The process was quite simple. He merely signed a waiver granting the utility (aka The Party) unrestricted access to all data collected by the newly installed system in perpetuity. A week later they installed the system. Thereafter, my friend and assorted Party officials began enjoying the
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The smart meter system consists of three components. The first is a Bridge Meter which essentially “bridges” the main power supply entering the home and measures the amount of electricity being used. Via Wi-Fi, the Bridge Meter sends the information to the Transport Routing Device which then sends energy usage data to the utility company and anyone else monitoring the appropriate frequency. Comrade X, and certain “authorized” officials, can then access the information either through the Display which sits on the kitchen counter or through a Web portal.
The Display and Web portal provide simple and easy to understand information – a far cry from the standard electric meter and the cryptic monthly bills with their confusing numbers and symbols. In real time, he can now see how much energy he is using (rounded to the nearest kW) and how much he’s spent that day on electricity.
I explained to him that the same information is available through other non-intrusive methods, but he was overjoyed at the thought of providing this personal data to The Party as well. He marveled at the prospect of projecting his monthly total knowing that Party officials would be scrutinizing his usage.
“The People’s Energy must be distributed properly for the betterment of our environment.” he noted, adding enthusiastically that, “Now I can see when my power usage spikes and relate it back to various loads like air conditioning and appliances like the dryer and dishwasher.”
He wondered why the Party didn't have the ability to monitor each circuit in the house individually to see exactly what current each load required and at what time of day. “Perhaps that would be too complex.” he concluded. Give them time, I remarked.
Last night in an e-mail he wrote: “I’m definitely impressed with the hardware and software. Everything works seamlessly and accurately and is easy to interpret. I do like knowing more about how much energy is used by the various appliances in the house. I’ve always been conscious about energy consumption so I don’t know if the Smart Meter is going to drive much change in my behavior. Hopefully it will drive some changes in my teenagers’ behavior like turning out the lights! But I can see the future benefit. The Smart Meter does display the current cost of electricity. Since we’re all on flat rate plans, this means little now. But in the future when the cost of electricity is tiered based on demand and we have smart appliances in the home, I can definitely see how valuable it will be in scheduling appliances like dishwashers to run overnight or charging our electric cars. And for others who aren’t as conscious, I can see the Smart Meter as a catalyst of change. As the adage goes, what’s measured is improved!”
I later returned his e-mail noting that a meter smart enough to provide him all this information might be smart enough to regulate his usage. I haven’t heard back from him as of this writing.
The characters in the narrative were created in the spirit of Dear Leader’s fictionalized composite characters which are to be found in His autobiography.
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The following graph shows the widespread acceptance and excitement about the new Smart Meters in four different Maryland neighborhoods:
It makes it possible to send thought criminals to the Gulag in the Sky™ with the simple use of accumulated natural gas. One button does the job, and leaves no messy evidence behind.
It was useful in removing the Reaktionary elements in PEMEX Corporate building a few days ago...
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In a free country free enterprise would provide for more electricity at better rates. No one in their right minds would consider the rationing of electricity a solution.
Ummm... Do you commies see that in the most energy rich country ever known in the history of man we are starting to experience a shortage of electricity brought about by collectivist stupidity? And as always with you commies the scarcity is to be considered the new norm and the only way to deal with it is to institute rationing.