Sensus and HAI are partnering to deliver advanced Home Area Network (HAN) devices for
demand response, energy display, and comfort control to
the utility marketplace. Thousands of devices have already been distributed to
five utilities across the country.
An important component of this agreement is to provide
solutions for utilities so that they can access demand
relief when needed to reduce the need for new power plants.
HAIís Omnistat2 thermostat when paired with Sensusí FlexNet® creates a
HAN device that allows customers to adjust temperatures and air conditioning use based
on the cost of electricity, which is indicated on the thermostatís display.
Customers also have the option to override the settings for special events, and they can
see and adjust their thermostats when away from home on a secure site from any Internet computer.
And the HAI wireless Load Control Module (LCM) allows two-way control of
air conditioning units, pool pumps, water heaters and other loads based on cost of
energy and critical peak pricing events. An In-Home Display (IHD) shows the
current cost of electricity, time until the next rate period, information about power outages and expected
time of power restoral. It can receive and display messages from the utility, even
during an outage, allowing utilities to inform their customers of the estimated restoral
time and reduce call center traffic. The IHD can also transmit signals back to the utility,
and can be used in future pre-pay and remote disconnect/reconnect programs.