Tuesday, 28 June 2011

What Google's exit means for energy management in the cloud

The results of some fairly high profile smart energy management projects (apparently successful) are due this week, but apparently Google didn’t have the patience to wait. The giant Internet services company has officially “retired” the PowerMeter service due to lack of consumer adoption.

That move — coupled with Microsoft’s decision earlier this year to shift gears on its strategy for Hohm — gets me wondering about all the other companies testing cloud-based energy management technologies — including the likes of Hewlett-Packard and IBM. My gut is that those development efforts will continue. That’s because those applications will be offered via the utility companies themselves, with which consumers already have relationships.

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