“For a hint on where Google might go next, one could look at demand response software, which gives utilities the ability to remotely control home appliances with a consumer’s consent and ability to override.” Wonder how long that will last – this is obviously just the thin edge of the wedge. Look at this technology’s potential to enable taxation for some carbon credit scheme, and it becomes clear that it has the potential to be extremely intrusive.
Martin LaMonica, CNET News
Februaru 19, 2009
Google now wants to organize your home’s energy information.
The search giant on Tuesday muscled into the burgeoning smart-grid software business, showing off a prototype Web application that displays home energy consumption broken down by appliance. The software uses so-called smart meters, which can communicate home energy consumption back to utilities every few minutes.
The driving idea behind the Google PowerMeter iGoogle gadget–and nearly all smart-grid companies–is that giving consumers access to more detailed home energy data will lead to lower usage. There are dozens of smart-grid trial programs now going on, offered through utilities.
Engineer Russ Mirov, one of the Google employees testing the software, was able to reduce his electricity use 64 percent over the past year, saving $3,000, by replacing inefficient refrigerators and running his pool pump at scheduled intervals.