Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, is offering a new way to provide home energy-saving tips through its PowerMeter, a web tool that lets you monitor your home's energy use from anywhere you can access the Internet.
Microsoft is boldly stepping up their smart grid game. Yesterday the company announced a second product for utilities nationwide, the Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA). As utilities gain stimulus funds for smart grid demonstration projects, technologies that aid in integrating data with utility protocol are in high demand. The ultimate goal is to achieve an “integrated utility” in which data can flow seamlessly from end-user to producer and vice versa, thereby optimizing the energy ecosystem.