Monthly Archives: May 2014

ComEd Smart meter “Study” done in Oak Park by Black and Veatch

An article about the ComEd report:

The actual report:


The cost of implementing the meters is now and certain.

The savings are over 20 years and based on assumptions.

Based on the opening sentence of the article “A third-party analysis commissioned by the Illinois-based Commonwealth Edison Company estimates the company’s 5.4 million Illinois utility customers could save $2.8 billion on electric bills over a 20-year period if smart meters are implemented,” the projected savings are only $2.16/month/customer.


On a quick scan:

1.       Primary savings are due to reduction in nonmetered electricity delivery (i.e. Theft), the cutoff of deadbeats, and remote meter-reading.

2.       Time of use load shifting is given no weight at all.

3.       Voluntary reduction in electricity use is given very little weight.

4.       Substantial weight is given to not having human meter readers.

5.       A statement is made, more or less, that omission of the service disconnect switch would significantly deplete savings, to the point where the economic viability of the smart meters becomes questionable. They are really depending on cutting off those deadbeats for electricity conservation.

6.       No mention is made at all of “conservation voltage reduction.”

7.       An economic value is given to reducing carbon emissions, which in my view is nonsense which should be excluded.

8.       Black & Veatch mentions health and privacy issues, only to say that these were not studied.

9.       No weight was attributed to alleged increases in reliability and faster outage management.

Engage200 finances: no cuts, take money from others

The Daily Herald (5/8/2014) reported 
“Many of the nearly 200 residents attending Wheaton Warrenville District 200’s fifth Engage200 session on Wednesday drew a blank when asked how the district should cut spending.  Some said they felt the district already was “bare bones,” while others said they don’t know how more cuts could be made without seriously impacting students.  Suggestions for ways the district could increase revenue, however, were bountiful.”
True, I was there.  Most tables regurgitate what the district tells them in the presentation and the districts mentioned nothing that could be cut. 
Our table had a bountiful list of spending cut suggestions. 
- All administrators should pay the same portion of their pension and other benefits as the teachers do.
- We could stop paying lobbying groups. 
- Too late now, but there is no excuse for giving Dr Harris a $20,000  raise, taking him from a base pay of $195,000 to $215,000. (Soon enough so that the district will not be penalized for end of career salary spiking by TRS)
- The technology department has had huge raises in the past few years.  Why?  
- Buy fewer hard copy textbooks (classroom copy and a few extra) buy online versions for students to use at home (save $ and backs). 
- Prior to Dr. Harris, one of the district staff handled press releases, now the district has a PR director, assistant and they hired a PR firm to organize the Engage200 sessions.  How does this help the children?
- Consider outsourcing building maintenance.
- Push back on mandates.  For instance, tuition charged for typically developing peers in the preschool only covers 55% of the associated costs.
I would like to see stats now vs 30 years ago, ratio of teachers : students : aids : administrators : secretaries.
As for the revenue increase, all Engage200 participants’ suggestions could be summed up as “who, other than ourselves can we get to pay for this?”