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  • ENERGY ASSISTANCE
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY
  • SMART GRID
Winning Issue » SMART GRID


Many people have expressed the need to modernize and upgrade our electrical transmission system to a unified smart grid. A smart grid system would employ a nation-wide “backbone” of high voltage transmission lines that connect “smart” local electric utilities to distant power plants. As more local utility networks are upgraded to smart grids, interactions with these backbone power lines will become more coordinated. A smart grid would maximize the efficiency of our nation’s electricity use, while greatly reducing waste and loss. Hydropower from the northwest could be directed to the Dakotas if that area’s wind turbine output decreases. Solar power from Arizona would be able to supply manufacturing in Ohio, or evening wind power from the Northeast could be used to supply power peak demand during the day in Nevada. Environmentalists say a unified smart grid and renewable power sources are essential to eliminating our carbon emissions. The cost of a unified smart grid has been estimated at $400-$500 billion. Some say these grandiose smart grid plans are fine, but for now, this technology consists of wireless transmitters in “smart” utility meters that many people do not seem to want. These transmitters tell our utility companies the amount of energy we are using and how we are using it. During power shortages, some utilities have the ability to cycle the compressors of home air conditioners rather than allow them to run continuously. Some people opposed to this aspect of the smart grid are worried about privacy concerns, while others prefer not to have microwave transmitters in their home. It is currently the choice of a consumer whether to have these smart meters installed.


Pending Legislation:
S.1232 - Smart Grid Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current smart grid policy and wish to defeat S.1232 - Smart Grid Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring utilities to install smart meter technology in all American homes and businesses, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.2685 - Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support establishing the Smart Grid Interoperability Working Group to identify additional efforts the federal government can take to better promote the establishment and adoption of open standards that enhance connectivity and interoperability on the electric grid; studying the market and policy barriers to deploying responsive appliances at scale; requiring smart grid demonstration projects which receive assistance to ensure geographical diversity among types of electricity markets and regulatory environments, and wish to pass S.1232 - Smart Grid Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and/or Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support requiring utilities to install smart meter technology in all American homes and businesses, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.2685 - Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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April 2, 2020
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