Venture Beat is reporting that Google PowerMeter, a gadget that helps show how much electricity people use on their home computers has found some partners with smart metering utilities and one of the 8 partners is Toronto’s Hydro-Electric Systems.
The company is also on the lookout for partners that can help facilitate the use of PowerMeter. For example, it has reached an agreement with meter management company Itron to help utilities enable their customers (both residential and commercial) to view their usage on personalized iGoogle homepages. (Google won’t store any personalized information.) The PowerMeter gadget will also be branded and act as a portal to each utility’s website.
The adoption of the gadget is immediate and only available to select customers. A wider release is scheduled for 2009.
Ranging in size and geography, the other partners include San Diego Gas & Electric, Florida utility JEA, India-based Reliance Energy, the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, the White River Valley Electric Cooperative in Missouri, TXU Energy in Texas and Glasgow EPB based in Kentucky.