January 9, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced the results of a year-long effort to put the power grid in the hands of consumers through service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology.


The project involved two separate studies to test demand-response concepts and technologies. Volunteers were able to set how much money they wanted to spend per month on energy. Using smart devices installed in their thermostats, dryers and hot water heaters, the homeowners were able to see how much money they were spending, in five minute increments, and they were alerted when usage should be modified based on their pre-set spending limits.


Homeowners who participated in the project received new electric meters, as well as thermostats, water heaters and dryers connected through a SOA developed using IBM software from WebSphere and T.J. Watson Research Laboratory.

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