Below are presentations from a range of experts at a conference entitled The High Road to a True Smart Grid, held at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on 28 January 2014.
The program cut through misunderstandings about the value of the ‘smart meters’ being rolled out across the country, and the misguided direction of electricity and energy policy in the U.S. The panelists outlined a blueprint for a safer and smarter approach to both electricity generation and distribution in the United States—one that has all of our best interests, and the interests of planet Earth, at heart.
The conference featured an integrated interdisciplinary panel including Timothy Schoechle, PhD, author of the white paper “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” published by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP).
Others included engineer and physician Karl Maret, MD, Eng., expert in industrial and military applications of electromagnetic fields and President of Dove Health Alliance; Camilla Rees, of the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy and ElectromagneticHealth.org; Duncan Campbell, Esq.,new energy visionary and advisor to clean tech companies, and Radio Host at Living Dialogues in Boulder, CO; and James S. Turner, Esq., Partner of Swankin Turner, Chairman of Citizens for Health, and Chairman of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy.
1. Timothy Schoechle, Ph.D.
2. Karl Maret, M.D., Eng.
3. Camilla Rees, MBA
4. Duncan Campbell, Esq.
5. James S. Turner, Esq.
6. Panel Discussion
7. Closing remarks: Duncan Campbell, Esq.
Duncan Campbell, Esq. recaps the afternoon program on “The High Road to a True Smart Grid”. The program highlighted: 1) there are $ billions being wasted in the name of the “smart grid”, while the genuine ‘smart’ technical solutions go underfunded; 2) the public has been misled about the technical capabilities of smart meters; 3) the utility industry is desperately pushing back against rooftop solar and net metering, where customers could be paid for excess energy generated; 4) how smart meters can be ‘a drone in your home’, with significant violations of privacy; 5) ‘opt outs’ don’t make sense unless everyone opts out, as otherwise utilities have ‘divided and conquered’; 6) communities at the local level need to take control of their energy futures; 7) there are technologies, some very recently developed, that can create a WISE decentralized electricity grid without the privacy, security, reliability, public health, and economic risks of the present approach.
Wealth-creating for the consumers
Secure, and sustainable