There was some chatter about these after some tech show early this year. We have a hybrid system in our house–natural gas emergency heat, heat pump for 95% of the time. I had contacted our HVAC installer about chasing down a pair of these–we have a two-zone system, and these would basically be drop-in replacements for the Honeywell Vision Pro TH8320 guys we have now, with the Z-wave added in.
He got back to me yesterday–he said he was told that at this point, Honeywell plans to distribute these solely through utility companies. My surmise is that they intend to have them play with Z-wave enabled smart meters, so utilities can use them to tweak consumer 'stat settings to avoid ugly peak loads.
Our utility company is a PUD, so I gave them a call. It’s nice being in a PUD–our rates are about half what folks outside our district pay Portland General Electric. And the folks running the place are neighbors who are responsive to us, rather than to distant shareholders. Anyway, their person who does this sort of thing is going to chase us down info on getting a pair, if he can. He asked if we’d be up for them installing a companion Z-wave enabled electric meter on their nickel, as an experiment. They’d have no way or plans to control the meter, but if they decided to roll them out broadly later, they’d have learned some stuff from us.
Just providing this as a data-point.