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Nest to offer its learning thermostats for free in Ireland

Nest announced a partnership today with Electric Ireland to provide its smart thermostat for free to customers who sign a 2-year contract with the utility provider.

Tony Fadell, chief executive of Nest, confirmed the new partnership on stage today at the Web Summit in Dublin.

‘Could change Ireland’

“This is huge,” he said.

We think this is a huge announcement that could change Ireland.

Details of the partnership were not immediately available.

Fadell said the Nest Learning Thermostat would be distributed by Electric Ireland which has 1.5 million customers.

The Google factor

Fadell dropped the news during a conversation about how being acquired by Google had changed Nest.

He said that Google’s resources had allowed Nest to expand internationally much faster than it could have on its own.