“There is a new world wide web emerging right before our eyes. It is a global energy network and, like the internet, it will change our culture, society and how we do business. More importantly, it will alter how we use, transform and exchange energy.” - Terrawatts.com home page
The dark horse of the New World Order is not Communism, Socialism or Fascism: It is Technocracy.
The development and implementation of Smart Grid technology in the U.S. - reinventing the electrical grid with Wi-Fi enabled digital power meters - is proceeding at breakneck speed. Although Smart Grid is the result of years of government planning, the recent kickoff was made possible through massive “green” grants that were quietly included in President Obama’s economic stimulus package starting in 2009.
These lucrative grants have drawn in a host of corporate players, from utility companies to digital meter manufacturers to control software vendors. Global companies like IBM, GE and Siemens are putting their full effort behind the “build-out” that will consolidate all of America into a single, integrated, communication-enabled electric delivery and monitoring system, collectively called Smart Grid.
Proponents of Smart Grid claim that it will empower the consumer to better manage his or her power consumption and hence, costs. The utility companies will therefore be more efficient in balancing power loads and requirements across diverse markets.
However, like carnival barkers, these Smart Grid hocksters never reveal where or how Smart Grid came into being, nor what the ultimate endgame aims to achieve; perhaps most of them have no idea either, but simply repeat the mantra as if they know what they are talking about.
In Smart Grid: The Implementation of Technocracy?, I revealed the background of both Technocracy and Smart Grid, and most importantly, the links between them. Smart Grid is born out of Technocracy and not the other way around.
Technocracy is a totalitarian system of government where scientists, engineers and technicians monitor and control all facets of personal and civic life - economic, social and political. Herein lies the real danger: Who are these unelected controllers and why should anyone believe that they would be benevolent dictators instead of tyrants? Americans are a freedom-loving people who would certainly reject Technocracy’s stealth takeover, if only they were aware of it. Indeed, Americans did pointedly reject Technocracy in the 1930’s!
Thirty years ago, a researcher’s mantra was “Follow the money, follow the power.” This must now be restated: “Follow the energy, follow the power.”
In 1932, Technocracy, Inc. called for the destruction of price-based economic systems and the creation of an energy-based accounting system that would measure inputs and outputs of human activity in terms of energy production, distribution and consumption. The requirements for a successful system was co-authored by M. King Hubbert, a young geo-physicist who later developed “Hubbert’s Peak Oil Theory” that provided intellectual backing for the modern environmental or “green” movement.
Specifically, Hubbert detailed the requirements for a successful implementation of Technocracy:
Of course, the technology to fulfill these requirements did not exist in 1932. However, it is worth noting that Technocracy Inc.‘s leadership was intimately familiar with the early work of International Business Machine’s (IBM) computing technology. They clearly envisioned a time in the future where the advancement of the technology would meet the minimum level necessary to implement these requirements.
That day of advanced technology has come and the project is now called Smart Grid. The endgame is to implement a modernized version of historic Technocracy on a national, continental and global basis.
It is strongly recommended that the reader carefully review Smart Grid: The Implementation of Technocracy and Carbon Currency: A New Beginning for Technocracy? to gain a solid perspective on the historical aspect of Technocracy.
Some would argue that it is mere coincidence that these requirements are fully met with Smart Grid technology. However, the reasons for the existence of Technocracy in the 1930’s are the same reasons given today: Energy efficiency, load balancing, fairness, alleviating poverty and hunger, etc.
The feigned concern for those in poverty and hunger in the underdeveloped nations is hollow. Technocracy is pointedly amoral in its practice: The means (their scientific method/process) justifies the end, whatever the end might turn out to be.
In addition to the United States, Smart Grid is being implemented in both Canada and Mexico. Planners are working on standards that will integrate all of North America into a single, unified Smart Grid system.
Moreover, there is a serious initiative underway to create a Global Smart Grid that will integrate all the continents on the globe!
The Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) presents this Dymaxion (tm) Map of the world from the perspective of the North Pole that reveals the global grid currently under construction. The only part of planet earth left untouched is Antarctica. The yellow lines represent high-voltage electrical transmission links that are capable of transferring large amounts of energy from continent to continent.
The GENI project is gathering momentum and is endorsed by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) and Noel Brown (North American Director, United Nations Environmental Program), the United Nations and by the governments of Canada New Zealand, Switzerland, and China, among others.
The nature of the global grid is revealed on the Terrawatts website:
“There is a new world wide web emerging right before our eyes. It is a global energy network and, like the Internet, it will change our culture, society and how we do business. More importantly, it will alter how we use, transform and exchange energy.
