> The agreement states that in exchange for an entry into sweepstakes, electric customers allow them to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.

I wonder if there had been the inverse situation, too much energy in the grid, and this was a stabilizing measure. Though many power plants can scale up and down fairly quickly. Such a stabilizing measure should not be necessary for longer than a few minutes, i reckon. Also a stupid way to do it.

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