Google PowerMeter to expand coverage, including Australasia


Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. and Aldershot, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — May 26, 2010 – Through a partnership with home energy device manufacturer Current Cost, Google’s PowerMeter could become available to more than a million new users, including users in Australia and New Zealand.

Aldershot, U.K.-based Current Cost, claimed to be the largest global supplier of real time energy monitoring displays, with more than one million sold, will now offer devices that are compatible with Google PowerMeter. The company will also offer upgrades to existing customers so they can use the PowerMeter.

Initially these devices will be available in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

To date the PowerMeter has been available only to customers of partner utilities in the U.S., U.K., Germany and India, and to users of certain in-home devices in the U.S. and U.K.

In a blog partnership development manager Scott Coleman also wrote that U.K. utility E.ON has teamed up with Current Cost to offer its customers a Google PowerMeter compatible energy monitor as part of its free Energy Fit Starter Pack, which  contains energy saving tips and tools for customers.

According to Coleman, Current Cost estimates that its customers have already saved close to 400,000 tons of CO2 through monitoring their electricity use, while one Australian restaurant recently learned that something as easy as turning off their coffee pots each night would save them $3,000 dollars per year.