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Last Friday, we launched an early version of, a site that will become a central resource for developers, journalists, researchers, and citizens who are looking for energy data and resources, as well as examples of companies and organizations who are using energy data every day. Are you wondering what "open data" is? Would you like to learn more about why it matters for the energy industry? Then join us for our second Google+ hangout, where we'll discuss these questions and more.

Join us on Thursday, February 21, at 3:00 pm ET for a live discussion -- which will be streamed on Google+YouTube and -- on the impact of open data. 

Experts from the Energy Department, Google, and Honest Buildings will talk about how the Energy Department can encourage developers, businesses, journalists, and others to engage with government data on appliance efficiency, home energy use, energy production and consumption, and more. 

Our panelists include: 

•   Ian Kalin, Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Energy Department

•   Monisha Shah, Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change at the Council on Environmental Quality

•   Jess Hemerly, Google

•   Riggs Kubiak, Founder and CEO of

We will be taking your questions about open data in advance and during the Hangout. Submit your questions by emailing, posting in the comments on the Energy Department's Facebook page or Google+ event, or tweeting @ENERGY using #askEnergy. Be sure to tune in to talk data with us.