The receiver features a one-way flex paging system that enables KCP&L to communicate with the thermostats and cycle air conditioners off for short intervals during periods of peak energy use. The ExpressStat thermostat is also Web-programmable, which enables customers to adjust temperature settings from remote locations.
This three-year voluntary program is expected to reduce peak use by 14 megawatts, enough electric capacity to cover the needs of more than 6,000 homes. The utility's long-term goal is to be able to control 45 peak megawatts. The program, a component of KCP&L's long-term plan to continue providing reliable, clean, and low-cost energy, will help the utility avoid service disruptions and meet demand without having to buy additional power or build more peaking power plants, according to KCP&L.
"Working with Honeywell is another example of forging energy partnerships with customers," said Bill Downey, president and CEO of KCP&L. "Customers will soon realize the tangible benefit of managing their usage with equipment and technology that is easy to use."
Publication date: 11/21/2005