An Internet of “energy” things

Much as been written about the Internet of things, and everyone of these things consumes energy, even if it is only the energy to communicate via the Internet. To improve energy efficiency, we need everyone of these things to be able to report its energy usage dynamically and also to be remotely controlled.

If we had details of dynamic energy usage of all Internet things then energy managers would have the information they need to identify energy hogs and implement programs to reduce energy consumption. If we knew which things could be turned off during periods of peak usage, demand response systems could be more responsive.

National governments and standards organizations need to be working towards ensuring that all Internet connected things are also energy reporting and remote controllable  things. The additional information and control will greatly enhance the global drive towards energy efficiency and the consequent reductions in CO2 emissions.


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