- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island utility is activating a voluntary plan that lets it control air-conditioning use from afar at some homes and businesses as the region endures a spate of sweltering weather.

PSEG Long Island said Monday it isn’t worried about be able to handle the expected demand for power as temperatures are forecast to climb into the 90s.

The utility says it’s activating its “thermostat energy conservation program” to reduce the load on its system. It also says the move will help customers save money.

About 30,000 homes and businesses have signed up for the program. It lets PSEG remotely cycle air-conditioning compressors on and off for a half-hour at a time. Fans continue running to circulate cool air.

It’s been implemented before, most recently last Sept. 2.

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