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OhmConnect nets Nest in smart home demand-response expansion

Having signed up Centrica’s Hive in March, OhmConnect has now become a ‘Works with Nest’ partner, snaring Google’s smart home wing in its bid to become the premier demand-response platform. The startup is hoping Nest gives it access to many more homes, which it can then aggregate as an incentivized grid response asset. The gist of the offering is that OhmConnect provides a free platform that lets a home sign up, which pays out cash to homes when they let a utility control the home’s energy usage. That remote control trend is called demand-response (DR), or sometimes demand-side-response, and the utilities are very interested in DR because of its potential to save them a lot of cash in procurement costs.…

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