Monday, December 03, 2012


HECO’s Hoax

By Henry Curtis

Imagine reading something in plain English, easy and enjoyable to read, yet covering a technical subject.

Imagine the author having impressive scientific credentials yet understanding that most of his readers are not nerds.

Imagine reading something about a cutting edge issue and understanding not only the flaws in the current costly plan but also understanding the alternative.

In November 2012, Timothy Schoechle, Ph.D. wrote Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid.  It was published by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy.


“The United States’ utility system has grown fat and complacent, shielded by an indulgent regulatory system that has masked market realities, insulating utilities from the consumer.”

“The smart meter is a canard—a story or a hoax based on specious and grandiose claims about energy benefits ostensibly derived from the promise of “two-way” communication with the customer.”

“Another important limitation to the centralized utility approach is that it positions the utility as the “gatekeeper” and controller of the “gateway” to the consumer and his home.”

“What is needed is not meter data flowing out of the premises, but rather grid load, time-of-use signals, or electricity transactional data flowing into the premises so that the premises can manage its own energy.”

“Smart metering systems are highly arcane and non-engineers tend to assume unquestioningly that the smart meter is a vital part of smart grid technology.”

“The smart meter has spawned a parasitic market pyramid structure that diverts financial resources, regulatory policy, and technical innovation onto ancillary and unproductive paths.”

“The key technical changes needed to enable transformation to a new sustainable energy economy focus on

1) designing and implementing the means to replace baseload generation with renewable generation—preferably distributed and localized, and augmented by renewables with

2) flexible generation and storage, and

3) advanced supply/demand response smart grid technology, including end-user situated power and storage management technologies and transactional control strategies.”


Arenʻt pyramid schemes illegal?

Smart meters were just a marketing hype and the customers were, not just the consumer, but the electric company CEOs and the government. Spending OUR money of course.

I never gave them permission to break the law in my name and engage in a pyramid scheme, gamble or bet.

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