Friday, November 13, 2009

Microsoft Hohm: First Seattle City Light, Now Xcel Energy

Microsoft's Hohm home energy platform will soon be able to deliver monthly energy use data for all of Xcel Energy's 3.4 million customers across eight states, all without smart meters. The two companies plan to announce the news on Friday at an event at Microsoft's campus in Fargo, N.D., a Microsoft spokesperson said Thursday. As for how Hohm differs from the many websites that allow homeowners to input information about their homes and get back tips for energy saving, Microsoft points to the advanced algorithms it uses, which were developed by the Department of Energy and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. More>