posted on Aug, 3 2014 @ 07:40 PM
Actually: Welcome to the 21st century where power grids are controlled by computers so that power consumption demands can be met.
Power that is generated by a power company is not generated and full blast and sent down the line. Doesn't work that way, and has not worked that way
for many, many decades.
Power companies have to watch power demands and be able to met them, less you, the public, ends up suffering from brown outs, surges or complete power
In the past, humans would sit and watch. As power demands during the day, night, cold, heat, etc, changed, they would have to change things to met
those demands (or back off when the demand is not quite so high).
Computer systems cost a lot less than a person that needs a salary, benefits, vacation time, sick days, etc. They also can react a LOT more quickly
than humans can. They are a lot more efficient and changing things, and help keep power failures down as far as literally wearing out a generator
makes for a very expensive repair.
Power companies do not really care what kind of electrical equipment you have, nor do they really care to know when you, and individual is putting a
kettle on to boil.
What they do care about is being able to meet the power demand that you put on them, so that YOU do not end up blowing a transformer by making a high
power demand, and they don't know when to give it to you.
Knowing when most people are getting up to put that kettle on to boil, by seeing the increase in power demand, allows for the computer system to
increase the power available to everyone, that way when you do put your kettle on after a whole lot of other people have also done this, you don't
suddenly see your lights go very dim....and then hear a loud BOOM as a transformer blows...normally followed by you standing in the dark, and suddenly
realizing you're not going to get your hot water anytime soon now.
Smart meters can help with all that. Done right, they can even help you and others keep the power on, when otherwise it would go out.
Say Sam down the street has a problem with his electric stove, but it's problem he's unaware of. Let's say Sam turns the oven on and there is a
A HUGE surge of current will surge. The main breaker to the house should trip.....but sometimes they don't (because they are old, stuck or just
defective), and what can happen is the power transformer that feeds his house could blow or be damaged.
That might cause a complete outage on your street. Now YOU are without power because of Sam's stove....and because the Smart Meter, if designed
right, could have auto shutdown the power, the moment the current surge went too high (therefore protecting the transformer out on the street).
But instead, due to people being paranoid about being spied on by their power company, we're all sitting in the dark, not getting our hot coffee
because of Sam's stove.......and too much paranoia.
Seriously: the power company really doesn't care about when a single person puts on a kettle. They care about when a LOT of people do it all at once,
at a certain time of day, or when they wash cloths, or turn on their driers, or when the heat or air conditioners kick on.