04341345 is referenced by 124 patents and cites 9 patents.

A method and apparatus for the control of power consumption in individual space-conditioning loads fed by an electric power network utilizes a commandable, programmable temperature control device which gradually, substantially continually changes the control setpoint in response to an external signal to reduce power consumption such that temperature changes go relatively unnoticed by the occupants. A radio receiver or the like is utilized to receive a signal from the power utility company and, in response to the signal, the setpoint function of the thermostat associated with the load becomes an electronically simulated function in accordance with the invention and the user-control setpoint is removed from the control loop. The effective load shedding is also greatly enhanced by the provision of an integral reset function in addition to the conventional proportional control within the temperature control system. The use of a plurality of such systems enables the power utility to control electric power network peak load with a minimum impact on the comfort of individuals in the conditioned spaces.

Title
Method and apparatus for power load shedding
Application Number
6/122787
Publication Number
4341345
Application Date
February 19, 1980
Publication Date
July 27, 1982
Inventor
Stephen J Wesoloski
Eagan
MN, US
David C Ullestad
St. Louis Park
MN, US
Jeffrey M Hammer
New Brighton
MN, US
Agent
Charles G Mersereau
Assignee
Honeywell
MN, US
IPC
F25B 29/00
H02J 1/00
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