A state bill that would ban mandatory utility control of home thermostats has been given a new hearing date of April 15.

State Sen. Tom, McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, who introduced the legislation, asked for the delay in the hearing by a state Senate hearing.

The bill forbids the agency in charge of building standards, the California Building Standards Commission, from mandating thermostats that are remote-controlled by anyone other than a home's residents.

The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the John L. Burton Hearing Room at the state capital. The hearing will be conducted by the Transportation and Housing Committee, headed by State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.

The California Energy Commission attempted earlier this year to require so-called "programmable communicating thermostats" in new and substantially remodeled homes. Utilities seeking to cut power consumption as shortages developed could have used a remote control device in the thermostat to override customer control.

The device would not have been removable by the customer.

The bill's status is outlined on the State Senate's Web site at: http://tinyurl.com/5yxhbu.
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