Google gives $2.65mn to support policy on more intelligent energy use


Michael Terrell 
Mountain View, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) —

Google has given a $2.65 million grant through its philanthropic arm to the Energy Foundation “to support policy reforms that will lead to more intelligent energy use,” the company’s senior policy counsel, Energy & Sustainability, Michael Terrell, announced in a recent blog post.

Setting the background Terrell wrote that we’ve seen big changes in recent years to the way we watch TV, use phones, read and listen to music, yet how we use electricity hasn’t changed much in decades. While technology like smart meters and programmable thermostats can enable us to use energy more efficiently and save money, the challenge is that the rules governing electricity distribution were written for last century’s grid.

The effort will focus on three 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

● 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.

“These policy reforms, coupled with the new technologies now being deployed on a large scale, can empower consumers to make smarter energy choices, improve real time management of the electricity grid, and help facilitate more renewable energy all while lowering overall costs,” continued Terrell. He concluded: “We hope this grant will help catalyze change and look forward to seeing progress in the years to come.”