Jason Barton

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Battle for the Home Front

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March 22, 2010

Lisa Cohn

With consumer demand for home energy monitoring devices anticipated to grow — and regulators expected to require utilities to provide consumers with access to the devices and the data needed to make them useful — the race is on to see which providers place their products in consumers’ homes.

In that race, some providers are joining with utilities to obtain consumers’ energy usage data.

Giants Microsoft and Google are clearly in the lead. Microsoft has formed partnerships with four utilities and Google has inked agreements with 10 utilities in four countries. Under the partnerships, the utilities offer Microsoft and Google products for free to their customers.

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Reacting to studies that say that access to energy usage data helps consumers reduce their energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent, regulators are beginning to require utilities to share the data.

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March 22nd, 2010 at 7:49 pm