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Google will start field testing its PowerMeter software with over 10 million customers of eight large utility partners in three countries. Google on Wednesday announced it's lining up energy companies so it can enlist the utilities' customers to start using the home energy consumption software. PowerMeter helps consumers monitor their energy use through data supplied by so-called smart meters deployed by utility companies. Google first announced in February its intention to give users detailed access to their energy consumption information.
The best news is not that this is happening but that is happening SO FAST--not long after the initiative was announced. 10 million people is not chicken feed.
Imagine also the data the parties will get. This, of course, raises the question of just what controls there will be on Google and the use of those data.
James C. Roberts III