posted on May, 13 2012 @ 11:29 AM
I will focus on only one aspect of this development, but recognize the many facets it will involve. Please contribute accordingly.
Hobbs, NM is the recipient of this lucrative site. It looks like the price tag has increased since 2011, possibly because of inflation, more companies
joining in the mix, or a combination of the two.
CITE’s first phase of construction is scheduled to begin June 30 and will cost $400 million. Pegasus expects investment in CITE to total $1
Pegasus managing director Robert H. Brumley said Tuesday at a news conference in Albuquerque that all of the investment in CITE will come from private
funders, including private equity investors and lenders. Brumley said the exclusion of government funding will allow CITE to sell its testing services
to a wider range of customers, including government and private sector customers.
This is the really intriguing part, as noted in posts above ,there are several defense related government agencies already slated to be
involved in the program. I imagine all participants will come from a wide spectrum of the military-industrial-energy-information-etc.-complex.
Brumley said appliance manufacturers want their products to communicate wirelessly with owners and with other appliances in a household. CITE will
provide a typical basement in a typical household with access to both traditional and experimental wireless towers where a smart washing machine can
await a simulated owner’s instructions.
"Owner's" such an interesting concept.
Largely ignored by the national media, California passed the first statewide Smart Grid bill in the U.S. earlier this month, amid the flurry of
renewable energy and efficiency legislation Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also signed.
There has been some pushback from utility customers, concerned that the meters will up their electricity bills, but this response will probably not be
unique to California as more states roll out advanced meters to the masses.
Aww yes, save the companies money yet cost the consumers more, gotta love it.
Smart meters, so called because they allow real-time usage monitoring, originally were pitched by the industry as a boon to consumers for increasing
control over consumption.
boon 1 (b n). n. 1. A benefit bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request. 2. A timely blessing or benefit:
Whose request we say?
A minority of customers complained the devices instead raise their bills, compromise privacy and risk their health with electro-magnetic fields
emitted by the wireless technology.
In 2011, the California Council on Science and Technology, a state-created technology advisory board, said in a report it found no evidence
from scientific studies that smart meters were harmful and the devices emit far less radio-frequency energy than microwaves or mobile phones.