Toronto Hydro Pilots Residential Load Shifting for Those with Smart Meters

On July 2, 2008, Toronto Hydro Electric announced a residential load-shifting pilot program, called PowerShift, whereby the company will automatically cycle down air conditioners between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. when the temperature exceeds 81 degrees Fahrenheit. Customers will receive a credit of $10 per month for July, August, and September for participating. Toronto Hydro hopes that this pilot will lead to the development of appropriate load-management programs once time-of-use pricing comes into effect over the next 12 months.


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