Duncan Campbell, Esq. recaps the afternoon program on "The High Road to a True Smart Grid". The program highlighted: 1) there are $ billions being wasted in the name of the "smart grid", while the genuine 'smart' technical solutions go underfunded; 2) the public has been misled about the technical capabilities of smart meters; 3) the utility industry is desperately pushing back against rooftop solar and net metering, where customers could be paid for excess energy generated; 4) how smart meters can be 'a drone in your home', with significant violations of privacy; 5) 'opt outs' don't make sense unless everyone opts out, as otherwise utilities have 'divided and conquered'; 6) communities at the local level need to take control of their energy futures; 7) there are technologies, some very recently developed, that can create a WISE decentralized electricity grid without the privacy, security, reliability, public health, and economic risks of the present approach.

The 3-hour Commonwealth Club program featured an integrated interdisciplinary panel, including Timothy Schoechle, PhD, author of the white paper “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” published by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP), where Dr. Schoechle is Senior Research Fellow. Others included Camilla Rees, of National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy and ElectromagneticHealth.org; Duncan Campbell, Esq. of Living Dialogues; engineer and physician Karl Maret, MD, Eng., expert in industrial and military applications of electromagnetic fields; and James S. Turner, Esq., Partner of Swankin Turner, Chairman of Citizens for Health, and Chairman of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy. GettingSmarterAbouttheSmartGrid.org.

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