Archive for January, 2015

Smart Meters Hackability

Posted: January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

Great graphic description of how smart meters are being hacked into and what info they are getting. From Jones Oil in Ireland:

Go to our Cybersecurity Page: https://nomasssmartmeters.wordpress.com/cybersecurity-issue/

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CEIVA Energy Gets it Wrong

Posted: January 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

From what I can determine from their website they are a software firm for electronic in home/business wi-fi communications units. Their VP put out a PR piece that makes reference to National Grid’s pilot. Unfortunately they got it slightly wrong. The customers never received the CEIVA “toys” and most never initially knew the smart meters in the pilot were installed on their homes. Plus this pilot wasn’t for free as all of National Grid’s customers must pay the $48 million spent on the pilot. We have recently seen our electric bills go way up… they claim other reasons for this but we suspect its to pay for the pilot.

“Several pilot programs are starting to integrate smart thermostats across a broader home energy management platform. Look at National Grid’s Smart Energy Solutions program, which is the largest smart grid program in the Northeast and the blue print for Massachusetts’ state mandated grid modernization plan. Customers in the program receive Carrier’s smart thermostat, smart plugs, CEIVA’s gateway/in-home display and access to real-time smart meter data—all integrated, all at no cost to them. This gives National Grid a powerful energy efficiency solution while boosting convenience and comfort for consumers, achieving the ultimate utility win-win. ” -Wannie Park, VP utility solutions CEIVA Energy.

 

Forbes magazine article: http://onforb.es/1IGKVqD

Ron Gerwatowski, a former senior vice president for regulation and pricing at National Grid, will serve as assistant secretary for energy under Matthew Beaton, a former Republican state representative who is serving as secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The administration announced that Robert Hayden,  a former lobbyist for the region’s fossil fuel industry, and a senior executive at one of the state’s largest power companies will serve as commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities

Environmental advocates said they worried the new team would emphasize lower costs and the industry’s interests ahead of cutting the state’s reliance on coal and natural gas. “The administration is clearly putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop on energy policy,” said George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. “These are disappointing appointments that will likely represent the interests of the utilities and industries they regulate.”

So once again, vested interests get in a position of policy making!

We just signed on for guaranteed lower rates on our combined electric bill by supporting a solar farm through Community Solar. This one is in Spencer MA and will be online in September. They already have one up and running near Boston.

This means we will get a fixed rate (and there rates are really low) for the next 25 years no matter how high our current provider (National Grid) raises their rates. Normally you get a bill for the kw hours used and also the distribution charge. This gives you a fixed rate for both. Will save us over $40K over the next 25 years. You are actually buying into this solar farm (but you don’t have to put any money down). You can give the plan to whomever buys your house or take it with you. And you are supporting green energy. Call me and I will put you in touch with the rep if you need more info. 888-217-7233… Nina