The new digital meters are not current or voltage limiting devices, and are not capable of switching or adjusting individual loads inside of a building.<quoted text>
Again: Sorry Puipaca.
You're demonstrated "knowledge" is equivalent to the Energy Distribution 101 class at the local junior college. Furthermore, your premise is based on the idea that "the grid" shouldn't have some facility to interact with and - at the ratepayer's request - control some facet of the energy "behind the meter". You're old-school days are showing. The future is here.
10-years ago I bet you also used to say you'd never read the newspaper on-line.
It is time to get on with it.
In the expensive, slick propaganda sheet PG&E sent us with their letter of intent to install their new meter on my property, the claim that in the future, the grid operators hopefully will be able to control my appliances. That is a pipe dream, now and in future at my house.
The new meter is only and interface, and will never control anything by itself. It will relay commands from a central controller through the meter.
Only if a customer chooses to purchase new appliances and thermostats capable of being controlled will it be possible for any corporation from outside to control anything inside of private property. And only if the customer allows it, if I don't want external controls, I won't have them.
Power corporations have no right to control other peoples businesses.
For examples, they cannot say the the huge corporations that own shopping malls," you need to turn off your air conditioners on hot days," or say to Best Buy, "you people are watching too many TV's at once, turn them off during the day"
To most people, buying a house is the single biggest investment in their lives, much akin to starting a business.
PG&E can dream all they want to, and use fear and intimidation to attempt to sucker people like you into submission, but they are up against many legal challanges if they actually try and force it on anyone.
Actually, the power corporations are hoping that private property owners, managers and engineers will help make more efficient use of energy. And we already have been for many years. Building automation has been around for a long time, and technology is improving every day. It is really up to the consumers to expand conservation efforts, saving money and resources for us all.