TXU Energy announced yesterday that it’s now targeting installation of 100,000 smart energy efficiency devices in Texas homes and businesses by 2012 along with a new, multi-year purchase, installation and service agreement with smart grid technology provider Comverge. The latter enables TXU to install the TXU Energy iThermostat, TXU Energy PowerMonitor and other smart energy devices to customers in Texas’s competitive retail electricity market.

Comverge manufactures the TXU Energy iThermostat’s communications module and the software needed to control them remotely via the Internet. Having committed in 2007 to investing $100 million in demand-side management and energy efficiency solutions, TXU has installed roughly 20,000 smart energy efficiency devices to date. TXU, a competitive electricity retailer provides electricity to more than 2 million customers in Texas.

“With this agreement in place, we are now able to install significantly more smart energy efficiency devices throughout the state,” Jim Burke, TXU Energy CEO, was quoted as saying in a news release. “It’s an aggressive target, but we believe that giving our customers the tools they need to use less energy is good for them, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for our business.”

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