Sources: Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald [Naperville]
quote: If people use more power in the day than at night, you can't use LFTR it for the difference, because half of it will be wasted.
quote: That's why you need smart meters to encourage people to use electricity at night instead of daytime.
quote: And how in purple hell would most people do this? I don't know about you but my family is asleep at night. Most families are in fact. Short of charging an EV overnight, which again most people don't have, what could the public possibly do to "even out demand"?
quote: If these people didn't want electricity they can cancel the contract if they want. That's what these people essentially did.
quote: Yes, customers can cancel at any time (subject to any provisions that may exist in the contract such as paying any unpaid balance; the fact that one party initiates a contract doesn't mean that they automatically get to terminate the contract at any time for any reason) provided that they give adequate notice of their intention to cancel.
quote: I believe that in the USA the telco's are not considered infrastructure? so have no rights beyond being a service so are very different in power to the electric companies.
quote: Bills typically average $500-1000 a quarter for a family of 4.
quote: But after a few months, they revert to their pre-smart meter usage patterns. Largely because it’s a royal pain to schedule your life around off-peak usage. People just pay the higher rate.
quote: ...So what you're saying is that people should simply be allowed, for their own ease and convenience, to be lazy, because...well, because they're lazy. Is that it?
quote: I can't really tell if you have a valid point somewhere in your post, but this seems to be what you're stating. Unfortunately many americans seem to reason the way you do these days, you're complacent and selfish, and protest vigorously as if you've been insulted or greatly harmed if asked to adjust your squandering way of life, because doing so would require the slightest bit of effort.