m. EDT on May 31.

Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to everyone who submitted an app and helped make Apps for Energy a success!