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An energy management and building automation system including a local area network or home automation data bus such as the CEBus. Each load to be controlled is connected to the bus via a control module. A control module may contain a relay or switch (hereafter referred to as a "breaker" or "circuit breaker") to disconnect the load from the mains upon command or upon occurrence of a power outage, or in either case. Current monitoring control modules determine whether connected loads are drawing current and power monitor modules monitor the power consumed by selected loads (from which energy consumption may be calculated). Both types of monitors may place on the bus messages to indicate load status or changes in load status. A first microcomputer preferably is placed externally to the customer premises, adjacent (or even within the housing of) the electric utility power meter. A second microcomputer preferably is placed inside the customer premises. The two microcomputers communicate with each other and with the various load control modules via the network/data bus.

Title
System for rate-related control of electrical loads
Application Number
369679
Publication Number
5696695
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
December 9, 1997
Inventor
Gary E Speegle
Decatur
GA, US
Robert D Howerton
Decatur
GA, US
Gregory A Ehlers
Tampa
FL, US
Agent
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks P C
Assignee
TeCom
FL, US
IPC
H02J 3/00
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