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Nest plans to enlist 50K California customers in conservation program

The program could alleviate potential energy shortages, especially after a major gas leak in Southern California last year restricted supplies.


The Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.


Nest, the Alphabet-owned maker of smart thermometers and smoke detectors, is looking to attract 50,000 California customers through next summer to sign up for a state-established energy conservation program, according to Bloomberg.

That many customers could contribute to freeing up as much power as a small natural gas plant produces, helping mitigate potential energy shortages. Such shortages have been a concern since a major gas leak last year in Southern California restricted supplies.

People would get a credit of $125 for participating in the program.