Calif. Backs Off Plan to Run Home Thermostats

Excerpt: The state of California has halted, at least for now, a plan that would have allowed utilities to control the thermostats inside residents' homes remotely, instead making plans to work on a "voluntary" program. The plan as outlined just days ago would have targeted rolling blackouts and freed up electric and natural gas resources by requiring every new heating or cooling system to include a "non-removable" FM receiver, under the threat of withholding building permits for nonparticipation.

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