Advanced Metering Infrastructure Model
The buzz coming from our nation’s public electric utility grid here in 2017 is not the one that would generally be heard say if you were traveling down a rural Kansas farm road and happened to pass beneath the electrical transmission lines while drinking beer and piloting your vintage 1957 Chevy Apache Step Side pick up truck past wheat fields in mid July.
As that Kansas buzz has a very specific high tension tone to it, the buzz I’m talking about today in 2017 is the buzz going on in the engineering and bookkeeping offices of every industry having anything whatsoever to do with the entire reconstruction of our nation’s electric grid. As within this conversation today there are not only an enormous amount of technologies, regulations and energy sources themselves that have to be neatly woven into the fabric of our nation’s obviously aging electric grid, there is the singular most important conversation of cost to be included in that dialog as well.
With the key to cost management essentially wrapped around the ability any electric utility provider has to track the entire path of its electrical current from the moment the current is generated to the moment it is consumed, utilizing Smart Metering Infrastructure is pretty much the consensus tool of choice when it comes to doing so. As these meters are slowly making their way into homes across America, the pace in which this is being done is unfortunately, directly associated with the cost of the smart meter, the time and labor involved with installing the meter and the sheer volume of homes as well as buildings of all types that exist across America that of course, need the meter to begin with. Having said the above, the question becomes twofold; how many years or decades is such an endeavor going to take, and, can the process be brought up to a much faster and more efficient rate of installation if in fact a variety of other equally important American public utility based upgrades were addressed simultaneously?
As the big conversation in today’s public electric utility sector is centering around the incorporation of renewables into the existing framework of our national electric grid, and, smart metering is considered the mechanism from which all of this integration will eventually be enabled, the associated technologies of both solar and wind energy are currently being reviewed not only for their electrical generation attributes, but a host of other electrical providership needs particular to their technologies, or more specifically, to the mobility or whole regulatory segmentation of their interchangeable technologies. Both solar and wind energy can be picked up and moved just as easily as these technologies can be left in place for extended periods of time. Either way, as electrical storage capacity is considered by many as being crucial to the multi faceted success of both wind and solar, any combination of electrical co generation, or storage, really only works if in fact the management of such capacity is itself managed by Advanced Metering Infrastructure.
Yet before infrastructure can be fully managed by advanced metering technologies, infrastructure itself must be fully defined. With this being the case, answering the initial question of how many other equally important American public utility needs can or should be upgraded simultaneously (in conjunction with updating our electric grid) must then be the determining factor from which the full blueprint of the infrastructure definition being sought is in fact found.
To grasp the sheer scope of this endeavor, I have designed a series of charts that I think will help in the general conceptualization of the public utility blueprint I have mentioned above and continue to frame below. Before getting to these charts however, I think a careful assessment of the key regulatory elements currently being considered as being benchmarks from which this utility blueprint to move forward, must be adhered to, is needed.
Energy Efficient Architecture And Evenly Applied Local, Regional and Statewide Building Codes.
Energy Efficient Architecture can, in its simplest terminology, be summed up as the ability the homeowner has to do things to their personal architectural environment that will enhance the overall energy conservation of a particular dwelling.
Within the process of doing so, it has, up until the nationwide financial collapse of the housing market, been more or less assumed that an individual homeowner can, either through the efforts of their own physical labor, or, by hiring “professional contractors” make some rather “economically adolescent” energy improvements to their dwelling, and, in doing so, being able to state that in terms of resale valuation, that home is more up to par environmentally and economically than the house next door. Whereas again this more or less sophomoric ideological interpretation of energy efficient architecture inspired our nation as a whole to go out and purchase a few roles of fiberglass insulation and another few energy efficient appliances, all of this was done without even for a moment realizing that every piece of municipal infrastructure going into that residential dwelling was in such a dire need of upgrading, that even if virtually every homeowner in every community were to simply install fiberglass batts while cooking on the coolest new stove on the planet, that infrastructure would still be in the same state of both mechanical and economic collapse.
