Wednesday, July 17, 2019
KCP&L has given free smart thermostats to many Kansas City customers in exchange for the ability to limit their air conditioning use during peak electrical events. This summer has been mild so far, but two-hour events are scheduled three times this week due to the heat wave we are experiencing. Since many A.B. May customers are part of this program, we are sharing the following information from KCP&L.
Both residential and commercial KCP&L customers that have opted-in to help control the electrical load will experience thermostat events on July 17, 18, and 19th. Temperatures are expected to approach 110 degrees heat index and increase the strain on KCP&L’s electrical grid.
KCP&L will be calling customers affected to make them aware of these events.
The below territories with dates/times are all subject to change, and we will let you know if they do. However, this is the plan at this point and time:
· Westar – Wednesday, July 17th 4-6 PM & Thursday, July 18th 4-6 PM
· KCP&L – Thursday, July 18th 4-6 PM & Friday July 19th 4-6 PM (KCPL-MO, GMO, and KCPL-KS)
If you experience a “thermostat issue” during these times, please call KCP&L’s hotline (866-882-4429) first, to prevent any unnecessary service calls.
Click here to see a list of the thermostats and what happens when they are curtailed.
Honeywell thermostats will display “Savings” and Nest will display an orange gear to let customers know they are in a demand response event. Those that have Wi-Fi enabled thermostats and their associated applications will also receive an in-app and/or push notification on their smart phones or tablets at least 2 hours before the event start time.