Thursday, April 1, 2010

Join us this coming Tuesday to discuss innovation and home energy use

How many times have you been headed out of town for a long weekend when you got that sick feeling that you didn’t turn off the lights? Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn down your AC from the beltway? Or learn how much it costs to run that extra load in the washer when you get home?

Turns out this isn’t Jetsons’ talk. It’s right around the corner.

Join the President’s most senior White House energy official, Carol Browner, as well as corporate leaders and advocates this coming Tuesday to discuss how smart grid technology can get us there. The event co-hosted by Google DC and The Climate Group, will explore technologies and policies aimed at giving consumers the ability to better monitor and manage their energy use.

The potential for energy and cost savings are enormous - starting with data that says we can count on savings of 5-15% per household with little effort. What we're interested in, is putting our minds together to discuss how to help consumers get energy and cost savings, speed this future to market and how to encourage innovation.

Power in Numbers: Unleashing Innovation in Home Energy Use
Tuesday, April 6
1:00pm - 5:00pm - Event & Reception
Google Washington Office
1101 New York Ave. NW, Second Floor
Join us! RSVP here.


Nitz said...

Well thats not a very good April 1st joke.

DonOmite said...

Yeh. I was expecting something like "Google Power: Energy through the internet powered by all the searches that are done. Just think about how much energy is expended typing in those search terms and then scrolling down the list. What if we could capture that energy and transmit it to households via the internet?"
Now that would have been a good one. lol

Ed Dodds said... groups which may be of interest: Open Grid (others: Medical Banking, Open COMMs, Open Educational Resources, Open Healthcare, Open Journalism, Open Mobile, Project Net-Work, and Technology Nashville). Descriptions and invites at

lastreef said...

States that insist on "avoided costs" instead of net metering are making it almost impossible for residential utility customers to realize meaningful return on the investment in renewable resource electricity be it PV panels or wind turbines. How will we ever reduce dependence on coal/gas/oil fueled electricity w/o this incentive. Would utility companies invest in technology if they could never realize a return?

Patrick Agnew said...

I can't make it. Will Google post outcomes of this meeting?

C7sharp9 said...

It's not a question of net metering or avoided costs, but of competition. Until consumers are unshackled from the chains of monopoly utility regulation and can choose among innovative service providers, the transformative energy technologies that Google promotes will remain stymied.

joelg said...

Will you be streaming this live on the Internet?

Many people in industry would like to participate, but can't go to Washington.

Joel Greenberg

chris said...

This technology is a double-edged sword and Google must maneuver cautiously in this new environment. Sure, everyone wants to save money on their electric and gas bill, and decrease the affects of global warming. But not everyone wants to put control of their household energy consumption and associated information into the hands of corporate America. All the discussion heretofore has been about Big Brother - the government - getting too much information on people and dictating their lifestyles. Now it appears corporate America is poised to be able to retain and manage all of that information. How will Google secure this information and how sensitive will the company be to consumers' views on privacy. Eric Schmidt says Google must protect consumer privacy and data, but does Google have the ability to deliver on this promise. Can the company secure information from hackers who might access the information?