Get Smart: Honeywell, So Cal Edison Team Up to Curb Electricity Demand

By Keith Johnson in the Wall Street Journal, November 17 2009

Honeywell landed today an $11 million grant from the Energy Department to install smart-grid technology in California. The size of the grant belies its potential importance in helping California—and eventually the country—use energy more wisely.

In short, Honeywell will install gear that helps big industrial and commercial users of Southern California Edison automatically downshift their electricity consumption the few days a year when California uses “critical peak pricing.” The state has been toying with peak pricing regimes for years, but has largely left electricity users to respond manually.

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