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  •  Imagine (0+ / 0-)

    20% efficient thin film on east and west facing windows, more PV on the roof @ 50%, solar can generate from nearly sunrise to sunset.

    Reality is not too far away, 12% thin film, 39% PV.

    I see, the meter, does not know about any batteries, so it cant measure what they do......

    Maybe in 2025 we be installing fuel cells in houses as a common thing......

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 11:03:15 PM PDT

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    •  smart meters, fuel cells.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Here's how "smart meters" watch every detail of your life:

      There's a light you turn on every morning for about a half hour, and then for five minutes at a time a few times a night, except that once a night, usually after dinner, you turn it on for ten or fifteen minutes.

      That would be your bathroom light, and now the power company knows when you get up, when you shower, when you pee, and when you poop.  

      There's a 35-watt load that's on for a few hours every evening, and a 160-watt load that's on for a few other hours every evening.  

      Now they know when you're online and when you're watching TV.  

      There goes another 15 watts for about 15 seconds, a few times during the day and a few more at night.  

      That would be the light in your fridge, and now they know when you're eating your meals and snacks.  

      Oh, and that 900-watt load that has the distinctive signature of a motor?   Now they know when you vacuum your house.   And another 300-watt motor that cycles on and off a bunch of times during an hour?   Now they know when you're washing clothes.   And the 2400-watt load that goes on after that: they're doubly sure you just washed clothes because that one is your dryer.  

      And what about that 60-watt motor for 1/2 hour late Friday night?   Hmm!, looks an awful lot like an electric vibrator, from which we can deduce that your attempt at getting a date failed so you decided to wank it instead.  

      See, only a pervert wants to actually watch you while you're having a great big stinky poop, or watch you while you're wanking away.  For purposes of surveillance, for purposes of predicting your life, and thereby controlling you, they don't have to see you shit much less smell it (though that's coming too, keyword search "smart toilet"), they just have to know when you shit, and when you eat, and when you wash, and when you relax, and when you do housework, etc.   The value of the data is equally good without them getting an eyeful of your butt on the pot or staring over your shoulder at dinner time.  

      It's all about predicting you and thereby controlling you.   And when the data are sold to third parties and correlated with other data: oh-ho!, now the cable TV company can see that you're getting up to get snacks when you should be dutifully watching the commercials!  Now we're going to time-shift the commercials so they reset to begin again 30 seconds after that pesky light in the fridge has turned off!

      How the battery bank prevents all that:

      It blurs your power usage.  All the power company sees is the average load over the course of the day, spread out equally across the 24 hours.   When you turn on the bathroom light, or when you open the fridge door, or etc. etc. etc., that usage draws down the battery, and the power from the mains replaces it over a longer period of time.  

      Ideally you'd also have a motor-generator set, connected between the grid and your household wiring: that plus the batteries totally isolates your house from the power lines, mechanically as well as electrically, so not even the ubiquitous RF from anything with a CPU chip in it, can get back to the power line where some snoopy bastard is reading it.  

      As for fuel cells, yeah maybe but cost plus the fire/explosion hazard of all that pesky hydrogen, tend to count against them becoming a practical choice.  

      •  I'm not against smart meters...PG&E installed one (0+ / 0-)

        on my hose about 2 years ago. Big deal. Means nothing for anyone I know in my town.

        Secondly, residential load is only about 30% of the load, the majority being for industry and commercial establishments. Growth wipes out gains in 'negawatts', with or without smart meters.

        DW

        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 08:40:51 AM PDT

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