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Google going for smart meter

Google, the online search engine that aspires to be the world's information clearinghouse, wants to help you manage your household energy use.

The company is now beating many power companies in smart grid development by offering a Google application that lets homeowners monitor daily energy use. Some electric utilities are responding to consumer demand and are cooperating with Google to offer the service, but many are reluctant to let the online search giant provide a service the utilities aren't capable of offering themselves.

Harry Wingo, Google's policy counsel, outlined the company's energy strategy in Raleigh this morning as the keynote speaker at an energy conference sponsored by the N.C. Energy Office. He spoke to some 800 people at N.C. State University's McKimmon Conference and Training Center at the meeting that runs through tomorrow and is titled "Sustainability: Moving Beyond the Federal Stimulus."

"Our mission is to organize the world's information," Wingo said, "and make it universally accessible and useful."

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