|[January 16, 2014]
Commonwealth Club of CA, San Francisco: "The High Road to a True Smart Grid"
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
A multi-disciplinary expert panel on electricity and the economy of
energy led by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy
(NISLAPP) will present at the Commonwealth Club of CA (News - Alert) in San Francisco
Tuesday, January 28th from 12-3 p.m. The program includes Timothy
Schoechle, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at NISLAPP and author of the
landmark white paper, Getting
Smarter About the Smart Grid. There is a complimentary light
lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $32 non-members, $20 members, $10 students
(with valid ID).
will address misconceptions about the present approach to electricity
generation and distribution in the U.S., including the value of 'smart
meters', and the pressing need for the U.S. to proactively tap into
infinite renewable energy abundance.
The audience will learn:
How federal, state and local governments, and environmental
organizations, have been misled about the purported benefits of
How "smart" meter investments, using billions in stimulus funding, do
not benefit ratepayers or supporteconomic growth, but financially
prop up unsustainable Investor-Owned-Utilities (IOUs), while
postponing investment in wise genuinely 'smart' technical solutions
and the inevitable transition to a decentralized and democratized
How conflicts of interests in the IOU monopoly utility business model
are preventing us from moving to a renewable energy economy.
Why the utility industry is so desperately pushing back against
rooftop solar and net metering.
Why the right to "opt out" of "smart" meters will not solve the
pressing underlying risks and economic problems, nor will exploiting
more fossil fuels, and why opt-outs may make the situation worse.
How "smart meters" may be a surveillance "drone" in your home.
U.S. policymakers evidence a lack of a basic understanding of the
problems associated with the future of energy and electricity.
How can we create a truly "WISE" decentralized electricity grid
without the privacy, security, reliability, public health and economic
risks of the present approach
Why local communities need to take control of their energy future, as
is happening now in Boulder, CO.
The panelists will lay out the next steps the U.S. must take to
achieve clean energy abundance-for the sake of our
pocketbooks, sustainable energy independence,
global economic competitiveness, preservation
of natural resources, enhanced national
security and to forestall the looming
threat to life on Earth from man-made global warming.
Dr. Schoechle, in Getting
Smarter About the Smart Grid, has called
the smart meters being rolled out across the U.S. "a canard-a story or
hoax based on specious claims about energy benefits…"
Others on the panel, moderated by Camilla Rees, MBA, include
engineer and physician, Karl Maret, MD; Duncan Campbell, Esq.
of Boulder, CO, author of the white paper "New Energy for a New World";
and attorney Jim Turner, Esq, partner of Swankin & Turner in
Washington, D.C., Chairman of the National Institute for Science, Law &
Public Policy and co-author of "Voice of the People: The
Transpartisan Imperative in American Life.
More info and Bios: http://www.gettingsmarteraboutthesmartgrid.org/the_high_road_to_a_true_smart_grid
Commonwealth Club of California
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