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3/24/2010 04:00 PM EDT
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toppe
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re: Groups seek path to bring smart grid home
toppe   3/26/2010 3:29:49 AM
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A recent report here on EETimes suggested that Smart Grid might save only about 4% of power usage. That means an appliance using a $10 sensor would need to use $250 worth of electricity before it breaks even on cost savings. For many appliances that's several years, if not a lifetime. Add to that privacy considerations, and you have to wonder if this is worth it at the consumer level.

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KenKrechmer   3/25/2010 3:59:23 AM
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Modularity does allow more flexibility and consumer choice. The cost however, is more than a PCMCIA assembly. How many users will know which module to install? Adaptability (using specialized protocols and software defined radios) is the only practical way to support both consumer choice and consumer competence.

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