Thursday, January 17, 2013

Paving a path to intelligent energy use

It's not resurrecting Powermeter, but Google is contributing to addressing the issues that made Powermeter struggle for acceptance.
Smart electricity sysems need a focus on open markets, open standards and a range of pricing options including real-time pricing

Paving a path to intelligent energy use - Google Green Blog:
The challenge is that the rules governing electricity distribution were written for last century’s grid. That’s why is giving a $2.65M grant to the Energy Foundation to support policy reforms that will lead to more intelligent energy use. The effort will focus on three fundamental areas:
  • Smarter electricity rates that encourage consumers to be more efficient, shift their electricity use to times when it’s cheaper and produce their own on-site energy; 
  • Access to electricity markets for consumers and other businesses so they can be compensated for cutting energy use at key times; and 
  • Open data policies that give customers access to their own energy data, which they can use or share with third parties they select, promoting better energy management tools and services.
Read the full article at Google Green Blog

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