Davis compares today's switch over to the so-called Smart Grid to Godzilla's transition from monster to hero:
The electric T&D industry is attempting a similar Godzilla flip-flop: Taking a huge, hulking, archaic electricity T&D system and creating from that a massive, self-healing smart grid overnight (a few decades in industry terms).
The goal is to squeeze out energy use by paying energy companies to provide less, then giving consumer "incentives" so they can "choose" to save money on their new-rated bills.
Here are four prongs of this infrastructure vision from Ken Oshman, Echelon Corp.’s chairman and CEO:
- 1. Focus on the core end result and mandate that result. (For instance, reduce energy 10 percent over the next three years by responding to the conditions on the grid.)
- 2. Do not mandate technology. The market will decide which technologies win. The winning technologies will allow the industry to achieve its goal.
- 3. Remove regulations that deter power generators from saving energy. Competition, technical innovation and creative business models will take care of the rest.
- 4. Create regulations that pay utilities to sell less energy.
However, notice how Oshman says NOT to mandate technology. Yet, wireless utility meters are being forced upon consumers who do not want them due to health, privacy and safety concerns.
So, there, you have it: a bit of history and truth about the Smart Grid monster, which can never become a hero to people who do not want its cold, calculated attacks on their privacy, security and health. The creature cannot live without its wireless pulse. And its lifeblood is poison to the people.