Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sergey and Larry To the Rescue!

This was just a matter of time... With all of the recent press about the cost and viability of building a new Smart Grid, you just knew that this was a challenge too tempting for the Google guys to stay away.

The New York Times and others are reporting that Google is expected to announce today that it is getting in the Smart Grid game, rolling out technology to support actual grid infrastructure to be developed by someone else.

According to the Times:

"Google is one of a number of companies devising ways to control the demand for electric power as an alternative to building more power plants. The company has developed a free Web service called PowerMeter that consumers can use to track energy use in their house or business as it is consumed.

Google is counting on others to build devices to feed data into PowerMeter technology. While it hopes to begin introducing the service in the next few months, it has not yet lined up hardware manufacturers. "