I work for an energy management company based out of the SF Bay Area. We follow closely what many players are doing when it comes to responsible energy management, strategy, and markets. We all have many gripes when it comes to what is trendy in our market... example keywords used just sell jobs (demand response, smart grid, and so on). As of lately the "Smart Grid" has been frequently kicked around and some of our high profile clients have questions that I just cant answer because there is just no data out there or i cant find it !!. So here it is.
What are the devices (Smart Meters and i know there are many) own consumption? Old meters were around 1 Watt.
What about the consumption RF towers that will be required to transmit data?
How many towers will be required in a square mile?
There have been complaints of a 30% increase in billing. Has anyone who has a new meter experienced this? If so any info on the cause?
If reducing the our footprint is the overall goal why are we not investing in the actual electrical delivery infrastructure? I mean we loose a more than half just because of transformer loss...
I have many more questions but I leave this just to get the conversation started..