A recent survey by North Central College Students shows that 57% of Naperville electricity buyers do not understand the benefits of the $22 million smart grid now under construction by the city. Allow me to give you the Cliff Notes version: You'll save money on your electricity bill if you are willing to do your laundry in the wee hours of the night.
The purpose of the 50,000 'smart' meters is to tell the city when you are using electricity. Electric rates will then change, with high rates during peak times (typically days) and lower rates during slack times (typically nights). If you're willing and able to shift your electricity use to nights, you might save money. If you don't fancy showering, baking, vacuuming, etc. at 3a m the smart grid will probably not save you any money. Worse, if you're unwilling to change your ways, the smart grid is likely to cost you even more money than today.
Oh sure,.the city promises, via their 'Smart Grid Bill of Rights', that you can continue to pay a flat rate for your electricity and skip the variable rate plan. But the Bill of Rights says nothing about how high or low that flat rate can be relative to the variable rates.
It's important to remember that President Obama promised us that “electricity rates must necessarily skyrocket”, that he is directing the EPA to make sure that happens, and that his administration is paying for half the cost of Naperville's smart grid initiative. There is a connection.
When the flat rates and the day rates start to rise precipitously, the night rates will be touted as a way for consumers to 'save money'. Of course only a tiny percentage of Naperville residents will actually be able to shift their electric use to take advantage of the lower rates, but that doesn't really matter to Obama and the so-called green movement. They want electricity rates to skyrocket and the smart grid is just a fig leaf to cover their naked assault on your electricity rates.
City residents have spoken on the wisdom of the smart grid. They said no. Sixty-six percent of residents in the North Central College survey said they do not want a variable rate electric plan, which is the whole point of the Smart Grid. The question is why weren't residents consulted before the city committed $11 million to this boondoggle? And with two out of three residents opposed to the initiative, why does the project continue?