You may have heard of the smart grid initiative being rolled out across our cities and run by big utility companies, but have you asked why this initiative only delivers what the utility companies want?
Why don't we ask what if...
- ...what if the smart grid was open, and allowed the community to build, participate, extend and operate it?
- ...what if the open smart grid used the internet to communicate?
- ...what if it had nice interfaces to exchange and share information?
- ...what if such a thing became the “twitter”of the the energy space?
For some time now Smart Energy Groups have been thinking, planning and recently flat-out working towards building something that could deliver tools and resources to help us become more energy aware and efficient.
So far the build is rocking along quite well - the pipeline includes a basic web app for energy monitoring and circuit switching, easy interfaces and an open source device - and the the whole shebam should be demonstrable very soon.
So apart from building something that would be kinda neat, it would allow communities to share information, benchmark how they are going, and work together to become more energy aware and efficient. This is something we really need to do, now more than ever before.
So - what if the community leads the way?
What do you think?