Demand Response

The eSmart Thermostat Program is a three-year pilot demand response program that encourages utility customers to reduce their electricity use during peak hours or under certain conditions by adjusting a smart thermostat remotely.  Peak electricity demand typically occurs on hot summer days when operating refrigerated air conditioning units. The program is fully subscribed with 3,000 devices and is currently closed.

 Demand Response - eSmart Thermostat Programs

How It Works

The eSmart Thermostat Program remotely communicates with the smart thermostat connected to the customer’s central refrigerated A/C unit(s) in an attempt to reduce electrical load during a demand response event.  During these events, EPE will send a signal to the customer’s smart thermostat to modify the temperature setting by a few degrees. Each demand response event can last a maximum of four (4) hours in duration. Customers can easily opt out of an event at any time, for any reason.

The applicable hours for demand response events are 2:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. MDT, non-holiday weekdays during a demand response season. The demand response season is a period commencing June 1 and continuing through September 30 of each calendar year, during which EPE may initiate demand response events.

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