Knowing this then is sufficient enough reason to ask what in fact the establishment of truly multi dimensional building codes plays not only on the improvement of the whole of our municipal infrastructure, but, the subsequent approach to real property valuation as well as the growth of an educated building trade work force has on both.
As again, currently in our nation, the emphasis on integrating renewable electrical generation technologies into our national electric grid seems to be the general theme, thus far that theme is as relevant economically today in our America as installing fiberglass insulation was prior to the economic collapse of our housing industry. But, as Advanced Metering Infrastructure has the capacity again to elevate the whole of municipal utility infrastructure, surprisingly, neither wind or solar, or, insulation of any form, really has the ability to fully enhance the overall economic model needed to be implemented into the whole of our infrastructure model. Whereas all three are clearly essential, another of several equally renewable energy technologies stands somewhat obscurely at the economic sidelines of our nationwide infrastructure development potential.
With that technology being geothermal energy, and, as geothermal energy cannot in and of itself be considered as being a renewable energy source in and of itself, once the technologies of geothermal (and, several other equally renewable energy system technologies) are fully integrated into our national electric (or whole mixed energy) infrastructure grid via the substantial help of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the structural industrial and economic fluidity of geothermal melds equally with the fluidity of true renewable energy sources (solar and wind) in every bit the same manner as it does as well meld with traditional main frame electrical generating technologies. As the larger issue here is, of course, that there are virtually no traditional energy sources left in our America today, and the myth that such technologies still exist is wholly financially redundant, geothermal in particular is one energy harvesting technology that has, within its dynamic mechanical framework, perhaps the most architecturally significant capacity to act as one of the structural, building code based benchmarks I mentioned above.
To be quite specific, and, in the process address yet another crucial element of rebuilding our national infrastructure grid, geothermal energy has, within its overall mechanical capacity, certain regionally constraining structural parameters. Whereas I would suggest that a significant nationwide geographical area would of course benefit from the inoculation of geothermal heat pumps into and out of either individual buildings or neighborhood based building clusters for the dual purpose of both heating and cooling the structures contained within such a regional footprint, powering these heat pumps with electricity as opposed to powering HVAC heating technologies with electricity while also fueling HVAC with natural gas, clearly from within a regionally economic and energy efficient standard suggests geothermal over natural gas in a heart beat.
None the less, to suggest for some reason that a building should not be piped for natural gas is as ridiculous as suggesting that a building should not be insulated, the multi dimensional function of natural gas as well as the multidimensional function of stationary electrical storage as that storage pertains to the successful integration of all aspects of solar generation storage capacity brings into this discussion, both the mobility of all energy sources in general as well as again, the need for comprehensive Advanced Metering Integration to begin with.
Energy Efficient Architecture – What exactly does Advanced Metering Integration Imply?
In this first chart then is a picture of a typical American house that is connected to the larger national energy grid I have outlined above via AMI technology.
Just as I have stated above, once another energy (geothermal for instance) technology is integrated into the whole of all energy based infrastructure technologies, the “system”, if you will, begins the rather dynamic and exciting industrial as well as regulatory process of financially fleshing itself out. As essentially all of what we are doing when integrating a broad host of energy sources into the shell of any given American home is putting meat on the bones of a far too skinny “public electric utility grid” model, we are doing the same with our “natural gas utility grid” that is in some cases creating that electricity to begin with, while in other cases, needlessly stands alone as its’ own efficient, but, somewhat ancient public utility providership model. Whereas alone these two utility models have historically sustained us economically, once both are truly and systemically fleshed out, the outcome will be the capacity of both of these utility models to produce the long term economic food for the tens of thousands of new workers potentially employable in the emerging, multi-segmented energy industries we have had at our creative advanced industrial disposal for several decades, but, for overall lack of systemic connectivity, have become needlessly sidelined due to overwhelming systemic redundancy. Thus again it is Advanced Metering Infrastructure that finally enables all of us to get on with the collective task of rebuilding our nation’s whole infrastructure.
