Google to retire PowerMeter


Bill Weihl,
Google Green
Energy Czar
Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 27, 2011 – Google is to “retire” its PowerMeter web-based energy monitoring tool from September 16, the company has announced.

In a blog posted by Google green energy czar Bill Weihl, he writes that the PowerMeter was first launched as a project to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to data surrounding their energy usage. However, while there’s been more attention brought to this issue since the launch, which was in February 2009, the company’s efforts have not scaled as quickly as it would have liked.

Weihl advises that users will continue to have access to the PowerMeter until September 16, 2011, after which time they will no longer be able to access their account. Further, no new users are now being accepted.

Users are also encouraged to download their historical data and to continue to access energy saving options via the PowerMeter device and utility partners, which include Alert Me, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Blueline Innovations, Energy Hub, first:utility, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, San Diego Gas & Electric, TED, WattsUp, Wattvision, and Wisconsin Public Service.