• Smart Meters a Dumb Idea

    Dear Council People:
    Special Council Meter Meeting Wed @ 6 pm

    PG & E will pass the excessive cost of these 10.4 million new meters on to consumers @$245 per meter= $2.5 billion. It will take about 40 years to recoup the savings of not having meter readers anymore. By that time the meters may wear out and need to be replaced again. This is a bad investment that consumers will pay for.

    Here from a recent Wall Street Journal article on Smart Meters: Smart Meters a Dumb Idea

    “Concerns have arisen in California, too, where the state’s three big investor-owned utilities are expected to spend at least $4.3 billion for millions of new meters by 2012. Utilities already are looking at variable-pricing programs designed to discourage heavy use of electricity during peak periods like hot summer days. The meters, they hope, will make variable pricing more effective by giving people clear incentives to decrease energy use when wholesale energy prices are highest.

    “But consumer advocates in California also complain about the cost. ‘There are cheaper ways to meet the goal of reducing energy use,’ says Marcel Hawiger, an attorney for The Utility Reform Network, or TURN, in San Francisco, a consumer advocacy organization.

    “For instance, Mr. Hawiger favors expanding existing air conditioner-cycling programs, where utilities have the ability to control air conditioners so they take turns coming on and off, reducing the drag on the electric system. He says the air-conditioner controllers can provide much of the benefit at a fraction the cost of installing millions of smart meters. These programs control temperature settings and compressors to reduce overall energy use.”

    Full Wall Street Journal Article at:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124050416142448555.html

    Vincent Tuminello

    Pacific Grove



    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 7, 2011

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News, Opinion


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