Smart grid a giant conspiracy claims new report
By Jesse Berst
An anti-smart-grid activist has authored a new policy report that claims the stimulus funds set aside for smart meters were "misspent." The press release (see page 2) makes a number of extreme claims, including:
- Smart meters do NOT contribute to a more reliable grid
- Congress and ratepayers have been deliberately misled about the benefits of smart meters
- The President's National Science and Technology Council "evidences a fundamental lack of understanding ofâ€¦ electricity and energy"
- The decision by a few ratepayers in a few locations to opt out of smart meters heralds "and epochal transformation of the political economy of energy."
- Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are "unsustainable" and may eventually require a government bailout
The report -- Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid -- was authored by engineering and policy consultant, Dr. Timothy Schoechle of Boulder, Colorado, who is described in the press release as an expert in smart grid technologies who serves on several international smart grid standard setting committees. It was published by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C., which you can read more about here.
Another view from the science communityâ€¦
We've been saying it to ourselves for years -- smart meters and smart grids make electric power more reliable and resilient. But we've never been very good about explaining it to customers. That's why it's great to see a highly regarded, highly trusted publication like Scientific American come to the same conclusion. You'll want to read and then save this one to share with confused or skeptical customers.
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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.
November 26, 2012 08:00 AM Eastern Time
Smart Grid Funding Misspent On Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report
Billions spent with taxpayer dollars on â€œsmart metersâ€ will not lead to U.S. sustainability; Place citizens and economy at risk
WASHINGTON, D.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new policy report focused on the electric grid and economy of energy, â€œGetting Smarter About the Smart Gridâ€, was published today by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C. The report states that billions of dollars in federal subsidies for â€œsmartâ€ utility meters have been misspent on meter technology that will not lead to energy sustainability or contribute to the possibility of a more efficient and responsive electricity grid.
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Authored by engineering and policy consultant, Dr. Timothy Schoechle of Boulder, CO, an expert in smart grid technologies who serves on several international smart grid standard setting committees, the new report â€œGetting Smarter About the Smart Gridâ€ states:
- Congress, state and local governments, as well as ratepayers, have been misled about the potential energy and cost saving benefits of the new â€œsmartâ€ meters, paid for in large part with taxpayer dollars, as well as ratepayer dollars.
- The present policy approach to electricity infrastructure in the United States depicted in the report, Policy Framework for the 21st Century: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future, issued by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the Executive Office of the President, evidences a fundamental lack of understanding of the problems associated with the future of electricity and energy.
- The growing grass roots rebellion against smart meters now happening in 18 states, such as CA, VT, AZ, TX, FL, PA, ME, IL, OR and the District of Columbia, is only the â€œtip of the icebergâ€â€”one that conceals a deeply dysfunctional energy economy needing urgent federal, state and local attention.
- Ratepayersâ€™ desire to â€œopt-outâ€ of the new wireless meters on privacy, security, reliability, cost and potential public health grounds may herald an â€œepochal transformation of the political economy of energyâ€.
- Much of the $ multi-billion dollar federal subsidy for smart meters in the name of stimulus funding does not benefit ratepayers, nor support economic growth, but primarily benefits meter and meter networking manufacturers, while financially propping up unsustainable Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs).
- There are inherent conflicts in the monopoly utility business model preventing the nation from moving to a renewable energy economy, and utilities may eventually require a government bail out.
- READ FULL PRESS RELEASE at: http://www.gettingsmarteraboutthesmartgrid.org/press_release.html