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Smart Grid Funding Misspent on Obsolete Technologies, Says New Report

By Dr. Joseph Mercola On November 26, the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) published a new report entitled “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid1,” authored by Dr. Timothy Schoechle, an engineering and policy consultant with expertise in smart grid technologies. He currently serves on several international smart grid standard setting committees and has decades of experience in the utility, computer, and communication industries, including being involved in the development of the AMI meter standards and building utility meter reading and demand response gateways. “Smart meter” is the term used to describe a wired or wireless electrical energy meter that transmits energy consumption data back to your local utility company at regular intervals. It is replacing conventional hard-wired meters we have had on our houses for decades that only collect usage data and have to be read by some means. However, serious health, privacy, security, homeland security, fire and cost concerns over this technology have been raised, and grassroots resistance groups2 have sprung up in at least 18 different states. The rebellion against the “smart meters” seems to be uniting people from a range of political persuasions, all expressing common values we share — including the right to privacy, and the right to live and thrive in healthy, safe and secure environments. Unless there are other motives for the meters, it is hard to understand why our government would be promoting and subsidizing “smart meters,” when safer and more secure meter alternatives are available. Former CIA Director James Woolsey even has said that on security grounds alone, the new grid design is “…a really, really stupid grid.”

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