Looking more closely at the above chart, you’ll notice “vehicle EV metering” and “vehicle CNG metering”. The most exciting aspect of these two Advanced Metering Infrastructure models is very much new and very much long term and substantial utility rate generation that is, for all practical purposes, entirely separate from any rate model associated with either existing electric or existing natural gas rate providership structures as such rate structures apply to architectural dwellings as well as overall transportation based fueling function and transportation based infrastructure funding, once such stationary utilities become fully mobile in both their electric and natural gas evolutionary public utility function. With this being the case, and, in fact both of the above mentioned vehicle based fueling models see metering functions as again mobile, or, transit oriented in function, they should be transit oriented in regulatory authority as well. Why this should be so is simple, although such vehicles might very well be fueled at an individuals home, once these vehicles are in motion, they and the vehicles inhabitants are utilizing the roads leading to and away from those homes to conduct business or commerce if you will upon the roadways leading to and from their own private doorstep.
Having stated the above and going back to the chart above, the question becomes, what of any of the energy technologies that are now affixed to an individual home can be affixed to or along the roadway said vehicles travel on as well?
As the answer here is essentially all 21st century energy generating or management technologies found in a 21st century home can and should be embedded into the roads that service that home, again the rate structures and rate revenues found from within Advanced Metering Infrastructure are both diverse and enormous as well as being quite sustainable for the long foreseeable energy future of our nation’s entire utility infrastructure network only if such structures are applied financially to the highway transportation funding mechanisms that unfortunately today are very much unfundable due to the overall obsolescence of 20th century infrastructure symmetry in the first place.
The next chart begins to explain what it is that I mean.
As again, the moment we look upon energy management for what it actually is today in our 21st century, we find a remarkable array of energy based industrial entities to fill the clearly overwhelming financial infrastructure funding void that is all but stopping the long term sustainable growth of every other industry that relies on such infrastructure to thrive, taking a good solid look at Chart 2 above then, gives us a fairly good view of how by simply starting the initial nationwide utility grid retrofitting process from a single residential dwelling, all one has to do is work backwards through all aspects of any element of our whole American infrastructure framework and begin the logical task of connecting multiple 21st century mixed energy elements together to form an industrial chain linking energy generation, transportation and all aspects of our whole municipal infrastructure to everything mechanical that can be found along the way while visiting either a Chicago inner city museum to going pumpkin hunting in a farm field in rural Illinois during Halloween. As each of these places are in fact geographical in nature and therefore somewhat multi-faceted in scope, the mechanical functions needed to provide all aspects of advanced industrial infrastructure to these places are essentially the same.
But, again, the only way to grasp the whole of our nation’s potential infrastructure connectivity is to begin by retrofitting a home in Hyde Park, Chicago near the Museum of Science and Industry located on the shores of Lake Michigan while simultaneously doing the same to a home in inner city Dekalb, Illinois that is the home of Northern Illinois University as well as the home of some of America’s most fertile farm land.
Simply put, whereas the homes in Dekalb came before the University, just as the homes in Chicago came before the museum, what drew the museum and the university to these seemingly separate towns was the infrastructure the people in the homes engineered and built to run their neighborhood economies in the first place and what (said infrastructure) today is ultimately responsible for the overall economic decline of those same communities.
