Well thats not a very good April 1st joke.
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
LinkedIn.com 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 http://bit.ly/linkedin_invites
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?
I can't make it. Will Google post outcomes of this meeting?
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.
Will you be streaming this live on the Internet?Many people in industry would like to participate, but can't go to Washington. Joel GreenbergTech2Energy.com
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?
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