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American Electric Power began a pilotprogram in 2009 in South Bend, IND known asgridSMART, which AEP states, is designed forgreater customer control over usage, as well asto reduce overall demand, consumption, andemissions. This initiative is also designed toimprove customer service and internal efficiencies.Through the pilot program AEP was able tomanage its grid from back office systems, such asbillings, to meter and distribution field equipment.Also, time-of-day rate plans were able to shiftdemand to different times which creates costsavings through better system management,reduced fuel consumption, and even theftreduction.The Department of Energy provided half the funding, 75 million dollars, for an even biggerprogram in Ohio involving 110,000 meters. Withcustomer volunteers in Ohio, AEP was able tocommunicate with thermostats to raisetemperatures in their homes during the coolingseason and stated we can control usage directlybetween the meter and the home thoroughwireless technology. Seems a bit hypocritical forAEP to control usage when the gridSMARTinitiative was to give the customer greater controlWith the success of the pilot programs,AEP Texas began a four year conversion (2009-2013) to smart meters. The Public UtilityCommission of Texas enacted an advanced meterrule in 2007 allowing AEP to recover the cost of installing one million smart meters through a tenyear surchargeAlthough the initial goal of thegridSMART program is for customer benefit, itseems as if the utility company holds all the cardsregarding our electrical usage. But what happenswhen electricity becomes scarce? With this newtechnology being implemented, would we reallyhave any control once scarcity arises?In 2008 Obama told the San Francisco Gatethat under his new plan of cap and tradeelectricity prices would skyrocket and coalpowered plants would go bankrupt due to EPAregulations of greenhouse gases.In 1999 51% of electricity in the U.S. wasgenerated from coal power. The DOE\EIA 2020projection, in the Annual Energy Outlook 2000,estimated that 48.6% of electricity will come fromcoal. AEPs website states that if we didnt use coalwe wouldnt be able to use all the things that runon electricity in our house and perhaps the qualityof life and the GDP would decline.By allowing this technology to invade ourhomes under the guise of reduced bills and greatercustomer control, we are setting the stage for atotal take over. As Obama kills the coal industry,causing prices to soar, it seems imminent that hewould intervene with his socialist agenda of government knows best. AEP has already laid thegroundwork to give over complete control of ourhomes and whos to say he wont take advantage.