What if the Naperville city council is right about Smart Meters. Maybe everybody else is wrong. What if Naperville city manager is right about Smart Meters being safe and secure. What’s the big deal about losing a few homes here and there due to overheating meters. It hasn’t happened yet in Naperville, and if it does we have over 57,000 homes and businesses, so to have a few leveled is hardly noticeable. Maybe the Department of Energy selected Naperville, not because the city council is naïve, but because Naperville has an outstanding fire department, which is more than capable of responding to meter melt downs.
And how clever is the Department of Energy to label these meters with the acronym ‘Smart’ (Some Meters Are Radically Thermal). These Digital Utility Meters (DUM) can also be entertaining. Imagine mom or dad coming home from work, and after popping some popcorn, gathering the entire family around the computer to observe the usage of electric power in real time. Station one of the kids by the light switch to turn the lights on and off, and the rest of the family can see how much electric is saved and used as the switch is toggled on and off. There is no better way for a family to bond.
Naperville city manager Doug Krieger ‘guaranteed’ that these ‘Smart DUM’ units are safe and secure. Hacking into the Smart Grid is as unlikely as someone hacking into the Naperville city website and shutting it down. Krieger said it, and the Naperville council bought into it.
I tried to access Naperville’s website, and a message popped up which read “City Website Availability to be intermittent Throughout the Remainder of the Week”. What’s up with that; a virus is on the loose. Are you kidding me. I quickly looked for Doug Krieger’s ‘guarantee’. I found it in my ‘Can’t sink the Titanic’ file. I tried to access the city of Naperville’s website again and again for the last few days with no success. Reality set in as I crumpled into my La-Z-Boy with Krieger’s guarantee clutched in my hand. Krieger’s guarantee was nothing more than cruel joke. I felt violated.
If I couldn’t view my electric usage, what was I to do with all that spare time. I decided to buy a mini fire extinguisher, and keep an eye on my neighbor’s ‘SMART DUM’