How utilities are putting ‘smart’ thermostats to work

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News

Imagine a hot day. So hot the New England power grid can’t keep up with electricity demand. In a control room somewhere, a worker presses a few buttons that send a signal to thousands of wi-fi enabled thermostats to reduce air conditioning and allow the heat to rise a few degrees.

Before you raise concerns about Big Brother, I should note that this would be voluntary and participants would be compensated.

This is the idea, in a very early stage, being discussed by Eversource, New England’s largest energy provider, through its subsidiary Public Service of New Hampshire. I read about it in the Concord Monitor. (The proposal is still being finalized, so I don’t have any specifics to link to.)

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