June 22, 2009
Go green. What does that mean to you? Up until recently I’d guess most of you would say the extent of your “go-green” commitment was recycling. Increasingly, going green means digging deeper into already stretched out pockets.
This brings me to the Smart Grid. KCP&L is constructing a new Iatan 2 power plant or a smart grid…or a control grid.
KCPL recently announced a rate hike of 14.4% per bill or on average $10.36 per month to fund the project. The Fox affiliate in Kansas City also reported the increase must receive approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Citizen’s Utility Rate Payer Board. It will pass, rate hikes always do. Just ask yourself, when was the last time your bills actually decreased? Read the entire article (here).
Job creation, cleaner fuel, more efficient customer responses to customer needs are all great benefits for this new power plant. However the cons do not out weigh the pros, it tosses them completely off the seesaw. There is no question this new project is a smarter more efficient system. Customers will literally be able to access their thermostat from anywhere, even their IPhone. However, so will the power company. They will have as much power over your thermostat as you do. Currently, KCP&L offers this type of intrusion by way of the Energy Optimizer. This voluntarily allows the power company to decide what temperature setting is best for you and your family. On KCP&L’s website, under Energy Optimizer it reads:
Energy Optimizer participants help control system peak demands during summer months. On the hottest weekday afternoons from May through September, demands on KCP&L’s system are the highest. At these times, we may either raise your temperature a few degrees, or cycle the air conditioning compressor off and on for 15-minute increments for no more than 4 hours. (www.kcpl.com)
In 2005 Transmission and Distribution World reported on the new plant. One of the features promoted were these: Partnerships with customers to save energy and money — implementing proposed affordability, efficiency and demand response programs that leverage new technologies, working with customers to more effectively use electricity and manage their energy costs.
“Save energy and money.” How do you save energy AND money? By setting the A/C at 82 degrees in the summer and the heater at 65 degrees in the winter. Austerity is in. Get by on the bare minimum, you don’t need all of that. Why do you need that SUV? Why do you need that truck? Why do you need 70 degrees? Our President said it himself, we need to retrain our way of life in order to be green. "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times" Obama said back in May 2008.
Once the home’s energy consumption is monitored and recorded, the carbon-taxes will be imposed based on your consumption. (simply google cap and trade or carbon tax). That’s the bottom line. Going green has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with controlling and taxing every household in the nation. That will cost anywhere between $3000-$6000 per year. (Don Cope, The Daily Citizen) And that my friends is only the monetary cost.
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