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Programmable Communication Thermostats
PCTs are thermostats that communicate price or electric system reliability signals from the utilities to the consumers, and can be programmed by the customer to automatically reduce energy consumption through thermostat set-point adjustments. PCTs encourage interoperablity by having expansion ports that will allow utilities and other service providers to add communication modules and establish links to other devices .
PCTs usually come with most of the following features:
PCTs are useful in integrating the customer's support for pricing, efficiency, and demand response programs into a single interoperable and expandable device. Also, PCTs are envisioned to support dynamic pricing, incentive programs and system reliability. For example, the Tantalus PCTs also serve as a Home Area Network(HAN) gateway via TUNet or ZigBee. The device also has incorporated advanced applications such as messaging which enables a utility to communicate directly with its customers and provide easy access to household billing and consumption history .
 EnergyPulse Article. URL: http://www.energypulse.net/centers/article/article_display.cfm?a_id=1622
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