On Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:44:26 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Obama had nothing to do with it. 99% of the old analog meters were
worn out and reading low. They needed to be replaced anyway, just to
recover lost revenue. When you add the value to the bottom line of
laying off all the meter readers, it is a win-win for the poco.
That's only part of the story.
There are three main benefits to smart meters:
1. They replaced aging analog meters that were inaccurate, failing, etc.
2. They eliminated meter readers, and reading errors (and a few jobs).
3. Since smart meters can log usage based on time of day, they allow
incentives to be offered for consumers to use more power during off peak
times and less during peak times. Already we see utilities offering
promotions such as "free nights" to encourage people to do laundry or
whatever in the evenings. This peak shifting effort helps reduce the
need to build new generating facilities and also helps to reduce the
peak loads on aging transmission circuits.
On Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:32:58 AM UTC-5, Pete C. wrote:
NO NO NO!
You are clouding the issue with facts and logic.
Obama did it.
(Don't mention that the power company first installed a smart meter at the farm
in the early 1990's. Did the whole peak/off peak bit, and allowed the meter
readers to download the data from inside their trucks. It's still Obama's
On 2/13/2013 10:39 AM, email@example.com wrote:
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26 Ways President Obama Has Completely Ruined the Country
Bang on. This is all about utilities moving to increase profits by
cutting costs and creating a variable pricing structure, where they'll
charge more during periods of peak demand. It's just a sound business
decision, not a conspiracy.
If it's a sound business decision, then why did Obama
have to pour borrowed money into smart meters? Don't
utilities know more about what their costs are, how to
reduce them, what eqpt to buy, than Obama and the libs?
<What exactly was the real problem that these smart meters
fixed that made their deployment cost worth it? Or was it some
of the Obama green energy boondogle money?>
Smart meters enable the power company to easily determine what areas and
customers are without power after a major storm. Without power at the
meter, they do not report in and that information can be used to draw up
maps of what areas need the greatest repair resources.
No, it's not an "Obama green energy boondoggle" but thinking so could easily
be characterized as "Obama Derangement Syndrome" especially when obvious
benefits of the new technology are overlooked in an attempt to score some
pretty small political points. Sheesh.
Smart businessmen should realize that some people are willing to pay a
premium for "green" things and capitalize on that willingness to spend.
Dumb ones kvetch about it but don't make a cent.
If it's all so important and economically viable for the utilities,
pays for itself, etc, then why did Obama's stimulus pour money we
into smart meters? That sure sounds like an Obama green energy
to me. Take money that we don't have and use it to pay for things
that should fund themselves.
The smart businessmen were the ones that were politically connected so
that they could get the US taxpayers to pay for it. Actually, future
USA taxpayers, since a lot of it was borrowed money.
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