London Distributed Energy Conference: Evidence that smart meters are not producing cost savings to justify the cost. New energy storage technologies are less costly, and more efficient with cost savings greater than smart meters, without replacing existing hard wired metering.

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“Electric utilities have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on smart meters in an attempt to shave peak loads. Using demand charges and “time of use” meters, utilities have been trying to modify consumer behavior. Yet studies continue to reveal that even with proper consumer education about smart meter benefits, utilities have only cut peak loads by 6-8 percent using these meters. For peak shaving, distributed energy storage can be more effective because it does not require consumer involvement. Simply deploying battery storage within communities and at substations can achieve the same (or better) effect as changing consumer behavior, while giving utilities tighter resource control.” (Source: Whitepaper S&C Electric)

Utilities can leverage storage to shift load and generation patterns, making better use of grid assets, boosting grid reliability, and cutting carbon emissions — all without investing in changing consumers’ hard-wired habits. As battery technology costs continue falling, Continue reading

Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report

 

“Billions spent with taxpayer dollars on “smart meters” will not lead to U.S. sustainability; Place citizens and economy at risk”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — November 26, 2012. A new policy report focused on the electric grid and economy of energy, “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid”, was published today by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C. The report states that billions of dollars in federal subsidies for “smart” utility meters have been misspent on meter technology that will not lead to energy sustainability or contribute to the possibility of a more efficient and responsive electricity grid.

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Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” is authored by smart grid technology expert Timothy Schoechle, PhD, an international Continue reading

Wired Meter Solution Proposal for the City of Fairfield, Offered to the City Water Department, July 31 Meeting

Following is a draft of the Request for Proposal, which was submitted to the City Water Department, at the Committee meeting, held Tuesday, July 31. Robert Palma and John Brown had been working on this project for the past 3 months, in communications with the water department and a private engineering firm, specializing in custom electrical and wireless designs. This proposal reflects the requirements which have been stipulated by the water department, and the evaluations which have been made by the engineering firm, for designing a system which can fulfill all these requirements. The cost basis proposal from Continue reading

FREE FIBER FOR SWISS SCHOOLS – WIFI WARNINGS

http://www.magdahavas.com/free-internet-access-in-swiss-schools-no-wifi/

October 21, 2010. (Edited for context)  While the rest of the world rushes onwards with the wireless revolution, Switzerland – the country that invented the World Wide Web – and the largest telecom provider – SWISSCOM which is owned (52%) by the Swiss government  – have decided to light up the public school’s wired networks using fiber optics FOR FREE!

To help you understand the reasoning why Switzerland prefers LAN over WiFi (wireless internet), we have produced a short video that will provide some insight as to why the Swiss government is so forward thinking in matters related to the children’s health and education when it involves internet access.

After you watch the video – explore the links to the Swiss Office of Public Health website.  For brevity, you can just pay attention to the bold text.

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Sioux City Iowa has had wired (non-RF) water meters since 2003

Since 2003 the Sioux City Water Department has installed new meters and automated reading equipment that will help increase our efficiency while providing more convenience to our customers. The City bills utility services monthly to help customers budget and keep better track of their water usage.

The Automatic Meter Reading System (AMR) we now use minimizes the inconvenience of physically reading water meters as well as estimated bills. The AMR system uses an electronic device connected to each meter to automatically “call” into our office each month and record meter reading data in our computer. We can also use this system to obtain additional meter readings as needed, in situations such as when a customer moves.

The AMR system uses advanced electronic technology that will not interfere with your telephone service. A non-voice data signal, sent over telephone lines, automatically transmits the meter reading data.

There is no charge for installation…

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