To help stabilize the electrical grid in their area, some customers of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have agreed to give up control over their air conditioners. PG&E, through its SmartAC program, installs a radio-activated switch on the customers’ thermostats, and that device adjusts air-conditioner use at times of peak demand for electricity. This past summer, the program helped avert three potential brownout or blackout events. To attract volunteers, the utility offers a small monetary...
Want more? Sorry, the full text of this article is only available to subscribers. Subscribe now.
Already a subscriber? Please log in by entering your email address and password into the red login box at the top-right corner of this page.
Need to register for your premium online access, which is included with your paid subscription? Register here.