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Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the Commonweath Edison’s Smart Meter Bill, as you can see in this Chicago Trib article — Gov. Quinn’s Veto

This comment was posted at Smart Grid News’ coverage of the event on 14 Sep by a Mr. R. Perry:  “Meters are important because they measure total usage, which is important for billing.  It would be great if a smart meter could provide the customer with ancillary services, such as Energy Efficiency (EE) and Demand Response (DR), which would indeed justify their cost.

“But they don’t and can’t.  Smart meters report total usage, but Energy Efficiency and Demand Response don’t care about total usage.  EE and DR care about current usage.

“And you can’t determine current usage without real-time telemetry, which means broadband.  The only way to effectively do EE and DR is to use devices that measure current usage for individual loads (e.g., with smart two-way thermostats) report it to servers, which then control these loads in real time.

“Further, EE and DR do not care about whole home usage.  They care about individual loads that can be individually controlled — which cannot be done using a smart meter.

“Smart meters and their corresponding AMI  networks, simply cannot deliver on the promise, no matter how much PR and marketing is done.

“Smart meters are already obsolete.  Welcome to the world of the Internet.

Governor Quinn as well as Mr. Perry are concerned about utilities directly charging rate payers for utility cost-savers instead of customer benefits.

The Power Grid Network delivers a comprehensive solution that includes both utility and customer benefits, without overwhelming either constituency with their capital costs.





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