Well, it's already happening here ... on a voluntary basis in the summer.
Here's one paragraph from Rocky Mountain Power's [Cool Keeper info page]:
Sign up for Cool Keeper and a device will be connected to your central air conditioning unit. On selected summer days when energy demand soars, the Cool Keeper device receives a wireless signal. This signal tells the device to turn your central air conditioning unit off and on, lessening the strain on the power system.They sure try to make it sound good, but I dunno:
- No charge for installation (or removal, if it comes to that)
- $20 credit each summer
- Only applies June through August, never on holidays or weekends
- A/C is typically turned off for a few minutes per half hour, 2-8pm, selected weekdays
- "Cool Keeper activation will have little or no impact on your comfort. Some customers report the change in temperature is only 1 to 3° F."