In the future, we will all get more than power for paying our monthly electrical bill. We will also be paying to be controlled from afar, all in what San Diego Gas and Electric Company likes to think is our best interests.

According to Michael Niggli, chief operating officer of both SDG&E and Southern California Gas, SDG&E's smart grid implementation will eventually include SDG&E's on-off control of household appliances in individual San Diego homes.

Among Niggli's comments to IBM's Andrew Nusca: “We’re making sure the marketplace is prepared. Let’s start at the house. When I think of interoperability, my first thought is at the smart meter — the interface point between our customers and the grid. The smart meter is truly an enabler of new technologies. Our company will be the first utility in the United States to have all of its customers on smart meters, to finish in the latter half of 2011. That allows our customers to have a lot better information about their consumption patterns and therefore they can know more about when to consume. We send them price signals that help them conserve and shift their load. Secondly, we link through to appliances. Ultimately there are going to be chips in your air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers and garage that allow communication, telling their homes how to react to heat waves and so forth.”

So far, the implementation has not been flawless, including neighborhood blackouts from remote smart meter software upgrades, installation then replacement of hackable smart meters, and dual dependencies on networks that the United States Secret Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency have cited as prone to terrorist and foreign military cyberattack. According to SDG&E, PG&E, and SCE attorneys in their Wildfire Expense balancing Account (WEBA) A0908020 application, public power utilities cannot be expected to follow all safety regulations at all times nor can those utilities be responsible for employee negligence.

California's Public Utilities Code plainly states that the acts of a public utility employee are the acts of the public utility.

I am starting to wonder if Niggli has ever seen the Governator in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Personally, I have to ask: If smart meters are installed in everyone's home but 95% of the local power grid consists of power lines that remain overhead until 2063, how smart of a grid is that?

Isn't this like trying to turn a B-17 from World War II into a supersonic stealth aircraft with a flat black paint job and nitrous oxide bottles?

SDG&E's Niggli states, “The smart meter is truly an enabler of new technologies”: Currently, SDG&E has no idea of small business and consumer consumption patterns on anything less than a monthly basis. Smart meters are the enabler of SDG&E's proposed PeakShift at Work/PeakShift at Home (PSW/PSH) A1007009 rate hike. According to SDG&E attorneys who filed the A1007009 application with California's Public Utilities Commission, PSW/PSH is designed to send consumers a price signal to leave the daytime business hour electricity market through prices that may be as much as ten times higher than evening and weekend small business and residential rates. If a customer of SDG&E is a small business or a residential power customer and a smart meter has already been installed, get ready for some daytime rate increases. For those residents who don't want to opt into PSH, SDG&E has already requested authority from CPUC to bill all customers $118 million, paying for advertising to us that paying more for the same amount of daytime business hour electricity is somehow to our benefit.

SDG&E's Niggli states, “We send them price signals that help them conserve and shift their load.”: See the attorney language in the A1007009 application about the plan to drive residential and small business customers (but not large commercial accounts) from the daytime business hour electricity market through “price signals”.

SDG&E's Niggli states, “Ultimately there are going to be chips in your air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers and garage that allow communication, telling their homes how to react to heat waves and so forth.”: Now, in software, we tend to refer to this as a trojan or a worm, something virus-like and potentially malicious, which is why we should all have a firewall running along with anti-virus guarding software active and running. By law and CPUC regulations, SDG&E is an energy industry public utility, meaning that it sells natural gas and electricity to customers who use delivered natural gas and electricity as we see fit; we bought it, and typically under California law, we get to say how we use it, or we really don't own what SDG&E delivered beyond their side of the meter to us, smart meter or not. With 21st-century smart meters slapped onto a dumb 20th-century grid, our future appliances will now be told electronically to shut down based on SDG&E's preferences, not ours. I don't think any of us really want to pay for that. In addition, people who work away from home during the day may find that it is to Sempra Energy's SDG&E advantage to have everyone's appliances running full blast when nobody is looking, like what was done to California as a whole by Enron and others in the 2000 Energy Crisis. CPUC already recognizes that Sempra Energy takes money out of SDG&E for shareholder dividends that SDG&E could have used to put power lines underground or make other infrastructure improvements. Right now, the only infrastructure improvements that Sempra Energy seems interested in are in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Mexico, as one stated purpose by SDG&E for PSW/PSH is to avoid building power plants in San Diego.

Thanks to SDG&E's Niggli for cluing us all in.


Niggli quote source:

http://www.smartplanet.com/business/blog/smart-takes/sdge-coo-mike-niggli-cost-effective-smart-grid-storage-the-holy-grail-for-utilities/8359/

SDG&E PeakShift A1007009 Application:

http://www.sdge.com/regulatory/documents/a-10-07-009/Application.pdf

Comments

RobertW Oct. 20, 2010 @ 1:14 a.m.

LOTS OF FALSE INFORMATION FROM SAN DIEGO GAS.

  1. Customer information from Smart Meters is less effective and less accessible than a magnet on your refrigerator with energy costs of different appliances and at different hours, etc.

In order to even attempt to analyze the so-called "Smart Meter" information by going on line, people would have to spend thousands of dollars to purchase all new appliances that are wirelessly & digitally compatible with these new and radiation emitting WIRELESS METERS.

Once SDG has information on what hours we use the most power, they will raise rates during those times and 99% of our bills will increase, not decrease as SDG pretends.

  1. 1000's of skilled jobs will be lost and some will be replaced with phone center operators that will read a script to frustrated and dissatisfied customers.

Reduction of trained people in the field and reduction of human customer contact is extremely dangerous as the deaths in San Bruno, California confirm where Smart Meters were installed.

  1. The Smart GRID involves moving energy from region to region as needed. It does NOT require dangerous radiation emitting WIRELESS METERS on homes.

  2. There are 53 Peer Reviewed Scientific Studies that show that even low levels of RF radiation, which comes from these meters, are extremely dangerous to people, particularly children.

These electronic radiation-emitting meters are going 24 hours per day, so there is no recovery time for adults to rejuvenate from the previous day. For children, the night time sleeping hours are when their bodies are sending millions of specific electronic signals from the brain to cells and amongst cells for proper growth and development of their bodies, organs and systems. They do not need electronic interference or electronic "noise" while they sleep. Because the electronic interference is invisible does not make it any less harmful.

  1. If something is 99.999% sure, Science does not say it is "Proven." That is how the $3.7 Trillion telecommunication industry says no "Proof" of danger. But 99.999% is sufficient for you and I to not allow our children and families to be subjected to it unnecessarily.

  2. 20 cities and counties have requested stopping the installation of Smart Meters. Each has done their own research and come to the same conclusion.

  3. So-called Smart Meters transmit to, receive from, and repeat the other meter's signals in your community. SDG calls it a "MESH NETWORK." The millions of repeated and redundant signals look like a dense window screen, but three-dimensional and invisible, and YOU AND I AND OUR CHILDREN WILL BE IN IT 24 HOURS PER DAY. This saves SDG&E the cost of sending the signals through shielded cables.

WIRE THE METERS AND SEND THE SIGNALS THROUGH SHIELDED CABLES!

Watch this short video on wireless radiation - it might save your kid's life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsf1uj...

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a2zresource Oct. 20, 2010 @ 9:05 a.m.

RE #2:

There is already at least one formal consumer "complaint" to have California's Public Utilities Commission reverse itself regarding the installation of smart meters in the San Francisco region.

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