SMART METERS: NO STATE OR FEDERAL MANDATE
By: Justin and Elizabeth Padgett
Texans Against Smart Meters Leadership
February 2, 2014
The 2005 and 2007 Energy Bills were written to promote the smart grid and smart grid technologies, but they did not include any federal mandate for a wireless smart meter adoption and did not include any requirement that smart meters, wireless or wired, should be forced on all consumers.[i]
No one can be forced to comply with an unrevealed contract between private corporations to which you were never a party and had no knowledge about.
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 shifted tax liabilities from corporations who were already making record profits, onto the public.
Under PURPA[ii] (Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act) utility companies which were qualified under federal standards were able to recover from ratepayers any capital, operating expenditures or other costs of the smart grid investment, including a reasonable rate-of-return. Utilities were also allowed to recover remaining book value of obsolete equipment such as analogue meters. This bill is actually a huge tax bill forcing the public to pick up the costs of 100 percent of the smart meters and smart grid with a profit margin written into it. This is being sold as carbon reduction, energy efficiency, energy conservation, while all the time customers are being subjected to data mining, unwarranted surveillance, and health hazards. These taxes are applied to energy bills in different ways but will never reduce consumption or make more energy sources efficient or secure. It has been stated by various experts that the smart grid is 100 percent vulnerable to hacking.
Presently there is a 4 billion dollar tax/bailout being proposed by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas for huge energy companies who have not recouped their guaranteed profits.
If the DOE (Department of Energy) has no lawful authority in regards to implementation of PURPA, why is it involving itself in funding reports such as the Alan Rivaldo report for the Texas Public Utilities Commission?[iii]
Under PURPA, states must consider standards to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, but this does not mean that the states must comply as there is no law to force compliance of the states.[iv]
In 2005, the legislature passed HB 2129, encouraging the adoption of digital meter technology throughout Texas.[v]
Two years later, HB 3693 was passed stating that net metering and advanced meter data networks be deployed as rapidly as possible to better manage energy use and control cost.[vi]
Nowhere in this bill are electric utilities required to mandate smart meters. In fact, Chairman Donna Nelson appeared before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in the United States House of Representatives in September of 2011 and stated, “the state legislature encouraged deployment but did not mandate it.”[vii]
At a time when America teetered on the brink of financial collapse as a result of a corrupted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Wall Street and corporate bankers, our leaders chose to use this time of crisis to finance a gigantic assault on the public which would further a police state while catering to and enriching corporations, political donors, Public Private Partnerships, and themselves.
Congress freely packed the Commerce Department and Department of Energy with billions of bailout dollars under the guise of the Economic Stabilization Act and the Stimulus 2009 package to obtain access to individual states in the form of grants.
This allowed the DOE and other unlawfully created federal agencies to divvy out these grants to PPPs, corporations, government agencies, “stakeholders” and other political donors because the “council of governors” jumped on board with the thought of free cash to their cronies. This put every taxpayer on the hook by forcing them to subsidize the capital investment and expansion of privately owned utilities, in addition to guaranteeing profits to these companies that were funded by the bailout and stimulus bills in the first place.
The Smart Grid is nothing more than a huge tax on the American public, charging consumers time of day prices in 15 minute increments. This grid cannot and does not bring more efficient use of energy, and it never was meant to. The intent of the grid is to move the energy market toward a capacity market which guarantees profits for years to come for the fat cats on Wall Street and their political cronies, and it is meant to gouge you, the American taxpayer.
This isn’t about conservation of energy or any of the other environmental platitudes that are put out as propaganda to foist these deadly meters on an unsuspecting public. It is simply a ploy to unlawfully spy on private citizens while extorting the public for corporate profits and political hacks.