Interesting analysis over at Earth2Tech blog about whether or not the onus should be on utility companies to provide near real-time pricing info to consumers via smart meters. Seems Google supports a proposal by the California Public Utilities Commission suggesting that the state should require real-time pricing information for anyone with smart meters by the end of 2010. But utilities in the state are saying: "Not so fast." Apparently, the disagreement is over whether the utilities should be providing just energy usage information versus pricing information. Providing usage information, not such a problem. Real-time pricing info? Apparently, not as easy as you would think, even though one of the things that utilities keep touting as a benefit to consumers is their ability to adjust their usage in response to rate differences throughout the course of a day. Definitely worth a read if you're following smart grid developments.