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OhmConnect, California Utilities Want to Save Enough Power to End Rolling Blackouts

June 15, 2021
OhmConnect said its networked energy devices saved 1 GWh of electricity in August 2020 during the height of the heat waves

Software company OhmConnect, which uses smart thermostats and demand response to save on residential energy use, said it wants to end California’s public service power shutoffs by putting 1 million free smart thermostats in homes.

In what it is calling its EndCABlackouts program, OhmConnect will pair its product giveaway with a marketing campaign featuring billboards, commercials and celebrity endorsements intended to explain how this approach can save money and end blackouts in California.

OhmConnect said its networked energy devices saved 1 GWh of electricity in August 2020 during the height of the heat waves, which is the equivalent of taking 600,000 average homes off the grid.

With 1 million smart thermostats connected, OhmConnect said in a release, residents will be able to save four times more energy to help prevent blackouts during what experts say will be the hottest summer on record.

California households using Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric can join OhmConnect and participate in EndCABlackouts to receive either a free smart thermostat or two free smart plugs and $25. A smart thermostat or other device is not required to participate.

OhmConnect recently announced a partnership with tech giant Google to incentivize energy efficiency with Google Nest smart thermostats.

OhmConnect is a free service provided to residential customers of Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric. OhmConnect pays customers to conserve power during times of peak demand; sells the collective energy savings back to the grid; and then passes their earnings onto their users in the form of cash and prizes.

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