a new $3.4 billion plan to revamp the U.S. electrical grid and
launch a new era of renewable energy consumption. The new plan was
unveiled as Obama toured the nation's
largest solar energy plant. The funds will help the U.S. to build
a new "smart energy grid" that will help cut costs and
improve reliability of the existing electrical grid in
Obama said, "We need to do more than just add
solar megawatts to this electrical grid." He continued saying,
"This grid still runs on century-old technology. It wastes too
much energy and costs us too much money and it's too susceptible to
outages and blackouts."
Carol Browner, Obama's special
assistant on energy and climate change predicts that the program will
have a, "transformational impact on how electricity is
generated, delivered, and consumed." She added, "We have a
very antiquated system in this country. We need to upgrade that
system, we need to modernize that system, and with it will come
tremendous benefits for consumers and for our environment."
grants for the new smart grid program will range from $400,000 to
$200 million and will be granted to 100 different firms,
manufacturers, and cities. The total funds for the program are drawn
from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan.
the Obama administration claim that the new program will create tens
of thousands of jobs and lay the foundation for a green energy
infrastructure in the United States. An analysis from research firm
Electric Power Research Institute estimates that the use of a new
smart grid could shave energy usage in the country by 4% amounting to
$20.4 billion saved.
The grant funds will finance the
installation of a million in-home displays, 170,000 smart
thermostats, and 175,000 load control devices. Some projects are also
supplemented with funds from private companies.
California has a statewide
plan to save energy in place already.
quote: You guys are overly neurotic.
quote: I would think that investing significant money into our nation's infrastructure is something that liberals and conservatives can get on board with.
quote: Don't worry. Even if liberals and conservatives agree that this is a good idea, there will still be plenty of political infighting over how to do it!
quote: The grant funds will finance the installation of a million in-home displays, 170,000 smart thermostats, and 175,000 load control devices.
quote: What is it called again when monies and/or valuables are given to the people via redistributive taxation?
quote: The funds will help the U.S. to build a new "smart energy grid" that will help cut costs and improve reliability of the existing electrical grid in America.
quote: The grant funds will finance the installation of a million in-home displays, 170,000 smart thermostats, and 175,000 load control devices. Some projects are also supplemented with funds from private companies.
quote: Carol Browner, Obama's special assistant on energy and climate change predicts that the program will have a, "transformational impact on how electricity is generated, delivered, and consumed."
quote: An analysis from research firm Electric Power Research Institute estimates that the use of a new smart grid could shave energy usage in the country by 4% amounting to $20.4 billion saved.
quote: Obama announced a new $3.4 billion plan to revamp the U.S. electrical grid and launch a new era of renewable energy consumption.
quote: I'll leave where the money is really going to your imagination.
quote: We can all guess where the majority of this money will go though. Places friendly towards Obama.
quote: Obama can't catch a break by many
quote: Wow, some of you, I really don't think the man thinks like that
quote: I think as far as apologizing to other countries, I think he needed to do something as alot of countries had issues with our approach to dealing with other countries,
quote: or just taking over countries in the name of freedom
quote: Everything Obama does is in some way taking more freedom from everyone.
quote: My freedoms and yours are still intact
quote: If you really are interested in change, quit voting only by party lines. Vote for the candidate, not the party.
quote: I speak for thinking conservatives everywhere when I say, "Go away -- we don't want you."
quote: As an educated conservative who realizes he's a quickly becoming a dying breed thanks to paranoid parrots like yourself, I can only say this: You have no idea what Communism and Marxism are, and don't seem to realize that they are the opposite of totalitarianism.
quote: Without blindly believing he was going to bring hope and change, what exactly was a reason to vote for him?
quote: How is this different from any past president?
quote: by Bateluer on October 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM You have a link to back that statement up? Saying it means nothing without evidence and proof.
quote: In an uncommonly hard-hitting investigative piece, the Boston Globe’s Binyamin Appelbaum blew the whistle on the rodent-infested, sewage-clogged Chicago slums run by the Obamas’ most trusted confidante. Jarrett refused to answer any questions about Grove Parc, “citing what she called a continuing duty to Habitat’s former business partners.” A “continuing duty,” presumably, to whitewash the inconvenient truth about the failed public-private partnerships the Obamas continue to promote in the White House:“They are rapidly displacing poor people, and these companies are profiting from this displacement,” said Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle of Southside Together Organizing for Power, a community group that seeks to help tenants stay in the same neighborhoods.“The same exact people who ran these places into the ground,” the private companies paid to build and manage the city’s affordable housing, “now are profiting by redeveloping them.” In 2006, while Valerie Jarrett was executive vice president of Grove Parc’s management firm Habitat Company, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex a bottom-of-the-barrel 11 on a 100-point scale. Another Habitat-mismanaged property called Lawndale Restoration was so run-down that city officials urged the federal government to take over the complex.Jamie Kalven, a veteran Chicago housing activist, told the Boston Globe about Barack Obama: “I hope there is not much predictive value in his history and in his involvement with that community.” Kalven’s hopes will likely be dashed. As Chicago goes, so goes the nation. Obama has made a career of rewarding failure and no amount of overhyped “Hope” will change that. He sponsored a plethora of bills in the state Senate benefitting affordable housing developers. In February 2009, he unveiled a plan to set up a $1 billion Housing Trust Fund “to rehabilitate housing in the nation’s poorest neighborhoods.” “Trust Fund?” Try slush fund, bottomless pit, and eternal stimulus for the real estate moguls posing as saviors of urban America.In one of those endless Chicago coincidences, Grove Parc Plaza Apartments—now targeted for demolition as a result of years of neglect by Obama’s developer friends—sits in the shadows of the proposed site of the city’s 2016 Olympics Stadium. Valerie Jarrett is vice chair of Chicago’s Olympics committee.
quote: I still love you man :-)
quote: Well I'm sorry, but I'm tired of politely sitting back and watch my country be torn apart from within.
quote: Third, who in their right mind uses a phrase like "improve reliability" when they are talking about two totally unreliable sources of energy in solar and wind? Neither are that reliable because we cannot control when the sun shines or when the wind blows.
quote: In all fairness to Obama, the criticism of him on this board is slightly unwarranted.... the man has accomplished zero since he's been elected, yet he's getting flung in the gutter for everything he wants to do. I mean, if he had a majority in the House and the Senate, then he could really get us on track.
quote: Perhaps Michelle Obama will get more done than her hubby, as she has a record 22 assistants.
quote: they can charge you more money for using electricty during peak hours
quote: Right more accurate pricing, so where as they won't be turning off your AC or Heat from a remote location, they can charge you more money for using electricty during peak hours as you said. And by that method, they can basically control when you turn your AC on or off.
quote: 1. The cost savings would be reflected mostly in bills paid by the general public, not so much the government. Do you know the cost of not updating the grid (considered in light of continually increasing power demands)? Until you have some idea of that, probably better not to say anything.