The United States Government in the year 2009, embarked on an ambitious project aimed at the total renovation of this country’s electrical grid system. Part of that ambitious project was the development and installation of Smart Meters for all homes and businesses in this country. Concerning this issue, on October 27, 2009, Jeff St. John of Greentech Media reported the following information regarding how the amount of government money necessary to pay for the project was awarded.
“The Department of Energy on Tuesday, named 100 smart grid projects as winners of $3.4 billion in stimulus grants – and it looks like the smart meter industry is going to be happy.
That’s because a lot of that money is going to deploy two-way communicating electricity meters to customers, according to the list of winners the DOE published on Tuesday.
Projects that include smart meters make up at least $2.8 billion of the total amount, according to a quick tally of awards. That doesn’t include a tally of projects that won grants of $20 million or less, which make up three-fourths of the recipients.”
One of the big winners listed was Nevada Energy who was to receive $138,000,000.00, for the deployment of 1.3 million Smart Meters. In addition, research into how that money was to be spent has revealed at least one surprise, which was a total listed for gas cost amounting to $25,496,142.00.
The information regarding the gas allowance was obtained directly from the Department of Energy’s Assistance Agreement Award number DE-OE0000205, page 2 of 4. The website address is www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/71180/000074150810000027/exhibit 10-1.
This Budget Information file addresses total costs for NVE during entirety of the project.
* Advanced Service Delivery project gas costs, amounting to $25,496,142, are not included.
SF-424A (Rev. 4-92)”
In the instructions section for the Budget Information in which item #23 was found, is the following.
“Line 23-Provide any other explanations or comments deemed necessary.”
Budget information for a program as ambitious as the Smart Meter requires greater explanation for a $25,496,142.00 item than just this, this is the amount of the gas bill.
This budget issue demonstrates to me the fact the Smart Meter program was ill conceived, not taking into account the fact the homes and businesses the meters were to be installed on, may not have adequate wiring to withstand the bursts of radio frequencies that would be sent every 15 minutes to the billing station.
The Smart Meter program also did not take into account the proper method for dealing with meters that were found to be running hot. The method being employed was to drill holes in the top of the meter casing to release the heat, while at the same time emitting dirt and rain which function as conductors of sparking and electrical arcs.
It is now time for the Inspector General for the Department of Energy to do a complete inspection of how our tax dollars were put to use.