If you can monitor your electricity use, so can the government. Guess what the next step is.
Nine utility companies and power suppliers have committed to provide customers with their real-time electricity usage data in what the White House called a first step toward popularizing energy conservation using smartphone and Web applications.
The 15 million households served by the power companies can choose to download secured data on their inter-day electricity use by clicking an online “green button” on home computers or phones. Then customers could share the data with technology developers that are being asked to devise applications, or apps, that analyze households’ energy consumption patterns and electricity bills.
Other utilities in California, Texas and the District of Columbia, serving 12 million households, had previously signed up for the program…