What is the problem? The grid was built out in the 1940's and 1960's, its too small and too old for the job its being made to do. Like sticking a Volkswagen Beetle motor in a Mac truck, it can pull the truck up the hill, but if you load the truck up to maximum, it breaks.
Experts on the nation's electricity system point to a frighteningly steep increase in non-disaster-related outages affecting at least 50,000 consumers.
During the past two decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent -- up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005, according to research at the University of Minnesota.
In the most recently analyzed data available, utilities reported 36 such outages in 2006 alone.
"It's hard to imagine how anyone could believe that -- in the United States -- we should learn to cope with blackouts," said University of Minnesota Professor Massoud Amin, a leading expert on the U.S. electricity grid.
What is the Liberals/DemocRats solution to this problem? Windmills and RATIONING.
Amin supports construction of a nationwide "smart grid" that would avert blackouts and save billions of dollars in wasted electricity.In a nutshell, a smart grid is an automated electricity system that improves the reliability, security and efficiency of electric power. It more easily connects with new energy sources, such as wind and solar, and is designed to charge electric vehicles and control home appliances via a so-called "smart" devices.
A little known property of "smart grid" systems is they allow the electric company to decide how much power your individual house gets at any given time, and how much you are going to pay for that power on a minute by minute basis. A fully implemented smart grid would be able to control your home appliances, such at the thermostat of your air conditioner. Really.
Carvallo jokes about the so-called "Easy Button" at Austin Energy. It's not really a big red button on the wall, but it is a mechanism that allows an operator to control tens of thousands of home thermostats.
"Austin is two to three years ahead of everybody else," said Carvallo, now chief strategy officer for the smart grid software firm Grid Net.
Rather than build additional transmission capacity to handle the increased demand, or God forbid build some redundancy into the system so it doesn't black-out New York, or Toronto, or the whole North East when something breaks, these socialists are going to take control of your house from you, and make you pay for it. And you will pay handsomely, never doubt it.
Building a national smart grid "won't be cheap and it wont be easy," acknowledged Amin. Much of it could be completed as soon as 2030 at a cost of up to $1.5 trillion, according to the Department of Energy. It's unclear who would foot the entire bill, but the Obama administration has committed about $4 billion in investment grants.
Remember friends, YOU ARE STUPID. You must be CONTROLLED. Electricity is not a commodity that you buy, it is the property of the government, a precious service which they will dole out to you in carefully measured amounts, in case you stupid, stupid people might <gasp!> waste some of it.
By the way, anyone who thinks a system as complex and messy as the US national electric grid can be safely automated down to the level of every thermostat in the country is a maniac. CNN didn't mention that part. That Smart Meter on your house is a little PC that runs Linux and phones home by WiFi. A kid could hack it, and in fact lots of kids have already. Feel safer?
My advice, two things. Buy a generator to protect the food in your fridge (add up what's in there, you can pay for a generator with one saved freezer load most likely) and start raising all kinds of hell with your Conservative representatives and party. Don't even bother with liberals, they are in love with this thing. Control every light switch in the nation? Oh yeah, liberals have a major woody for that idea. We're talking mahogany, baby.