Beware The Coming Smart Grid

I did watch the Superbowl yesterday. but not for the football because I didn’t care about either team – I watched for the commercials.  There were some pretty funny ones, Doritos put on my favorites.  There were two commercials that caught my attention and sent my “spidey-senses” tingling.  They were GE’s EcoImagination commercials.  If you follow my blog, you know I wrote about GE and their fearless leader Jeff Immelt and my less than enthusiastic support of the company.  GE stands to gain alot from the global warming frenzy that our new government, most of the world and the media are trying to whip up.  And now I know another way they intend to gain based on these commercials.  Something called the “Smart Grid” was mentioned in these commercials.  When I heard Glenn Beck mention the Smart Grid this morning and inform the listeners that he had some information to reveal to them that would be scarier than the socialism he has been talking about, I decided to do a little investigation of my own.

I started on the Department of Energy’s website: http://www.oe.energy.gov/ and clicked on the Smart Grid area where I was told that the grid: “The electric grid delivers electricity from points of generation to consumers, and the electricity delivery network functions via two primary systems: the transmission system and the distribution system. The transmission system delivers electricity from power plants to distribution substations, while the distribution system delivers electricity from distribution substations to consumers. The grid also encompasses myriads of local area networks that use distributed energy resources to serve local loads and/or to meet specific application requirements for remote power, village or district power, premium power, and critical loads protection.”

Sounds like a good idea especially based on the rolling blackouts New York and California have suffered in the past.  But there is so much more to this story between the lines.  I looked up something called the Federal Smart Grid Task Force and found the usual government departments a part of it like the EPA and different parts of the DOE, but it was a little unsettling to see Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense.  In the non-conspiratorial section of my brain, I thought, “My goodness if some outside entity gets ahold of this grid they could shut down America because everything would be connected.”  Thus the need for Defense and Homeland Security to be involved.

But what if the threat is not outside of America and were internal, say the government itself.  The Energy website also provides a guide to the Smart Grid, The Smart Grid: An Introduction. A general reading makes the whole project sound great, but if you let your brain let you go where my brain goes sometimes you will notice the following items:

*”Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) – is an approach to integrating consumers based upon the development of open standards.  It provides consumers with the ability to use electricity more efficiently and provides utilities with the ability to detect problems on their systems and operate them more efficiently.  AMI enables consumers-friendsly efficiency concepts like “Prices to Devices” to work like this”  Assuming that energy is priced on what it costs in near real-time –a Smart Grid imperative —price signals are relayed to “smart” home controllers or end-consumer devices like thermostats, washers/dryers and refrigerators –the home’s major energy users. (They will be connected to all your appliances!)  The devices in turn process the information based on consumers’ learned wishes and power accordingly.” (What if this were the government’s wishes?)

*The platform for this will be built on Google Earth which can now see our homes and us from anywhere.

*”The adoption of the Smart Grid will enhance every facet of the electric delivery system including generation, transmission, distribution and consumption.  It will energize those utility initiatives that encourage consumers to modify patterns of electricity, usage, including the timing and level of electricity demand…It will offer a two-way visibility and control of energy usage.”  (Two-way?!  That is them controlling your electricity usage.)

* The Smart Grid will exploit the use of green building standards to help lighten the load.  (They are telling the auto industry what to make, now construction will be told what to build.)

* The Smart Grid will be motivating, enabling real-time communication between the consumer and utility so consumers can tailor their energy consumption based on individual preferences, like price and/or environmental concerns.  (I’m envisioning a little box that sets off an alarm in your house when the price is going up or you are ruining the environment.  My folks already have a box like this in their home that was installed years ago that controls alot of their energy consumption based on their desires – what if that were in government hands?)

*The Smart Grid is green, slowing the advance of global climate change and offering a genuine path toward significant environmental improvement.  (And there is the global warming propaganda.)

I wish my brain would just function normally and I wouldn’t see the hidden dangers in all this, but can we really trust the government?  Especially now that the left is in charge and has so readily changed our country in only a little over two weeks?  We’ve watched what was just a global warming hoax become a means by which laws have been created here and around the world.  How much further is it before it is really for our own good that the government controls our energy usage.  After all as President Obama said on the campaign trail: “We can’t drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep ourhomes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we’re living in the desert or we’re living in the tundra, and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world’s energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we’ll be fine. Don’t worry about us. That’s not leadership.”

