Interpreting Google’s Purchase of Nest

Were you surprised to hear of Google’s acquisition of Nest? Probably not; nor was I. Google has long been interested in energy monitoring technologies and the effect that access to energy information can have on individual consumption decisions. In 2009 they introduced Power Meter, which was an energy monitoring and visualization tool; I wrote about … More Interpreting Google’s Purchase of Nest

A Big Day for Google 2: Power Meter and Ted!

Lynne Kiesling Google is ringing both of my dominant bells today. Today they announced their first official device partner for the Power Meter — TED 5000 (TED = The Energy Detective). Power Meter + TED = ability for homeowners to monitor their own electricity consumption, regardless of whether they have a digital meter, retail product … More A Big Day for Google 2: Power Meter and Ted!

Cringely on Google’s Power Meter

Lynne Kiesling Bob Cringely’s take on Google’s Power Meter: it’s a strategic move toward them becoming an ISP: Google’s PowerMeter is a Trojan horse – a way to become a de facto Internet Service Provider for potentially millions of homes. Several years ago Google made a $100 million investment in a suburban Washington, DC company … More Cringely on Google’s Power Meter

Technology and Changing the Business Model in the Electricity Industry

Lynne Kiesling Germany’s utility Yellow Strom is a technology leader. They are leading in the introduction of digital technology in the interface between their wires network and the customer’s home; for example they are one of the first partners with Google to roll out Google’s Power Meter, and they are working on an application that … More Technology and Changing the Business Model in the Electricity Industry

Intelligent End-use Devices Make a Transactive Smart Grid Valuable (Part 3 of 5)

Lynne Kiesling Digital communication capabilities in the network, including in end-use devices, provides increasingly feature-rich, mobile, and customizable ways to create consumer awareness about electricity consumption, electricity expenditure, and the environmental impact of that consumption. It also provides ways to change electricity consumption, either manually or automatically, in the home or remotely. In yesterday’s post … More Intelligent End-use Devices Make a Transactive Smart Grid Valuable (Part 3 of 5)