By Mark Halper
Posting in Energy
In Dustin Hoffman's The Graduate, the future resided in 'just one word' - plastics. Today, the future is double-barreled - smart meters, says Northeast Group. Northeast, are you trying to seduce us?
In Dustin Hoffman's The Graduate, the future resided in "just one word" - plastics. Today, the future would appear to be double barrelled: smart meters.
According to a report by Northeast Group LLC, the market for smart meters in emerging market countries alone could hit $49 billion by 2020. The Washington, D.C. based research firm has identified 25 nations that it says will have an average GDP growth rate of 4.3 percent over the next 5 years, compared to 1.7 percent for more mature economies.
These 25 countries are ripe for development of intelligent electricity grid schemes, underpinned by smart meters that will help manage and save energy use and support the introduction of renewable energy sources.
"These countries will represent a smart metering market alone of at least $27 billion and could reach $49 billion by 2020," Northeast says in a press release announcing its report, Emerging Markets Smart Grid: 25-Country Overview.
"The majority of smart grid activity to-date has taken place in well known markets in North America, Western Europe and East Asia," the release states. "These developed markets represent more than 95% of the current installed base of smart meters worldwide. However, there are a number of very attractive emerging market countries that have not received as much coverage and have very strong potential for smart metering and other smart grid projects. We view these 25 countries as representing the next wave of activity worldwide."
The report says that 11 of the 25 countries will begin smart grid deployment over the next 1-to-3 years: Brazil, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates.
The $49 billion forecast does not even include China or India. To paraphrase another famous line from the 1967 film: "Northeast, are you trying to seduce us?"
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Dec 19, 2011
I live in Boulder, CO, which was the site of the first "Smart Grid City" installation. This included our power company Xcel installing a "fiber to the curb" network to each customer, installing smart meters which could potentially send usage info to Xcel for each appliance, and other upgrades. Unfortunately, it was a bust, and the project has been abandoned. There were a variety of problems. One included cost overruns -- installation of the fiber network cost $45 million instead of the projected $15 million (Boulder has a population of only 100,000). There was a lack of standards and devices to convert appliances to make them smart grid compatible. There were questions about security. Xcel was accused of mismanagement. For this and a variety of other reasons, Boulder recently decided to separate from Xcel and start its own power utility. It can't afford the fiber network, so it will go dark (there's a big dispute over how much Boulder should pay Xcel for Xcel's current infrastructure in Boulder).
SMART METER PRIVACY VIOLATIONS. 1. Must-See 4-minute youtube video on Smart meters http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER. 2. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless smart meters (& some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B Carcinogen List. http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf 3. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH Feb 2011 found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation. http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract 4. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed??? (1) Human Cell Damage??? (2) DNA Chain Breaks ???(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier??? from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters. http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/ 5. INSURANCE COMPANIES Hired Independent Laboratory Scientists and they also observed Cell Damage and DNA Chain Breaks. Now Insurance Companies will NOT Insure Liability damage from Wireless Smart meters and other wireless devices.??? TV Video (3 minutes) http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382 ??? Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user???s discretion, but Smart meters mounted on homes are emitting radiation 24/7 and can not be shut off. 6. WIRELESS SMART METERS ??? 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.??? Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes) http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/??? ??? 7. WIRELESS SMART METERS ??? CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS. ???Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes) ???http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946 ??? 8. THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.??? 2-page Press Release ???http://www.scribd.com/doc/48148346/Karolinska-Institute-Press-Release 9. RADIATION MEASURED FROM SMART METER MOUNTED ON A HOME (once active in the utility system) SHOWS RADIATION TRANSMISSION PULSES APPROXIMATELY ONCE EVERY FOUR SECONDS 24 HOURS PER DAY traveling through the bodies and brains of the inhabitants of that home. ???Youtube Video (6 minutes, 1st minute is sufficient) ???http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRejDxBE6OE PG$E, California???s Utility Monopoly, recently admitted that each smart meter mounted on a home transmits radiation between 10,000 and 190,000 times each day. This admission corrected previous false statements repeated often by many utility companies across the country. ??? NOTE: many of the tests on non-ionizing radiation (the type of radiation emitted by smart meters) have been done using devices other than smart meters because smart meters have only been in people???s homes for a very short time. But as a Wireless smart meter emits 100 times more radiation than a cell phone, it is not difficult to project. If a machine gun (smart meter) fires 100 bullets in the same time that a pistol (cell phone) fires one bullet, it is not difficult to project the harm that the machine gun can do, even if the tests were done with the pistol. CUSTOMER UTILITY BILLS AFTER SMART METERS INSTALLED. 10. Skyrocketing Utility Bills after installation TV News Video (3 minutes) http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63581287.html?tab=video 11. Systemic Smart Meter Billing Errors Over 200% Uncovered in Australia TV News Video (7 minutes) http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/money/article/-/10241945/power-scandal-exposed/ - video NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS DUE TO SMART METERS. 12. CIA Director James Woolsey calls Smart grid ???Stupid??? due to National Security problems caused by so-called smart meters. News Video (1 minute) http://www.energynow.com/video/2011/08/10/preview-mix-james-woolsey
I await my Smart Meter installation. I have 25 years of manually recorded power usage readings on my spreadsheet. I want to automate my usage onto my computer to better manage my usage & costs. I bet there are really bad meters and really good meters, as I don't think there is just one supplier. Continuous broadcast signals from great distances, such as satellite TV, must be far stronger than a utilities cellular transmitions to a relatively local receiver.