What is the smart grid?

March 25, 2009, 8:29 AM PST | Length: 167


At the Green: Net '09 Conference in San Francisco, Jesse Berst, managing director of Global Smart Energy, breaks the smart grid down into three components: smart devices, two-way communication, and advanced control systems. He explains what each component adds but says it's not just about the components--it's also the value you can build on top of them.

8 comments
gfuentes5
gfuentes5

I believe that our Utilities are not seeing the long term picture. Imagine a world where you forget to pay your utility bill on time and the Utility threatens to turn off your TV! The next step is, a few days grace period then they turn off your Internet access, next comes your coffee pot, then finally if you still haven't contacted them on payment they turn off your entire Electrical Panel! Never even having to send an employee to your home! That is the kind of thinking that comes from a Democratic, Big Government Policy of Reduced Freedoms and the enforcement of Green Agendas, Like it or Not! The better alternative is to CREATE JOBS by rethinking big utilities altogether! Lets put Solar panels on every home. Let's go a bit better and make all homes 100% DC POWER! Manufacture new appliances that run on pure 48 or 96 volts DC ! New refrigerators, washers, dryers, LED lamps that never need changing, and entertainment systems that run on DC only! LETS REALLY GO GREEN and ELIMINATE THE GRID COMPLETELY, or at least keep only one circuit to charge our batteries when its cloudy outside. This method eliminates half of the solar panels and ELIMINATES the EXPENSIVE INVERTER while creating a new industry for working class people! Half the number of batteries... the advantages are endless! Not to mention making every home in America TERRORIST PROOF!

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Of course the utilities are seeing the long term picture. They keep their lock on your energy supply, it get's scarcer and more expensive and they maximise shareholder value. What possible reason is there for a business to reduce demand? Capitalism 101... Idea is sound, your reasoning for doing it cripples it as much as Al Gore fronting a "Green" reduce air miles bill.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

[i]Imagine a world where you forget to pay your utility bill on time and the Utility threatens to turn off your TV! [/i] You live in that world now. Imagine something else...

santeewelding
santeewelding

Bullet hole.

santeewelding
santeewelding

I put what I said to Boxfiddler, full aware of saying it in a public forum. One, I said it to B., and, two, I said it to pique you or anyone else looking. What I said was an extension of an earlier, offline correspondence I shared with B. I will share the crux of that correspondence with you. It being, that some will not know of the appearance of a bullet hole between their eyes, collapsed as they are into their bailiwick. Edited: forgive me my further transgression for not having inserted the missing "i" -- I had to squint to see it. And, then, an "a".

gfuentes5
gfuentes5

sure putting a bullet through the electrical panel will keep the utility from snooping in on your private usage... or did you insinuate something more dastardly...kind of like what the AIG execs are getting in their inboxes from pissed off citizens???:

gfuentes5
gfuentes5

Obviously, but doing it remotely and trying to create an entire "big brother" network is what is scary. It is going from concept to reality if this Smart Grid is deployed. The Government wants a way to have FULL CONTROL over us, and that is not what democracy is about. If there were an alternative, it would be the OFF THE GRID solution, and less government intrusion...Not MORE!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

can you avail yourself of the resources provided by the Internet without inserting yourself into the grid.