The companies have implemented the pilot project in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they have commissioned the Cisco home energy management system and installed digital smart grid technologies.

The companies will gather the feedback from the customers to develop an enhanced home energy management system catering to the specific needs of the consumers.

As per the agreement, Duke Energy and Cisco will also work in close cooperation with manufacturers of household products like appliances, electrical outlets, air conditioners, water heaters and plug-in EVs to develop products that connect with the Cisco Home Energy Management System.

Paul Fulton, general manager of Cisco, said: “Cisco is excited about working with Duke Energy to bring entirely new models of energy management to their customers.

“Cisco’s Home Energy Management System is like a ‘virtual energy assistant’ for consumers and one we look forward to enhancing with Duke and an ecosystem of partners.”