World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Google PowerMeter

Article Id: WHEBN0021490547
Reproduction Date:

Title: Google PowerMeter  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Home energy monitor, Hohm, Energy management software, First Utility, Nonintrusive load monitoring
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Google PowerMeter

Google Powermeter logo

Google PowerMeter was a software project of electricity usage.[1] The development of the software was part of an effort by Google to invest in renewable energy, electricity grid upgrades, and other measures that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It was launched on October 5, 2009 and ended on September 16, 2011.[2]

The software was designed to record the user's electricity usage in near real-time. According to the company, if half of America's homes' energy use was cut by ten percent, it would equal the average energy used by eight million cars.

It was hoped that this tool would raise the home-owner's awareness of how much energy they use and make users more energy efficient.[1] PowerMeter was intended for use with smart meters able to track electricity usage in more detail than standard electric meters. According to Google, in 2009 there were approximately 40 million smart meters in use worldwide.[1] By early 2009, approximately 7% of US homes had a smart meter installed.

Some other types of electricity meters and in-home energy use displays could also be used with PowerMeter.


In October 2009 Google PowerMeter announced their first "device partner", The Energy Detective (TED 5000), an energy monitor from Energy Inc then only available only in North America,[3] and their first UK partnership which was with AlertMe.[4][5][6]

In 2010 UK company Current Cost announced a collaboration with Google PowerMeter.[7] San Diego Gas and Electric's Sempra Energy company announced plans to install 1.4 million smart meters in San Diego County and Southern Orange County by the end of 2011[8] and said that after they sent out 100,000 post cards to let consumers know they could use the Google PowerMeter service, about 6% had started to use it.[9]

In June 2011 Google announced the service would cease.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Verne Kopytoff; Ryan Kim (2009-02-22). "Google plans meter to detail home energy use". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Google PowerMeter - Save Energy. Save Money. Make a Difference". 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  3. ^ Google PowerMeter's first device partner
  4. ^ Google turns its attention to saving the planet
  5. ^ Google PowerMeter announce first UK partnership with AlertMe
  6. ^ UK launch for Google PowerMeter via AlertMe
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Monitor Your Home Electricity Use With Google PowerMeter". SDGE. 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sempra Energy: Consumers are slowly embracing Google PowerMeter PowerMeter". GreenBeat. November 3, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 

External links

  • PowerMeter official site
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.