Friday, May 22, 2009
Google's home electricity usage software
Google is partnering with eight electricity distribution utilities across the world (including Reliance Energy in India) to use its PowerMeter software that will intearact with the "smart meters" (or automatic meter reading instrument) to provide (in their computer screens) real time information on electricity usage information for consumers. They in turn can optimize and minimize the use of their devices, according to the grid availability and the Time of Day (ToD) tariff rate for that period. PowerMeter, which is presently undergoing beta testing, has a graphix-rich, web-enabled interface for consumers to view their energy use profile.