DOE Global Energy Storage Database

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
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HQ-2019-00261-F

Est. Completion None
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Fix Required

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the data in the DOE Global Energy Storage Database, maintained by Sandia National Laboratory.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, AND Magazine, Unicorn Riot, and more. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and and the journalist non-profit, MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media.

Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Department of Energy

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,

Attached is acknowledgement of your recent FOIA request. Let me know if you have any questions.
Best,
Stephanie Ostrowski, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202)586-1355

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Ms. Best,

DOE has completed its search for your above referenced FOIA request. DOE has found 1 document responsive to your request. However, the document is publicly available. Would you be willing to accept the link to the document and close out your request? By doing this, you waive your rights to appeal the case. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Best,
Stephanie
Stephanie Ostrowski, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202)586-1355

From: Emma Best

Stephanie,

Thank you for reaching out. My issue is, I performed internet searches and came up with broken download links, often from working pages. If the document is the .csv file I've been seeking, then I'll gladly accept it. Otherwise, I fear it may not be what I'm looking for.

Emma

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Emma,

In order to fix the broken download links you are going to have to reach out to the email address snl_energy_storage@sandia.gov in order to have the problem fixed. Please let me know if this resolves your issues.

Thank you,
Stephanie

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Emma,

Just circling back to see if you were able to get access to the documents?
Thanks,
Stephanie

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Emma,

Circling back around to see if you were about to retrieve the documents to satisfy your request. If you have please let me know so we can close out the request.
Thanks,
Stephanie

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Emma,

I just wanted to send a final reminder regarding the above-captioned FOIA request that you submitted to the DOE. If we do not receive a response from you by Thursday, February 21, 2019, we will proceed with closing this request. If you are no longer interested in pursuing this request, please feel free to let me know.

This will be our last attempt to contact you regarding this matter. Thank you.
Best,
Stephanie Ostrowski, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202)586-1355

From: Emma Best

I haven't been able to reach the documents, and telling me to email a non-FOIA office for the materials does not satisfy my FOIA request.

From: Department of Energy

Hello Emma,

I am following up with you in regards to your request HQ-2019-00261-F. I have contacted the program office responsible for the website that was provided to you. Unfortunately, they do not have one big document capturing everything that is on the website, so you are going to have to go through each result and download them individually. They have given me instructions on how to access each document individually. To do so:

1. Go to the following link: https://www.energystorageexchange.org/

2. Click “Search Projects”

3. Under 1580 Database results, click on the name of the database you want to look at

4. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Export Data CSV/PDF.”

If you are still unable to access what you are looking for, please let me know and we can schedule a call to figure it out. If you are able to access the documents, and they are what you are looking for also let me know.

I appreciate the opportunity to assist you with this matter.
Best,
Stephanie Ostrowski

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