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Originally posted by peponastick
So let me get this right...
You guys are celebrating the fact that the gov't will be able to track every ounce of energy you use and tax you on excessive energy use. I'm not against conservation I'm against the gov't having more power. Let the markets drive the change not the gov't. It always leads to the same spot, the gov't over-reaching into the personal lives of americans. Anything with the word "smart" in it can be replaced by Big Brother.
President Barack Obama made a pitch for renewable energy Tuesday, announcing $3.4 billion in government support for 100 projects aimed at modernizing the nation's power grid.
Originally posted by LordBaskettIV
For 3.4B you could make 140,000 households run completely off-grid.
You mentioned that you've been into renewable energy for quite some time now, why do you think its pointless to proceed with the "smart" grid? Out of curiosity what would you think would be a better solution?
• Make the grid more reliable and reduce power outages that cost American consumers $150 billion per year • Install more than 850 sensors for better grid monitoring and the incorporation of renewable energy across the entire electric grid • Install more than 200,000 smart transformers • Install nearly 700 automated substations • Improve outage detection and enable faster response time if service restoration becomes necessary • Install more than 40 million smart meters • Install more than one million in-home displays, 170,000 smart thermostats and 175,000 load control devices • Achieve 20% more energy from renewable sources by 2020
Given the expense of overhauling the nation’s electric grid, government funding is a necessary requirement for many utilities to get started, but it has also slowed down the movement as a lot of utilities waited to see if they would be amongst the 100 to receive funding. By providing the capital for upfront expenses, but not operating expenses, smart grid stimulus funds have also had the result of keeping telcos out of the smart grid opportunity, according to some
Originally posted by plumranch
I think government should stay out of energy entirely and let the industry decide what and where the priorities are based on economics not politically correct government bureaucrats who seem to be nearly always wrong.