Having said the above then, and, again focusing on the funding of transit based infrastructure improvements related to every aspect of advanced 21st century road improvement in America, what should technologically be going on beneath the surface or alongside our roadways is the extension of our electric and natural gas utilities as those utilities are in turn extended by a broad range of either renewable utilities such as wind and solar or utilities such as geothermal or bio gas that naturally begin to strategically co mingle first in our homesteads and neighborhoods, and second, the more distant some of these utilities are from either the urban core of Dekalb, Illinois or the same urban core of Chicago, Illinois. Thus, while within the populated clusters of our nation’s metropolises, the geographical assumption that some of those metropolises are urban in nature whereas others are rural, is both a fundamentally useless and economically disastrous assumption that negates entirely the sheer value of all energy spectrum’s once they are, through, Advanced Metering Infrastructure fully integrated. An excellent case in point here is the financial intersection where CNG fueling intersects with ethanol based fueling of all aspects of America’s transportation grid work as well as the vehicle types that utilize that grid work and those fuel sources (as well as others) to assure the efficient movement of commerce throughout our nation daily.
Going quite logically on the assumption that CNG powered vehicles will be primarily used in the interurban transportation settings found in either of the two cities mentioned above, and, on the equal assumption that such urban oriented vehicles will be used more frequently in those urban environments because of the overall need to go that many more places on a daily basis, fueling stations would obviously need to be found more frequently as well. Knowing this fact then while also knowing that such vehicle fueling stations are as well, food fueling stations (or mini marts), brings to the human architectural design element of the mart, the very same energy based efficiency dialog that would be had in a private residence. With the only real difference in dialog being the financial direction data coming from that fueling station’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure heads in, the overall dynamic becomes how such refueling of CNG powered vehicles also becomes the revenue stream for the constant improvement of the road bed such vehicles travel upon constantly to begin with.
Whereas CNG fueled vehicles will reach a point geographically where building a CNG fueling station is not financially sound, at that same point ethanol or other fuel type based fueling stations most certainly do become financially viable. As such, geographically speaking, whereas the farm land surrounding DeKalb, Illinois would be the host of more ethanol stations than the suburbs surrounding Chicago, such industrial idiosyncrasies (if you will) are in fact not idiosyncrasies, but, instead, highly articulated and profitable economic nuances that could not possibly be capitalized on without the use of Advanced Metering Infrastructure managing such economic and regulatory based interactions in the first place. Thus,rRegardless of the fuel source, it is the function of industrial symmetry that guarantees the success of any fuel source; hence, the more symmetry, the more economic and industrial diversity.
What is quite interesting about the city of DeKalb, Illinois is its remarkable collection of energy sources that have more or less been developed due to the fact that the town is essentially in the middle of a corn field. As it is, it is also the home of a sizable wind turbine farm that produces a sizable amount of electrical energy. What is even more interesting about this situation is that again, geographically speaking, the land that grows the corn which creates the bio fuel and the people fuel and the industrial raw material for a wide range of other end products, is also the land ideally suited for solar farms.
With this being the case and referring once again to Chart 2 above, at the moment structurally/geographically where bio fuel based fuel service stations meet CNG based fuel service stations, another even more tangible industrial/infrastructure based regulatory meeting takes place. That meeting, which is also quite structural and geographical in context, is essentially the interchange of electricity generated from farm based solar arrays to transit based solar arrays that will be found atop the massive architectural footprint of warehousing that is found along interstate highways just outside of major urban areas throughout America. These architectural “sun belts” if you will, not only stand as shrines to our nation’s brilliance in creating warehousing and distribution hubs, but, from the perspective of both energy production and broad spectrum energy distribution, are actually the critical geographical interface for the cohesive merging of energy sources as those sources are brought to full industrial functionality via again, Advanced Metering Infrastructure management. Whereas a Dekalb solar farm situated in and around Dekalb only serves to broaden the electrical supply chain for the region around DeKalb, utilizing the rooftops of our massive American warehousing facilities simply serves as the logical transition point between rural farm based solar arrays and urban residential based rooftop solar arrays. These rooftops do as well serve as the logical point of wind generated electrical power which in rural America is based upon horizontal axis wind turbine use to what in urban America will ultimately become vertical axis wind turbine use. Either way when these two technologies are combined at the point of our nation’s warehousing and shipping corridors, not only does the interface of solar and wind occur, but the subsequent interface of natural gas and geothermal energy occurs as well.
