It’s a bit sad that Google is shutting down this Powermeter service of theirs on September 16th 2011… they didn’t mention why exactly but alluded that not too many people were using the system… here’s an excerpt of an email I got from them this week:
“We first launched Google PowerMeter as a Google.org project to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to their energy information. Since our launch, there’s been more attention brought to this issue, and we’re excited that PowerMeter has helped demonstrate the importance of access to energy data. However, our efforts have not scaled as quickly as we would have liked, so we have decided to retire PowerMeter.”
I’m really not sure why they are stopping this great service.. it has definitely increased the awareness level of electricity usage in the home.. at least for me.
I’m pretty sure there are other services that are similar to the Google Powermeter or I hope some new ones may just crop up to take its place.
I’ll have to find one that works with my Envi CurrentCost meter though. (There are standalone, non-Internet based software that keeps track of energy or electricity usage but the Powermeter was great in that you could check your usage anytime, anywhere via their Internet page).
Farewell Powermeter.. you served us well!