12 responses to “Beware The Coming Smart Grid

  1. Jinkies, now I’ll be up all night reading about and worrying over this latest piece of Big Brotherdom. And I thought last night’s dreams of non-detachable worms was bad…

  2. sorry – daytime tv sucks – it’s Scooby or soaps.

  3. This is big brother, and GE is allowing the control. It truly is 1984..and if you don’t conserve, set your thermistat to 65, or to 80 in the summer, you will be “OUTED” to the greeniacs who will then post your name and address online, protest in front of your home..or WORSE…maybe they will send out jack booted thugs to intervene and suggest you to follow along…it can go very VERY far, and don’t think for a minute that the marxist socialists elected in the U.S. will do anything to protect those who “don’t comply”…Be afraid ..be very afriad!

  4. I see it unfolding like this:

    -Smart Grid goes online.
    -Private energy companies lose control of smart grid to government.
    -Government gets John Q. Public to go along stating revenues will go toward national debt. (Remember obama claiming to have a plan to conquer the natl. debt?)
    -Govt monitors energy consumption, placing restrictions on consumption and fining those who don’t comply. Everyone must use the same amount of energy: socialism begins.

  5. You people are truly idiots.

  6. from a REAL meter man

    First off let me state i found your website and laughed. You are so paranoid. That must be some rather wacky levels of THC that you are ingesting to make your mind of the world is out to get you. I am a real meter man, I know what these meters can and can’t do.
    THEY CAN-
    tell us how much power you use remotely
    tell us when you use the most power
    tell us if you have tampered with the meter
    tell us if you have a power outage

    THEY CAN’T-
    control individual appliances (that is what your breaker box does.. DURP)
    tell us what you are thinking
    tell us if you are home or not

    this whole conspiracy makes me laugh to no end. Here is my question i ask all the nut jobs everyday! WOULD you rather some random stranger walk threw your yard every month, look threw your windows, your trash, your garage, your car… OR would you rather your KILOWATT hour usage be sent wirelessly to our office where there is no human error (we still have manually type in the read which typos happen with your OLD MECHANICAL METER). Invasion of privacy? i think not. Besides electric companies are like any other company.. they are a business. being a business we are out to make money! Please PLEASE use as much power as you want, supply and demand!

  7. The Smart Grid is part of Obama’s plan to see “electric rates necessairly skyrocket”. Big brother is big government. Where is congress’s big mouths? Mum again!

  8. Real meter man. You know the in’s and outs of the future of smart grid technology? I think not! You don’t know all the facts. You know what you need to know. You are entitled to your opinions but reserve your judgement of the weary until you have seen the plans set out by the ‘Club of Rome’ and the rest of the psychopathic UN, bent on TOTAL DOMINATION!!

  9. mindy rodriguez

    What is Hamilton County Republican Party (TN) doing to stop Smart Grid?

  10. Below is the notice I mailed to my power company.
    ================================================
    NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY
    TO: FP&L, 700 Universe Blvd., Juno Beach, Florida 33408
    FROM: Don Quixote de la Mancha
    DATE: 1984
    TO: FP&L and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,
    Upon information and belief one of your agents installed a “Smart Meter” (or similar activity monitoring device) at the above address. You and all
    other parties were never given informed consent for said installation and use of all such devices on the above property. Installation and use of any
    activity monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any
    device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes.
    Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization
    is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to
    residents by the following factors:
    1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
    2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
    3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and
    occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
    4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not
    authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those who’s activities were recorded.
    5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day
    metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
    6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless
    transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered
    surveillance.
    7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of
    private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
    8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual
    activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
    9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that
    will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
    10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic
    environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.
    I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property,
    my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds.
    Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and
    unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All
    persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my
    activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused
    or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not.
    This is legal notice. After delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant
    immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent. The Fee Schedule for
    trespass is $5,000.00 per day. This fee schedule will commence one week after you receive this demand notice. Notice to principal is notice to agent
    and notice to agent is notice to principal. When and if your agent removes the current meter a passive meter must be installed.
    ______________________________
    Don Quixote de la Mancha – sui juris, with express reservation of all my rights in law, equity and all other natures of law.
    [ Rights Reserved: UCC 1-308, Florida Statute 671.207 ]
    ADDRESS ( State of Florida )
    Signed before me this 28th day of Decmber, 1984, by Don Quixote de la Mancha, personally known to me and who did take an oath.
    _______________________________/
    Name of your notary
    My commission expires (date)
    license number
    Bonded thru Joe Blow Insurance
    NOTARY PUBLIC – STATE OF FLORIDA

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