But of Course, that’s not all that occurs.
Whereas we have already looked at the multi faceted functions of residential and commercial CNG fueling, and in doing so, determined that there are logical geographical cut off points as such points define both the selected placement, construction and subsequent funding of fueling stations for personal vehicles as well as light duty, urban oriented commercial or service or public transit based vehicles, at this same “sun belt” based American shipping and warehousing juncture of both architectural and urban transit applied energy sources, comes the larger “transportational interface” of interstate over the road heavy truck traffic as well as comprehensive freight transportation associated with America’s rail industry. Thus within the framework of pure industrial symmetry is in fact the foundation for dynamic economic symmetry which in turn is the structural foundation for real job growth that demands physical dexterity in every bit the same manner as it demands advanced industrial engineering discipline that ultimately diversifies every manufacturing entity and every construction (building trades) entity in virtually every industrial sector.
Thus, whether or not such an entity has anything whatsoever to do with the production of an energy source is no where near as important to grasp as the fact that every industrial sector is consuming that energy source, and, through highly defined Advanced Metering Infrastructure management, all associated manufacturing and installation functions of an industry change significantly as a result.
As I cannot emphasize enough the importance of starting our nation’s overall reconstruction of every aspect of our public utility infrastructure at the front door of a single residential home in either DeKalb or Chicago simultaneously and working collectively outward to the shipping and distribution “sun belts” that essentially connect the vital urban centers of DeKalb and Chicago to every other town in America, if we can’t articulate the actual industrial needs of a single home in America from the holistic standpoint of what Advanced Metering Infrastructure can only attain, then much sooner than later, our “sun belt” warehouses will find themselves empty due exclusively to the fact that without such infrastructure based job creation, the collective use of mixed energy needed to produce our national goods is entirely squandered.
In other words, if somebody owns an American made company that manufactures work and dress shirts and that company is not utilizing the broad mix of energy systems available to them to manufacture the garments that must ultimately be placed into the homes their workers live in, how can that worker expect to afford to install a closet system that prevents any form of moisture or mold from growing on the garment that hangs in their obsolete urban American bedroom closet to begin with? In the same breath, if someone owns an American made company that manufactures EV’s and the worker for that company wants to both purchase and use that vehicle, how on earth can such an employee do so if his or her garage is devoid of both the charging and financial metering technologies required to keep the car rolling down the road in the first place? As the issue then is that it is one thing to be able to build a state of the art garment manufacturing company that utilizes all aspects of energy source and management, such an accomplishment cannot be deemed as economically valid to the whole of our nation’s energy and utility infrastructure if the company manufacturing the closet system that holds the garment as well as the construction company that installs the system and subsequently attaches the system to the energy grid is and are in fact, equally upgraded.
While all of what I am discussing here seems on one level to be monumentally complex, the role government plays to alleviate such complexity has never been more important to grasp. As there is today a significant dialog pertaining to the fundamental restructuring of virtually every tax base, and, in fact every public utility rate base, the core of all such discussions ultimately boils down to how such an endeavor could actually be pulled of. What is important to understand about this entire conversation however, is not at all what has happened to our national tax base over the past forty years, but the larger understanding of why.
