GE launches home energy-management unit

For the past few years, General Electric Co. has invested heavily in creating lines of "smart" appliances and related products that allow consumers to increase energy efficiency in their homes by letting their appliances communicate with a new generation of smart electrical grids.

Now, the company’s Louisville-based GE Appliances & Lighting unit is creating a Home Energy Management Business that will push to further develop and commercialize energy-management products the company expects will be in high demand.

GE Appliances has named Dave McCalpin as general manager of its Home Energy Management Business.

The unit will be based in Louisville and include about 35 to 40 employees working in management, information technology, marketing and other areas focused on development and sales of in-home appliances that lower energy consumption, McCalpin said.

Among the products already developed and being sold by GE Appliances are a line of hybrid water heaters that will be made in Louisville starting next year. The appliances are designed to communicate with smart grids and reduce consumption during periods of peak usage.

The company also is developing refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, and washers and dryers that communicate with smart grids and reduce consumption during periods of peak usage. Most are being tested and used in pilot programs across the country.

Read the full story in Business First of Louisville.

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