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Sensus has expanded its demand response (DR) portfolio with the launch of a load control module (LCM) for use in residential and commercial applications.

According to the company, Sensus FlexNet LCM enables electric utilities to shed load by controlling power to energy-intensive appliances, without the need for a ZigBee-enabled meter. Load shedding typically involves HVACs, pool pumps, water heaters and irrigation pumps, the company notes.

The DR application allows utilities to create, monitor, schedule and manage load shedding programs and events using the Sensus FlexNet multi-application, wireless communications system, which is based on open standards, interoperability and FCC licensed spectrum. The FlexNet system also enables utilities to gather data that confirms which devices are participating in the load shedding event and to know if the device is or has been tampered with.

“Knowing who participated in an event is critical to governance of a utility’s demand response effort,” says Matt Ferguson, Sensus marketing director. “With some utilities, being able to prove their customers could not bypass the LCM controls is essential to the success of the program.”

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