Having said the above, the reason why our tax base has become so tremendously overburdened is that that base has been crafted almost entirely on the overall physical decline of our nation’s historic but obsolete industrial infrastructure. Whereas for decades we had an economy based upon workers who were employed in the construction of that original infrastructure, once such infrastructure was built, massive amounts of labor based revenue were simply lost due to the fact that the infrastructure had been built and only therefore needed to be maintained as opposed to being constantly re engineered and re thought. While national infrastructure maintenance continued for awhile and the equipment designed to maintain that infrastructure grew in technological advancement, eventually the labor decline from the original completion of our nation’s infrastructure met up with the labor decline in the manufacturing of equipment designed to maintain the infrastructure resulting in what is now today in 2016 an enormous philosophical conundrum pertaining to how in fact we fund the whole of technological infrastructure improvement needed today. Where again all of this might sound rather monumental in scope in terms of finding a solution, the solution has never not been there. That solution is the ordinary issuance of municipal bonds buttressed by equally ordinary issuance of long term industrial and public utility bonds that are simply guaranteed by the stocks offered from the companies that are manufacturing, shipping, installing and maintaining our 21st century energy technologies in the first place. The moment such bonds are issued then and such issuance is conjoined with comprehensive modernization of the whole of America’s building codes, which in turn are fully commingled with advanced utility rate structures, which in turn are integrated with traditional mortgage lending models, individual property appraisal and overall neighborhood based property appraisal will not only rise significantly and be woven quite seamlessly together creating not only a substantial work force, but an equally substantial blueprint for sustained long term growth of our overall GDP, which in turn, one more time, guarantees the whole inoculation of distributed energy resources into the whole of our entire nationwide electric utility grid.
To put the Above paragraph into a different analogy, Think About The Following.
Let’s just say that a homeowner has the roof capacity to hold a large enough solar array to power his home. Let’s say that not only does he have enough power, but, extra that can be fed back into the grid, and/or can be shared by one or more neighbors who are also connected to a smaller community grid that in and of itself is connected to a larger regional grid. Let’s also say that “having enough electrical power” has only been accomplished after he has had Advanced Metering Infrastructure installed into his entire home power infrastructure, his entire home transportation infrastructure and his entire home, energy efficient architectural footprint.
Within that architectural footprint, this guy has installed a geothermal heating and cooling system to replace an old HVAC heating and cooling system. As he no longer wanted to use natural gas to heat his home, he did still want natural gas for home cooking and bathing on one hand while wanting to utilize compressed natural gas CNG to power his vehicle on the other. While powering the new GEO heating and cooling system demanded less electrical energy to do so than HVAC, the combination of fully retrofitting his home’s entire physical structure and utilizing a variety of additional energy consuming and energy saving “lifestyle technologies” in the process simply enabled him to transfer his natural gas usage to functions he needed in his life but did not need in his home life. In the same breath, by incorporating new technologies into his home that more or less enabled him to redefine his use of electricity both inside and outside of his home, his “whole energy demand model” began a rather remarkable process of both applied industrial and economic transformation.
With the GEO system up and running and providing overall generic year round heating and cooling needs for his home, this guy (let’s call him, Bob), set about the task of installing a somewhat over sized hot water tank into his home which of course was heated by both natural gas and a solar heat exchange system mounted atop his roof with his solar electric generating panels.
As you are probably getting the impression that Bob is somewhat of an advanced thinker, he in fact is. The reason why he chose an over sized hot water heater then was due to the fact that he had a rather advanced perspective on how he and his family would use hot water in their home life. Whereas taking baths and showers, washing the laundry and having preheated water to cook and clean dishes were all traditional functions served by traditional sized hot water heaters, hanging terry cloth bathing towels on water heated towel bars adjacent to large water volume bathing tubs served to change the traditional hot water use dynamic considerably. Whereas such changes were welcome by every member of his family, the family wanted more. Thus, Bob built a steam room whereas he did as well, let the circulating pipes of the whole house hot water heating system flow through the family green house providing timely supplemental heating to this area of Bob’s whole house architectural footprint when his whole house “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” communicated the fact that such heat was needed to keep the spring seedlings perky at 5:00 AM just as the barometric pressure on the outside of that green house began dropping and the subsequent eastern sunrise drew the heat from the greenhouse through the windows designed to let in the sun once it had risen sufficiently enough in the sky to do so.
