Smart meters collect information about energy use and behavior patterns in your home. Â Whether you’re making coffee or watching TV, the smart meter records when and how you go about your daily life in terms of energy consumption.
It’s not too far of a stretch to understand that in the not too distant future, this information could easily be abused by bureaucrats looking for ways to change people’s behaviors to fall in line with “green” dogma.
According to an article onÂ CBC News, a Government report released by British Columbiaâ€™s Commissioner from the Office of Information and Privacy, Elizabeth Denham, says that Smart Meters will collect personal information about peopleâ€™s daily lives:
â€œDenham said that hourly power use updates would reveal patterns of household consumption and information about customersâ€™ daily lives..â€
This report was a result of an investigation started by 600 complaints about privacy concerns when the local power company, DC Hydro, announced it was going to replace the old analog meters with new â€˜Smart Metersâ€™.
Energy ConsumersÂ in British Columbia are not the only ones who should have privacy concerns when it comes to the Smart Meters and the Smart Grid. The United States has come a long way in ensuring that their Smart Grid will be just as intrusive, if not more, when it comes to collecting information on the daily lives of average Americans.
In 2010, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a part of the Executive Branch agency called the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), requested that the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)Â (Consisting of 300 + Energy Producers and Distributers) in conjuction with the EPA, create a document listing the standards for the type of information that will be collected through the Smart Grid.Â That document is called theÂ NAESB Energy Usage Information ModelÂ or Priority Action Plan 10 (PAP-10).
On Page 9 ofÂ PAP-10Â Â listed under â€˜kind of readingâ€™ alongside normal readings that will be tracked through the Smart Grid like voltage, date and time are the not so normal readings such as carbon and carbonDioxide.
On Page 11 of PAP-10 listed under the â€˜kind of servicesâ€™ that will be tracked through the Smart Grid is this (Click to enlarge):
As you can see PAP-10 calls for the tracking of everything from your TV, gas, water, heat (Includes Hot Water and Steam), refuse (trash), sewerage, internet, TvLiscense & cold (Includes chilled water and ice) through the Smart Grid.Â If you want a detailed explaination of these catagories clickÂ Here.
In February of 2011, theÂ SGIP voted toÂ recommend PAP-10Â as the standards of information that should be collected through the Smart Grid, and it was approved.
OnÂ June 13th, 2011 the Obama administration and the NIST released a document titled: Â â€œA Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Futureâ€.Â This was the Obama administrationâ€™s blueprint for accelerating the creation of the Smart Grid.
On Page 42 of this document it states:
â€œThe Priority Action Plan 10 (PAP 10) of the NIST-initiated Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP 2011) provides a standardized model for exchanging energy usage and cost information between different parties and devices and is the basis for information exchange directly from the meter to household devices, as well as from utility back office systems to authorized third parties.
The above principles provide valuable guidance as to how state regulators can support consumersâ€™efforts to direct the secure transfer of data from utilities to third-parties,â€¦â€
In other words the Obama administration was recommending that PAP-10 be adopted as an official standard for the type of information thatÂ should be collected through the Smart Grid, little did we knowÂ Obama would soon get his wish.
OnÂ August 1, 2011Â a â€˜panel of Government and Industry representativesâ€™, aka the SGIP, Â approved the first 6 standards for the Smart GridÂ posted as theÂ â€˜Catalog of Standards Libraryâ€™Â on the SGIP website.
Listed as the 2ndÂ Standard in the Catalog of Standards Library is a link titled:
â€œNAESB REQ18/WEQ19: Energy Usage Informationâ€
If youÂ click on that linkÂ your will see a document titled:
â€œSGIP CoS: NAESB PAP10 Energy Usage Informationâ€
What does that mean?
That means Ladies and Gentelmen that this â€˜paranoiaâ€™ about the destruction of your privacy through the Smart Grid is not a â€˜tin foil hatâ€™ conspiracy but is indeed reality since the 2nd Standard Officially adopted by the SGIP for the Smart Grid is PAP-10. The document that shows all of the information that will be tracked though the Smart Grid which, as you can see includes ice, cold and hot water, TV and even CO2.
So inÂ May of 2008Â when we all laughed because President Obama said:
â€œWe canâ€™t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times..â€
Little didÂ we realize he was talking about the Smart Grid and Electric Vehicles and that he was going to make it all happen.
Funny, we are not laughing now.