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Vermont Utility Orders Load Control Products from Nighthawk

Nighthawk Systems, Inc. has received an additional order from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) for 300 remote control devices to be used in its ongoing load control program. The Nighthawk controls will be installed at customer premises and will allow CVPS to control residential, 30-A loads, primarily water heaters. CVPS has been ordering Nighthawk products since 2002, and this past October ordered similar units to remotely control loads of up to 200 A at commercial sites that use large amounts of electricity.

In thousands of residences in the Northeast, the electrical circuit for hot water heaters is directed through a separate utility meter co-located with the main house meter. Antiquated systems using pre-set time clocks installed on the water heater have been used for decades to control loads during peak hours. Working with CVPS, Nighthawk designed the intelligent CEO30 wireless remote disconnect that is installed quickly and easily at the external meter, eliminating any premise wiring. In contrast to cumbersome pre-set time clocks, the CEO30 allows a utility to control loads on demand at the appropriate times.

H. Douglas Saathoff, Nighthawk's chief executive officer, stated, "We are very pleased with this follow-on order from CVPS. Our meter-based disconnect design is the perfect solution for a number of Northeast utilities that use dual metering for electric loads. Working with CVPS and utilizing our proprietary Nighthawk control board, we have been able to adapt our popular CEO700 whole house disconnect solution to meet their unique, ongoing load control needs."

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