A Grid That’s Smarter than You
Frankly, I suspect the whole “clean energy” thing is a fad that will wind up costing much more money than it saves or than the benefits justify (catastrophically so as we dip into cap-and-trade-type policies). But whatever. There are so many ways that the government is wasting money and economic strength that it’s difficult to isolate just one about which to be outraged. But I’m still suspicious about unspoken intentions with “smart grids.” Consider:
A smarter grid, for example, might help hook wind farms in North Dakota with power consumers in Chicago and synchronize those consumers’ energy use to match the times when the wind blows strongest.
It would be helpful, certainly, to be able to set timers on appliances, and even to have a setting that will run them when power is least expensive, but the push could head in a different direction. If the grid and the people who run it are the ones “synchronizing” supply and use, it’s conceivable that you’d set your dishwasher to run at some point in the next 24 hours, and the government would choose the specifics. (What if you miss your slot? Well, that’s a bit too deep into speculation even for me.)
I’m not saying it’s worth getting hyped up about, but the issue meets phraseology in a way that’s worthy of attention moving forward.