Background: Controlling electricity utilization on utility grids is a major opportunity for reducing energy usage across large regions. This control is especially valuable when used to minimize peak energy demand. Air conditioning cooling systems in residential retail and commercial facilities are a large source of peak energy usage and therefore intelligently monitoring and controlling these AC systems would enable utilities and their customers to better manage energy demand during peak energy periods. Technology Description: To address this opportunity researchers at UC Berkeley have developed software that enables AC thermostats to be intelligently managed by utilities and customers. This software allows thermostats to be controlled over a network and programmed to operate based the amount of energy demanded from the utility grid. Applications: Intelligent thermostats that enable air conditioning systems to be intelligently monitored and controlled especially during periods of peak energy demand.
1) Low cost implementation 2) Programmable 3) Networkable