Control4 powers into home energy with grid deals

In deals with Silver Spring Networks and utility AEP, home automation company Control4 moves deeper into home energy management and the smart grid.

Control4 spread further into energy on Wednesday, announcing deals with Silver Spring Networks and utility AEP around its home energy management system.

The home automation company said that Silver Spring Networks, which provides a networking card for smart meters and business software for utilities, will resell Control4's products. Through its deal with Control4, Silver Spring Networks said it can now offer potential utility customers a consumer-facing energy dashboard and home networking system.

The energy dashboard for Control4's home energy management system.
The energy dashboard for Control4's home energy management system. Martin LaMonica/CNET

With the Control4 Energy Management System 100 , consumers can get up-to-the-minute information on electricity usage and program wireless thermostats and other connected devices.

Silver Spring said it will integrate Control4's system with its demand-response programs, where a utility offers a consumer a financial incentive to turn down power during peak times. In a statement, Silver Spring Networks said it chose Control4 because its energy management system is easy to use for consumers and integrates with utilities' back-end software.

In a deal with utility American Eletric Power (AEP) in Ohio, Control4 was chosen for use in a smart-grid trial. One thousand people will have the dashboard and thermostats installed for monitoring electricity usage and automated demand response, according to Control4.

Control4 is one of the companies in the home automation, most often used for high-end entertainment systems, that is getting into home energy management . To complement smart meters, some utilities are giving home energy dashboards to consumer as a tool to conserve energy overall and cut down on energy during peak times.

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