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ZigBee continues to strengthen its home area networking (HAN) front runner status thanks to a residential demand response pilot program from Puget Sound Energy. While it will only cover 700 homes, the project will be a big test of ZigBee-powered control systems and thermostats from Comverge, not to mention how well they integrate with home energy management and monitoring gateways. Naturally, Comverge and the ZigBee Alliance are hoping for a smooth implementation. Provided that the technology is effective, secure, and easy for customers to use, then it’s safe to say that the efficiency gains (and more contracts) will follow.