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Thin-Band RF Meshes

July 21, 2010

…I have been talking about the fact that narrow-band network solutions for the grid (e.g RF Mesh) are not able to deliver real-time data needs, do not support 100% Internet Protocol, do not have performance management tools, are not built with open standards, and cannot be integrated with complex systems (e.g. SCADA/EMS, solar PV panels, electric vehicles, electric charging equipment, and energy storage equipment)...”  Andres Carvallo, former CIO, Austin Energy

What happened…

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The Data Blizzard

July 20, 2010

–>A new and unprecedented volume of data is coming your way

You can either plan for it, and figure out how to secure it before the deluge starts, or you can simply let it all come and hope that the sheer volume of it will bury the evidence of your obvious lack of security forethought. –>Smart Grid Security Blog, 01 June 2010

Once again, it should be emphasized that the network is the first to be hit:  Take a look at what your network’s in for…

SG Security and RF Meshes…20Jul10 [gbcn]

Smart Grids and the People They Serve

June 26, 2010

Utility regulators are powerful folks — much like oil companies in some ways.  They control the electrical energy distribution monopoly.

Utility regulators are quite comfortable dealing with large concepts.  How the FCC’s ambition with broadband services plays out, who owns and protects the consumer’s data that will be generated and transmitted over these smart grids, and most importantly, how NERC thinks that feed-in tariffs such be used to develop renewable resources  …not to mention the implementation of new pipeline safety rules.

John Wellinghoff, chair of FERC, says electric distribution companies need to RETHINK their strategies.  Smart Grids should not just be about getting a two-way communicating meter into the house.  It’s simply not enough.  There needs to be tools so that consumers can learn and understand, application by application, where they can manage energy usage by each appliance they have, and respond accordingly.

This Maryland PSC decision about BG&E’s $835 million smart grid proposal was about  customers beginning to pay a surcharge to cover the costs of the project LONG BEFORE they would reap any benefits from the new meters — also the “time-of-use” rates that charge residential customers higher electricity prices at peak times would be MANDATORY.

This Smart Grid project is seen by the Maryland PSC as a classic utility infrastructure investment that should be recovered through distribution rates, NOT in supplement surcharges that begin long before customers can realize any benefits from the project.

The Maryland PSC refused to “depart from the core principle that utilities recover infrastructure investments through distribution rates.”

I continue to write this in one forum after another and on our blog — the benefits of the smart grid must first be identified and accepted by the rate-payer, and then fairly apportioned to the utility.   One application at a time, NOT one smart grid system at a time.

The division of benefits of the smart grid between the utility and the rate-payers must be fair and reasonable — this is the simple responsibility that the utility regulators continue to oversee.