Spotswood: State needs to get smarter about 'smart' meters
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#1 Jul 19, 2010
Wake up, PLEASE!
To you and the other naysayers in Marin I say: Get with the program!
Fear of change will get you nowhere and with today's incessant barrage of bad news about climate change, fossil fuels, energy security and our dependence on foreign oil, we have GOT to change the way we use and manage our energy. Smart meter and smart grid technology is ONE step in that direction and, like it or not, it WILL impact us all.
Fear, uncertainty and doubt only propagate the status-quo... an untenable and unsustainable proposition that none of us can afford.
Let's face it Marin: Since when do we let our energy policy be guided by the hillbilly throwbacks of Fairfax and agenda-driven special interest groups like the Marin Realtors?
Mr. Spotswood: Look around. There are plenty of examples of why you shouldn't be opposing these changes. To this facet of tomorrow's energy management solutions, it is not sufficient to scoff at smart meters on the grounds that you and others may be on guard with PG&E because of Prop 16 or their position towards MEA. Your argument doesn't hold water.
Get over the politics.
Smart meters are here to stay.
#3 Jul 19, 2010
The arguments against smart meters are incredible.
The first step to reduce our dependence on oil, reduce global warming and cut costs is to preserve energy. Today, 30% of all the energy consumption in the US goes toward residential consumption.
The goal of smart meters is to make consumers use energy more efficiently by having a time dependent tiered billing. The result will hopefully be to use create a more uniform energy consumption and thus eliminate or at least reduce the peaks in energy consumption that force the energy provider (in this case PG&E) to build new, expensive gas powered power plants.
The opposition to smart meters is not based on any facts. The danger from wireless emissions is one such bogus claim. How can a short term transmission from the smart meter be compared to the continuous exposure to radiation by using cell phones?
How does the learned Fairfax Council know that introducing smart meters will result in higher electricity fees? Or are they concerned that PG&E may, God forbid, lower their fees and expose the MEA non-sense in to the light?
I am amazed that any time a plan is proposed to reduce energy consumption in a realistic way (not a grandiose albatross like the MEA), all the environmental forces come together to oppose it.
#4 Jul 22, 2010
Do you REALLY think I am going to go out and look at my meter, or read my bill and say, Gee, Jane, better do your laundry at 4:00 a.m. so that I can save energy???????? PUHLEEZZEEEE! We are being punished for living life as we choose to live it. In case you forgot, the CA Senate had a rider on a bill for thermostats in our homes to be monitored and regulated--until an observant member of the Senate blew the whistle.
Once again, if you wish to conserve energy- do it yourself. Don't allow a public entity to make these decisions for you. I am afraid that we will all look back to 2010 as the good old days-- the last thing I want is to have to put money in the meter so that I can get heat---ala England at the turn of the LAST century---but that is what you are advocating with allowing others to determine how you live. Less government-- more freedom.
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