Google names first PowerMeter partners


Ed Lu, Program
Manager Advanced
Projects, Google
Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 21, 2009 – Google has announced its first utility partners that will pilot the company’s PowerMeter that can show consumers their individual electricity consumption on a personal web page.

The utilities are San Diego Gas & Electric in California, TXU Energy in Texas, JEA in Florida, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation in Wisconsin, White River Valley Electric Cooperative in Missouri, Glasgow EPB in Kentucky, Toronto Hydro–Electric System Limited in Canada, and Reliance Energy in India.

Writing in a Google blog, the company’s program manager, advanced projects Ed Lu, writes that the initial partners include utilities with millions of customers as well as smaller ones, and they are rural and urban, privately held and municipally run.

“They all have one thing in common – a desire to serve their customers by providing access to detailed information that helps save energy and money,” writes Lu, adding that the aim is to expand the rollout later in the year.

In addition to the utilities, Google has also announced its first company partnership with Itron, as a company that can enable the implementation of the PowerMeter software.

The PowerMeter is a “Google gadget” that receives data from utility smart meters and energy management devices and presents customers with graphical and other information on their electricity consumption on a personal iGoogle homepage.