While all of this was going on with the hot water system, two entirely different electrical systems were doing their thing as well. The main house electrical system, which at 5:00 AM is in somewhat of a slumber mode, was pretty much off line if you will. As it was, the DER system working in conjunction with the overall AMI was getting ready for what would as always be another well managed and productive day of whole energy grid management. With battery storage energy anticipating a rather dramatic rise in outdoor temperature between the hours of 2 – 5 PM, the whole house hot air ventilation system installed on the second and third floors of Bob’s dwelling would be set to open via the use of battery power once the outdoor temperature reached a point where it would overwhelm the capacity of the house GEO heating and cooling system once said temperatures do in fact rise.
If in fact you have been paying attention to what I have been talking about in this essay, you will remember that at the beginning of this essay, I was discussing the architectural matter of fiberglass insulation, and, how, regardless of the amount of insulation installed into any type of dwelling, until the whole of municipal infrastructure functionality is addressed, such concepts of insulating anything are entirely useless, what I am talking about here goes directly to the point of why I made such comments in the first place.
From the standpoint of Bob’s specific residential architectural footprint, that could very much be identical to the architectural footprint of the house next door, his specific AMI information is stating that due to increased external temperatures during the late afternoon hours of a specific day, his whole house hot air ventilation system will open up, and, in doing so, reduce significantly the load on his GEO air conditioning demands. In other words, as hot air simply rises, the notion of having either a GEO or HVAC cooling technology attempting to cool such hot air when allowing such hot air to simply escape, becomes an overwhelmingly well written essay on the need for DER technology in the first place. With the subsequent advanced engineering of insulation technologies as such technologies define either full energy containment or full energy disbursement of overall energy build up inside of Bob’s residential architectural footprint, suffice to say AMI is virtually the only framework from which such holistic architectural energy management can ultimately function from. By simply adding to the above dialog as such dialog pertains to the technological harvesting of released heat, AMI, again, merely suggests, the much broader incorporation of residential based CHP (combined heat and power) development/management as well.
Whereas DER storage technology is really the key to individual residential architectural energy management and is equally the key to broad spectrum energy management of architectural clusters as such clusters can and should be defined as urban block upon urban block of residential neighborhoods or commercial or industrial corridors, EV technology, much like CNG technology, gives us the freedom to entirely leave home without ever having to ask the neighbor to either come in and turn down the thermostat, water the lawn or shovel the snow while we are away vacationing on Pluto only after arriving there via traveling on roads that are just as technologically advanced as our home or any other architectural environment we live and/or do business in.
Within the context of either EV or CNG energy management, there is, as I have stated earlier, ample room for significant long term funding of the surface roads that we do in fact travel over on a daily basis via our nation’s combined public electric and natural gas utility fueling and regulatory infrastructure. As such funding ultimately must be as intricately blueprinted as the whole of Bob’s AMI house, that blueprinting does for all practical purposes start with either watering Bob’s lawn or shoveling his snow when in fact he is away with his family visiting Pluto. As AMI suggests the whole management of sensors and pumps designed to utilize collected rainwater for the purpose of watering Bob’s private property, the moment one moves from Bob’s property to adjacent municipal property, while still engaged in the whole of rainwater management, EV and CNG transit vehicles with highly articulated municipal storm water as well as municipal parks and recreation maintenance tasks assigned to such vehicles through AMI, virtually eliminate ancient municipal fleet function and fleet fueling parameters on one economic level, while on another, open up the regulatory and financial investment justification for installing neighborhood alternative vehicle charging stations substantially in the first place. Whereas once applied, municipal service fleet vehicles “now require” such fueling networks, the simple fact that these fueling stations are in place, suggest personal use as well as commercial use of the same EV or CNG transit technology combined with municipal, more than likely has ample revenue generators attached to the long term upgrading and continued maintenance of the neighborhood residential, commercial and light industrial roadway surfaces such vehicles operate upon.
