|[November 26, 2012]
Smart Grid Funding Misspent On Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. --(Business Wire)--
A new policy report focused on the electric grid and economy of energy, "Getting
Smarter About the Smart Grid", 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
"smart" 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.
"Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid" - New policy paper highlighting the misguided U.S. approach to upgrading the electricity grid that puts citizens, sustainability and the economy at risk.
FULL POST HERE - http://www.gettingsmarteraboutthesmartgrid.org/press_release.html
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Authored by engineering and policy consultant, Dr. Timothy Schoechle of
Boulder, CO, an expert in smart grid technologies wo serves on several
international smart grid standard setting committees, the new report "Getting
Smarter About the Smart Grid" states:
Congress, state and local governments, as well as ratepayers, have
been misled about the potential energy and cost saving benefits of the
new "smart" 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 (News - Alert), VT, AZ, TX, FL, PA, ME, IL, OR and the
District of Columbia, is only the "tip of the iceberg"-one that
conceals a deeply dysfunctional energy economy needing urgent federal,
state and local attention.
Ratepayers' desire to "opt-out" of the new wireless meters on privacy,
security, reliability, cost and potential public health grounds may
herald an "epochal transformation of the political economy of energy".
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
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