Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kansas City Smart Grid Disappointment

Quick insight from power players within our blog community regarding the progress (or lack thereof) from our local utilities.

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You will note KC had a lot of hoopla when KCPL got the 24 million dollar smart grid grant. You will note that since then there is no working "smart" grid that benefits the people in any particular way, just a quiet disappointment. 

City hall, haven't heard them on the issue, but same for Obama administration, what the hell happened on the smart grid.

Elon Musk says the smart grid is wildly over-hyped and not realistic, while solar and electric vehicles are doing just great, but the utility really didn't want independent solar out in the market. And the daily newspaper, missing in action on this, but their columnists don't understand it and all the other reporters are gone.

Smart grid, hyped, and now similar. You can assume some usual suspects carved up the pork, found out they were not able to deliver much, utility took it as a subsidy to update equipment.

This kind of thing happens over and over.

If you don't think the same thing is going to happen with the sensors and other stuff downtown, then watch. Usual suspects will be back at the trough, with high sounding jargon and without a clue."

You decide . . .


Anonymous said...

As long as these public utilities commissions are being paid to enforce regulation on consumers while refusing to regulate utilities nothing is going to change. I mean, really, have you ever seen a utility wanting more money that didn't get it in the long run? There might be a dog an pony show to blow smoke up the public's ass, but if you look at the history of these things the utilities will get what they want every freaking time. Just how dumb are we?

Anonymous said...

You mean to say that tech toys are being over-hyped in downtown KCMO?
Is anything at all left of all the tech "investments" after the flood?
Not that it matters. What's important are the announcements and pitifully desperate attempt at getting "national" attention.
It's embarrassing to watch people with such an inferiority complex so desperately grasp at something they aren't.