The following is from the ‘horses mouth’ . . . the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO)
Although the #1 item in PUCO’s mission statement is:
“Mandating the availability of adequate, safe, and reliable utility service to all business, industrial, and residential consumers.”, there are no references to safety on their “Smart Grid in Ohio” web page. Also note, they now refer to their customers as “consumers”.
The contents on their June 2013 web page “Smart Grid in Ohio” is pure corporate PR (propaganda). The first undeniable truths to recognize is that PUCO’s Commissioners are appointed, not elected. Exact quotes from PUCO’s web site are indented.
Smart Grid in Ohio
We live at a time when our power grid grows daily in size and complexity while the technology we use to run this system becomes increasingly outdated. The grid has served us well for more than a century, but the time has come for a modernized system capable of meeting 21st century demands. We need a “smarter” grid to deliver and manage electricity.
What is smart grid?
Smart grid applies advanced technology to our existing electric system, making the system more reliable and efficient while giving utility customers more control over their usage.
Actually the opposite is true. The Smart Grid gives utility companies more control over the customers usage.
In order to be effective, the smart grid must begin at the power plant and run all the way through the delivery system to customers’ meters. System upgrades will include transmission and distribution monitoring devices, smart meters, smart appliances, and energy efficiency tools.
Here is a photo of a distribution monitoring device called the Medussa meter. It is a data collection/transmission device. If this is put on your home, you will be exposed to far more Electro-Magnetic Radiation. They can channel info for hundreds of customers through this device. These transmission devices are put on the homes of good paying customers and the customer receives no payment for this service he/she provides the utility company.
Smart grid will integrate renewable and traditional energy sources into one system, reducing carbon emissions caused from coal and gas power plants.
“Carbon emissions”? They are still trying to convince Ohioans that CO2 global warming is real. Don’t believe it!! Lot’s of money is paid out to ‘sell’ this bogus (non) science and prevent the public from knowing that over 31,000 scientists have signed a petition to expose this fraudulent science. See: Global Warming Petition Project
[By the way, we do not receive any money to take a position on CO2 global warming. Our position regarding CO2 global warming was arrived at by doing our own impartial investigation! Our discoveries are expressed in this article: Global Warming and Scientific Fraud]
How will smart grid make my electric service more reliable?
Smart grid technology makes the power grid more reliable by making the response to outages more efficient. When outages occur, smart grid will allow utilities to immediately locate where an outage occurs and then automatically re-route power to where it is needed. Automated systems reduce the risk of overload and outages caused by human error.
Most power outages are not caused by human error (except what ENRON did to the people in California in 2001), they are caused by trees or debris downing transmission lines. Re-routing cannot fix this problem.
What is a smart meter?
A smart meter enables two-way communication between your home and the utility. Unlike a traditional electric meter, a smart meter enables the utility to monitor and bill your electric usage electronically without sending a meter reader. Smart meters will gradually replace traditional electric meters.
A smart meter is really a toxic electro-magnetic radiation emitting device (EMR), that is already making many people sick. For more info visit our Smart Meter page. Smart Meters are also very effective surveillance devices.
How do smart meters help customers save electricity and money?
Smart meters help customers control, reduce, and most importantly understand their use of electricity. Over time, electric customers in Ohio will use smart meters and related smart grid technology to control their major appliances and use real-time pricing to adjust their usage behavior.
Over time customers in Ohio will have smart grid technology that will control their appliances? This does not sound like an option, but a predetermined outcome. If we buy a new appliance can we refuse the microchip insert? The answer is no!
Customers will have the option to assist utilities through voluntary “load shedding.” Utilities will send signals to thermostats and other appliances to adjust the devices’ activity until another signal is delivered to restore normal activity. Thermostats can be adjusted without being completely turned off.
Big Brother will decide if your home should be 60 degrees in the winter or 90 degrees in the summer. You will no longer determine your own comfort zone. They can also turn off your micro-chipped washer, dryer, refrigerator or stove. And, should your payment be late (or lost) or your check bounce, your power can be turned off from a central location by turning off a switch . . . no questions asked!
Customers will also have pricing options. Since, one pricing structure may not be suitable for all, customers will be able to choose how they pay for electricity, increasing the amount of control they have over their billing.
Will the electric company be able to control customers’ electricity usage?
The purpose of this technology is not to give control of electricity usage to the power company but rather to make customers more informed and allow communication between customers and their utilities. All too often, people consume electricity without knowing the actual amount they are using and how much they are being charged to use it. Smart grid works to change this and empowers customers by putting them in control of their usage.
This is a classic example of ‘corporate spin’ or propaganda. The communication will not be between customers and the utility company, it will be between the power company’s meters and their central stations. It does nothing to “empower” people, when from a centralized location the utility company can adjust your thermostat or turn off your appliances.
When will Ohio’s electric utilities begin deploying smart grid?
AEP-Ohio has deployed 110,000 smart meters in central Ohio to test the applicability of their smart grid goals.
Dayton Power and Light does not currently have plans for smart meter installation.
Duke Energy Ohio is engaged in a five-year plan to deploy smart meters in southwest Ohio. The company has deployed 426,000 electric meters and 288,000 natural gas meters.
First Energy initiated a one-year pilot program in spring 2011 to deploy 5,000 meters to Cleveland Electric Illuminating customers. The company may deploy an additional 39,000 meters between 2012 and 2013.
“Deploy” smart meters? The choice of words here is quite telling. They have chosen the word deploy instead of install. “Deploy” is what the military does when engaged in battle. Is the American population under attack?
How can customers ensure that their smart meters are accurate?
Smart meters are as accurate as electric traditional meters. If a customer believes their smart meter is inaccurate, they should compare their current usage to a similar period in the past when they had their old meter. Customers may also ask the utility to test their meter.
Smart meters have been known to start fires too, an inconvenient truth PUCO and AEP are not telling their customers.
Are smart grid and billing information secure?
Utility computer systems will communicate with customer smart meters and online accounts but customer computers will not be able to communicate with their meter, only with the utility’s secure online systems. This prevents customers from accidentally (or maliciously) uploading viruses into security networks and creating problems in the system.
Will electric companies sell customer usage information to other companies?
No. Account usage information is shared between customers and their utility only.
Will utility customers pay for these enhancements?
Smart grid is partially funded by utilities and their customers. The federal government also supports smart grid and has provided assistance to the state of Ohio and Ohio’s electric utilities. In August 2009, $1.2 million in federal stimulus money was awarded to the state of Ohio, and an additional $204 million was awarded to Duke Energy Ohio. AEP-Ohio received $75 million to demonstrate a secure, interoperable and integrated Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Program.
Follow the money and ask yourself WHY the Executive Branch is willing to pay for us to have Smart Meters? All federal ‘monies’ come with strings attached. What conditions were a part of accepting this money? Is there another “agenda”?
Saving energy reduces costs to the utility company. This in turn reduces costs to ratepayers. By implementing smart grid, consumers and companies will avoid more expensive alternatives, such as building new power plants, and accomplish the goal of meeting Ohio’s growing energy needs.
If customers use less electricity, won’t AEP (and other power companies) lose money? Why then would they do that? Or, do they plan on charging more to make up the difference?
So what is the real deal with the Smart Grid?
This is an international effort to take control of energy production and distribution . . . worldwide: Smart Grid – International Coordination
Quote from Henry Kissinger, a long time Rockefeller toady:
“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.”