Within the next decade, more than 20 percent of electricity demand in the United States will be met by building operators and homeowners optimizing their energy consumption and resources in collaboration with utilities, energy experts at Honeywell predict.

This shift is expected to put energy users at the center of efforts to make the utility grid smarter and more stable. Accomplishing the transformation, the company says, will include permanent reductions in energy use, temporary consumption reductions when demand spikes, and increased on-site generation and storage. In all cases, Honeywell says, the key driver is expected to be the continued innovation and deployment of applications that connect homeowners and building owners to utilities and allow users to automate their response to changes in energy reliability and prices....