Google PowerMeter: A Google.org Project
We launched Google PowerMeter as a free energy monitoring tool to raise awareness about the
importance of giving people access to their energy information. PowerMeter included key
features like visualizations of your energy usage, the ability share information with
others, and personalized recommendations to save energy. We partnered with device
manufacturers and utilities around the world. Many of our partners now have new options
available for accessing energy information.
We are pleased that PowerMeter helped demonstrate the importance of access to energy information, and created a model for others. We retired the service on September 16, 2011.
We continue to see encouraging results about the importance of access to energy data. A
recent study by CenterPoint Energy Inc. and the Department of Energy found that 71% of
customers reported changing their energy consumption as a result of accessing energy data
through in-home displays. And preliminary results from a
pilot program between IBM and the City of Dubuque, Iowa, indicate strong engagement by
residents and energy savings of up to 11%.
Momentum is building toward making energy information more readily accessible, and it’s exciting to see others drive innovation and pursue opportunities in this important new market. The installation of smart meters and other home energy devices has picked up steam, and states like California and Texas are moving forward with policies and programs in this area.
We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with PowerMeter and look forward to what will develop next in this space.