Why are we getting so…. Smarted these days? Well, its the “wave of the future” you better jump on board before you become obsolete and… Stupid?
My last post was on the “Complete Streets” Bill which Gov. Schumlin just signed (also known as Smart Mobility). I still want to know more about the initiative, especially from first hand experience of its implementation in other states.
In this post I am looking at the “Smart Grid”. Vermont energy leaders talk smart grid
Sanders said in a speech at the conference, “(…) for those of us who want to move forward aggressively on sustainable energy, we need to be able to move and manage whole new sources of electric supply.” He said he was excited about Sandia’s partnership with Vermont and that he sees a significant clean energy future in the partnership forming there…. link
Who is Sandia? From Wikipedia -The Sandia National Laboratories, which are managed and operated by the Sandia Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation), are two major United States Department of Energy research and development national laboratories. –
So, it isn’t only Burlington that is on the Lockheed contract it is all of Vermont. One review of Sandia from Oct, 24, 2010 says,
“Upper management is clueless and sometimes works against the technical folks. SNL is a very risk-adverse place to work – management seems to consult lawyers on every HR-type change, to the detriment of the work environment. The benefits are eroding, especially for people who have been at the labs 5-15 years. The 401k plan is better for new employees than older ones. SNL has been losing the loyalty of their junior employees for some time.”
Looks like another “top-down” profit managed Corporate “person-ality”. Smart Metering, which is the basis of the Smart Grid according to Wikipedia is: “usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system.”
Bernie Sanders said the Smart Grid was going to save residents money… If we are going to save money with this new system it means we have been loosing money with the present one. So, all this time with “analogue meters” the utility companies have been profiting illegally?
Vermont won $69 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for its smart grid plan, which the state’s private and public utilities combined forces to match for a total of $138 million in funding.
Elizabeth Miller, commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Public Service, said the big challenge now will be gaining consumer acceptance for the new smart meters that the state’s utilities will be rolling out shortly. “There are some lessons learned elsewhere” she said. “In California and Maine there has been some resistance. We want to avoid that resistance here.”
Why is our already bankrupt government, dolling out the dollars for restructuring Vermont’s energy grid ? When…
From World Hunger: Hunger in America –
17 million households, 14.6 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were food insecure in 2008, the highest number ever recorded in the United States. Four million households became food insecure in 2008. There has been a huge increase of food insecurity in the USA since 2008 but these are the latest statistics available.
We are in a looming recession and countless foreign Wars, yet we can afford to “upgrade” all of our infrastructure, when we can’t even afford maintaining the one we have! Something doesn’t fit.
Image above from website: Virtually Perfect ends in Babylon Dreams