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Energy information for all

18 December 2009
Energy information for all

By Molly Webb, Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group.

I only had to wait 2.5 hours in the freezing cold in Copenhagen to be admitted to the Bella Centre. We needed to be there to make an announcement with GE, Google and NRDC, calling for governments to provide real time energy information for homes. Watch the webcast.

Right now we've got anecdotes and stories about people who are surprised about what's going on in their own home when they are given the tools to see their energy consumption. But we need this to be pervasive. We need companies to provide us with services that make energy visible and let us control the impact we have in our homes, offices and beyond. 

The market for energy efficiency can be spurred if:

  • Governments provide real-time energy information for all
  • Industry develops a global set of smart grid standards for open communications and interoperability
  • Government sets policies for 40% energy efficiency in all sectors
  • Public private partnerships are formed to develop pilot projects for market transformation in urban areas

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