2014 marks he 5 year mark for “laying the groundwork for market development” of the smart grid. What is important to understand, the smart meters are merely a portion of this plan. They have been working on the infrastructure for several years, even though deployment was not saturated in each state. The utilities have been working on upgrading, testing (without our knowledge), to accommodate the multiple functions this network will accommodate now and in the future. We are blanketed and unprotected by this wireless and wired power line communication (2 way communication), without our control of turning it off or escaping from the deadly radiation emissions, whether you have a meter on your home or not. Due to their lack of transparency and half truths; the utilities are counting on very little opposition…Sandaura
There are 10 states in the United States that are leading the national effort to deploy the smart grid, according to a new report.
Together, they have been awarded 42 percent, or $1.9 billion, of the $4.5 billion earmarked in the stimulus (officially, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) for the smart grid.
The 10 states, with corresponding amounts of stimulus they are receiving, are:
- California ($303.4 million)
- Colorado ($24.1 million)
- Florida ($467.2 million)
- Massachusetts ($28.29 million)
- New Jersey ($212.4 million)
- New York ($232.2 million)
- North Carolina ($403.5 million)
- Ohio ($142.4 million)
- Pennsylvania ($466.3 million)
- Texas ($285.6 million)
Among them, you can count projects by 43 different companies, from multimillion-meter projects in Texas to a pilot program to install 1,750 advanced meters by Western Massachusetts Electric.
“These 10 states are the laboratories for U.S. smart-grid policy, and their influence on the pace and scope of deployment is durable and growing,” report author and analyst Stephen Munro said. “Smart grid technology players will look to current state regulations for near-term activity as well as to anticipate how smart grid initiatives will adapt on a broader scale.”
About 5 percent of Americans were equipped with some form of smart grid technology by the end of 2009. That number is forecast to increase ten-fold over the next five years.