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GENERAL MEETING AND CELEBRATION
October 23, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
People are encouraged to bring their own beverage and a snack to share.
Join us to discuss what we do next to stop the smart meter deployment and shift the conversation to safely modernizing the electricity grid. Here are some highlights of recent happenings to start the discussion:
- Draft Opt-Out Policy public response – We have the results of our letter writing campaign. We submitted a Public Documents Request and there were over 530 letters written to Seattle City Light (SCL) rejecting “smart” meters and the ridiculous opt-out policy.
- Seattle City Council (SCC) Energy & Environment Committee asked SCL about delaying Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment – What would happen if the project were delayed for 3 years? or 6 years? SCL responded that a 6 year delay would effectively cancel the project. A 3 year delay would cost $25 million more. We’ve been meeting with SCC aides to encourage them to cancel the project during this year’s Budget cycle.
- Larry Weis (SCL General Manager) was the Keynote Speaker at the Smart Grid NW Annual Meeting. This group represents the market forces that are driving the need for a Smart Grid. They eagerly support AMI, because the data is valuable to emerging markets. Larry Weis downplayed the value of AMI, as just a meter upgrade and shared his vision that industrial sized, neighborhood batteries would be a good idea to support renewable energy. He also acknowledged that the business model needed to change by decoupling the utility’s revenue from the kilowatts used.
- Tony Kilduff, Council Central Staff, addressed the Council Energy & Environment Committee on 9/27 and made the shocking statement about residential usage going down and SCL having a shortfall of $120 million over the last 4 years despite increased customers and rates increased by 5.6% each year. Again, decoupling rates from revenue becomes a key point. Watch the discussion here at 3:17:26.
What Jeremy Rifkin wrote about in his book The Third Industrial Revolution, is already happening. Seattle City Light is losing money as the energy industry is becoming decentralized and user technology (like LED lighting) uses less energy. Decoupling the revenue from the rates means AMI will be obsolete.