How Smart Is The Smart Meter?
The answer to the question posed in the title is, not too smart. The meter itself is only of gathering information on the customers usage of the energy. It then sends this data to the energy company and other agencies that pay to read it. By other agencies I mean, Police and other State, Federal, and Global, agencies that might benefit from this data.
The Smart Meter is being sold as a efficient way to use electricity. However, if it is such a great thing, why is it that there is so much protest over the use of the S.M. Why is it power companies have found it necessary to put in their terms of service, anyone who refuses the placement of a Smart Meter on their premises could lose use of services from that company?
The Smart Meter can’t “by itself” save you money, or cut the use of electricity. What it does do “by itself” is report the pattern of usage by the customer, and shows deviations in that pattern. It also does more.
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Since George W. Bush signed The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, we have seen people hoarding incandescent bulbs because they are to be removed from the U.S. market in 2012.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 set aside $11 billion dollars to begin construction of the Smart Grid. The name Smart Grid sounds cool and all but, it will also be very intrusive.
Operating in concert with newer appliances the S.M. will report back many things. The truly upsetting aspect of the completed Smart Grid is that all things inside of your home can and will be controlled by the power company at the orders of the government. You don‘t believe it:
The next step in Green won’t even require Congressional approval. The Department of Energy recently decided they have authority over appliances in your home. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently issued five new energy efficiency standards for large appliances, and is reworking the policy to include ten new categories. According to Assistant Energy Secretary Cathy Zoi “…we have a mandate. Where we can actually just issue regulations and do market transformation.”
The newer appliances have chips in them that when the appliance is plugged in stats communicating with the grid and this allows the control of all things in your house.
Let’s say, it’s a hot day in Texas and you have you AC on 72 degrees, however the heat index isn’t high enough by the governments standings to allow you to set it at that temperature. By the newly instated rules, the power company resets the AC to 76. Soon the kids are hot and cranky, so you set it back at 72 and the same thing happens again. So you set it back at 72 and the AC completely shuts itself down and you can’t do anything about it. Won’t happen right? Don’t bet on it.
Since September Eleventh 2001, more and more of the citizenry of the United States have become willing to turn over their rights to the government and the government has been willing to take that role in all aspects of their lives.