Hydro One Networks has appointed OZZ Energy Solutions Inc., a division of OZZ Corporation, to implement and support its 12-month residential load control pilot project. OZZ Energy Solutions will provide turnkey installation of the system in some 450 residential homes, which will allow the utility to shut off appliances that use a lot of energy when demand for power is at its peak.

The equipment is manufactured by Comverge Inc., and consists of a programmable software application that communicates to wireless load control switches over a commercial paging system. The system specifies which device should be switched off, and for how long.

In order to implement the project OZZ will install electronic meters which record energy usage data in 5-minute intervals to provide detailed information on usage patterns.