As again the preliminary funding of such an initiative is, from within a municipal framework, carried out by the issuance of rather traditional municipal bonds, given the overall nature of AMI, I would suggest that the issuance of such bonds would be much more guarantee able if in fact said bonds where neighborhood based and guaranteed by neighborhood development corporations as opposed to city wide financial guarantors.
With the reason for this being that said municipal bond issuance could be offset with equally dynamic micro industrial or micro public utility bonds, suffice to say, the neighborhood based growth of micro industries whose transportation model more or less depended upon both EV and CNG based vehicles would do quite well accordingly. Subsequently, the economic and regulatory functionality of neighborhood micro utility power grids would become that much more capable of monitoring the whole of both electric and natural gas usage and transmission that would ultimately flow through such an overall finely tuned grid network.
Taking transportation (highway improvement) funding a bit further out, such funding goes to the point that I mentioned earlier in this essay. That point is defined by what can only be considered as the effective mileage range of the vehicle as said vehicle travels farther from either a highly clustered urban environment to what should probably be considered as a moderately clustered urban/rural environment from which said vehicle presumably fueled up via either an EV or CNG residential fueling port that in fact obtained such fuel from a stationary electric or natural gas power/refueling grid in the first place. As within these points of travel there are hundreds of miles of changing municipal topography, and, as such, certain infrastructure constraints limit the travel of certain fueled vehicle types, commingled AMI metering of overall regional transportation fueling need brings to bear, among other transportation fueling and funding issues, the exact point where the fueling and the subsequent taxation of bio fueled powered vehicles, brings to our overall nationwide highway funding conundrum a blueprint that will enable the EV or the CNG or the BIO fueled infrastructure to smooth itself out over the course of say several hundred interstate highway miles that are currently devoid of such high tech, multi faceted transit based economic fueling interaction today.
No matter how one chooses to characterize our nation’s plight to create an advanced public utility infrastructure, defining the parameters of whole energy management is simply crucial to that definition. As it might seem somewhat odd that after years of back and forth bickering over the plight of our planet and the rights of those who live on our planet that a simple Advanced Metering Infrastructure device could resolve all such social turmoil, the fact of the matter is that it both can and must much sooner than later.
Below in Chart 3, you will find a rather comprehensive outline of the issues that can be resolved once in fact such a device is used to our collective national benefit.
Whereas the information contained within Chart 3 above simply lists a rather substantial amount of “data” that needs to be both processed and applied so that we can, as a nation, get on with the task of growing all aspects of our 21st century mixed energy infrastructure, needless to say such a chart is nothing more than yet another interpretation of the structural issues we face.
As it is, in Chart 4, I try to put this dialogue into a more human setting.
Chart 4 is entitled “the Utility Grid, LEVERAGING ENERGY, Powering Finance, In the Neighborhood.”
As you will be able to see from viewing this Chart 4 diagram, the list of things we need to get on with doing in this country, truly needs to be applied in a structural fashion that enables everyone the ability to benefit. Earlier on in this essay, I characterized the fact that all such infrastructure improvement within our nation, ultimately needs to be applied first to one single house in every neighborhood throughout America before we can expect to be able to map succinctly the vast array of advanced energy business models that are all ultimately supposed to be going into out nation’s overwhelming supply of entirely obsolete residential property portfolios. As our residential properties are in fact the engineering vehicles that drive virtually every aspect of our economy, the only possible way for such a drive to be truly ignited throughout our nation is to grasp firmly the concept of strict application of Building Codes that simple allow every expert in every industry, the means necessary to communicate with not just the homeowner, but, virtually every segment of the building trades, municipal regulatory agencies, public utility regulatory bodies, community based educational institutions, labor organizations, bankers, and on and on.
Chart 4 simply gives those who are reading it, my version of what it is that needs to be done so that in fact we can get on with the task of getting it done.
Beyond all of that, Chart 5 is simply a picture of a 1957 Chevrolet Apache Step Side Pick Up Truck.
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Mike Patrick Dahlke
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