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Drawing lessons from PowerMeter's demise

Companies in home energy management say Google's decision to retire PowerMeter reflects the difficulty of the residential energy efficiency business.

By June 27, 2011


Google euthanizes Google Health, unplugs PowerMeter

Google axes health records and home energy use-monitoring services, citing lagging adoption.

By June 24, 2011


Google PowerMeter tracks home electricity via Wi-Fi

Google signs on the makers of PowerCost Monitor to track electricity data either through a dedicated monitor or Google's PowerMeter Web application on PC or smartphone.

By December 19, 2010


Google adds home efficiency tips to PowerMeter

Google.org's home electricity monitoring Web app gets feature for organizing energy efficiency jobs, pitting PowerMeter in more direct competition with Microsoft's Hohm.

By August 31, 2010


Google eyes more home energy jobs for PowerMeter

The company plans to extend its home electricity monitoring application into managing home energy, including other utilities and potentially electric cars and appliances.

By June 25, 2010


Google PowerMeter comes to U.K. in monitor deal

Google signs on another energy monitor maker to connect to PowerMeter, which will let people in the U.K. view home energy data from Web-enabled devices.

By May 24, 2010


Google opens PowerMeter to energy monitors

Google publishes an API for PowerMeter to entice software developers and device makers to feed data to its Web-based energy-monitoring application.

By March 3, 2010


Google PowerMeter available to U.K. residents

First Utility, AlertMe, and British Gas offer options for monitoring home energy usage and testing out theories about personal consumption habits.

By October 28, 2009


Google PowerMeter energy tracker works without smart meter

Google connects its PowerMeter Web-based energy tool to a monitoring device, which means that consumers don't need to have smart meters for real-time energy tracking.

By October 6, 2009


Google dribbles out PowerMeter smart-grid service

Company partners with smart-meter manufacturer and eight utilities to offer its Web-based application for monitoring home energy use.

By May 20, 2009