Smart Grid Proof?

Mike O'Dell mo at
Sun May 2 11:08:28 CDT 2010

it would be useful if the "smart grid" guys could
explain what problem they are solving in any detail,
along with why they believe they can actually solve it
using the technologies they are flaunting, without
waving their hands fast enough to create Mach diamonds.

without distributed energy storage technology,
the best they can accomplish is a bit of peak shaving,
and for most utilities, that actually matters only
a few days a year. plus, the overall "savings" is very
small and hard to recoup.

what it *does* do, however, is give them lots
more information with which to raise billing rates.
you can look forward to electric bills that are
as complex and incomprehensible as the one you
get for your cellphone. and all the cost involved
in getting you that new bill that makes no sense?
it goes directly into the rate-base, so they pass
that cost along. so you give them money that they
spend on things so they can charge you more.

ain't that a sweet deal?


On 4/30/10 3:51 PM, John Teller wrote:
> Gee, I hope not!
> ---JST
> Frank Gentges wrote:
>> Sniff, sniff, sniff.
>> Aha! I recognize that smell.
>> It smells like BPL.
>> Frank K0BRA
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