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Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

Participants in the Save on Energy Peak Perks program “help the grid with their smart thermostats by participating in brief, time-limited thermostat adjustments of up to 2°C during periods of peak electricity demand between June 1 and September 30 on weekday afternoons or in early evenings,” the IESO explains in a release. In exchange, each household receives a C$75 virtual prepaid credit card for signing up, and another $20 for each additional year they stay with the program.