Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 15, 2008 – The California Energy Commission has responded to customer complaints about the installation of smart thermostats in buildings by agreeing that customers may block utility signals. The thermostats allow utilities to send a signal that limits the use of air conditioners at times of peak energy demand, and some customers have suggested that their introduction constitutes excessive interference on the part of government. The Commission has therefore agreed that customers should be given the option of blocking remote control of their thermostats.
These complaints are not necessarily widespread throughout the state, however. California has a proud record of energy conservation – it uses less electricity per person than any other state in the nation – and several utilities have successfully introduced demand response programs that customers can implement on a voluntary basis.