“There is no energy supply problem, there is an energy distribution problem, and the emerging solution is a new world wide web of electricity.” (Color and emphasis in original text)
The concept of a Network of Things was presented in “Smart Grid: The Implementation of Technocracy?” As the traditional Internet connects people (e.g., Facebook, e-mail, videos, web sites), the Energy Web will connect inanimate objects like thermostats, appliances, meters, station controllers, data collection and control computer systems, etc. for the automatic balancing of load consumption across the target power grid. Once computer programs and algorithms are in place, such a grid will operate autonomously with minimal human intervention.
The GENI website credits the late R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) as the conceptual father and designer of the global energy network. In his 1982 book, Critical Path, Fuller wrote,
“This world electric grid, with its omni-integrated advantage, will deliver its electric energy anywhere, to anyone, at any one time, at one common rate. This will make a world-around uniform costing and pricing system for all goods and services based realistically on the time-energy metabolic accounting system of Universe.
“In this cosmically uniform, common energy-value system for all humanity, costing will be expressed in kilowatt-hours, watt-hours and watt-seconds of work. Kilowatt-hours will become the prime criteria of costing the production of the complex of metabolic involvements per each function or item. These uniform energy valuations will replace all the world’s wildly inter-varying, opinion-gambled-upon, top-power-system-manipulatable monetary systems. The time-energy world accounting system will do away with all the inequities now occurring in regard to the arbitrarily maneuverable international shipping of goods and top economic power structure’s banker-invented, international balance-of-trade accountings. It will eliminate all the tricky banking and securities-markets exploitations of all the around-the-world-time-zone activities differences in operation today, all unbeknownst to the at-all-times two billion humans who are sleeping.”
If this sounds familiar, it should: It is an unvarnished re-hash of 1930’s-style Technocracy, except on a global, versus continental, scale. Electricity is delivered equally to all, and the the price-based economic system is replaced by a “time-energy world accounting system” based on kilowatt-hours, watt-hours and watt-seconds.
There is no evidence that such a system will ever work, but that hasn’t stopped global groups from rushing headlong into the global initiative. Take, for instance, the World Economic Forum.
If a skeptic were to question the seriousness of organizations like Terrawatts and GENI, they should consider that the elitist World Economic Forum (WEF) has thrown its collective weight behind the initiative. It has managed to link the advancement of Smart Grid to the reduction of carbon emissions, thus promising a tangible way to fight global warming.
Founded in 1971, the WEF meets annually in Davos, Switzerland. Attendees are mostly the “who’s who” of the global elite.
The WEF presented a major progress report in January 2011 titled, “Energy Industry Partnership Programme”:
“Accelerating Successful Smart Grid Pilots, a World Economic Forum report developed with Accenture and industry experts, sets out the centrality of smart grids as key enablers for a low-carbon economy and in response to increasingly growing energy demands. Over 60 industry, policy and regulatory stakeholders were engaged in the Accelerating Successful Smart Grid Pilots report, to identify the factors that determine the success, or otherwise, of smart grid pilots… There is an opportunity to launch the next wave of development towards a lower carbon energy system, and successful smart grid pilots will be a key step in this process.” [emphasis added]
Mark Spelman, Global Head of Strategy at Accenture, participated in the WEF’s Smart Grid Workshop in 2010. When asked the question, “What value can Smart Grid add in the next 30 years?”, Spelman replied, “Smart Grids are absolutely fundamental if we are going to achieve some of our climate change objectives. Smart Grids are the glue, they are the energy internet of the future and they are the central component which is going to bring demand and supply together.”
Spelman may not call himself a Technocrat, but he certainly uses the language of Technocracy like a pro.
The global energy network, or Smart Grid, will operate due to universally accepted engineering standards that make data and energy flows compatible with each other. Who will supply the standards? The venerable Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE Standards Association.
The IEEE claims that it is “the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.” Founded in 1884, it has been involved with electricity standards and development since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Today, however, the IEEE is massively global, with 395,000 members in 160 countries and it supports approximately 900 active standards in various fields of engineering and science.
As it states on its Smart Grid website, the IEEE has staked its claim, in clear language, on the global energy initiative:
“There’s no global organization to oversee all nations’ energy systems transformations‚Äìit is a vast movement and it’s in its infancy. With our 38 societies and seven councils IEEE is positioned to lead the smart grid initiative. Through them and our 395,000 members, who work in the world’s academic, government and private sectors, IEEE touches virtually every aspect of the smart grid.
“We leverage our strong foundation and inclusive collaboration to evolve standards, share best practices, publish developments and provide related educational offerings to further the smart grid. We are at the forefront of advancing technology and facilitating successful deployments throughout the world. Working hand in hand with other leading organizations to create one set of standards for the smart grid is the way we can ensure success.”
IEEE’s bravado is not unwarranted: It truly is the only global organization capable of such a monumental task. When given the challenge to unify the global energy network, 395,000 engineers should be enough to complete the mission!
The IEEE Student Branch at Northern Illinois University notes in their About Page, “IEEE has managed to bring technocrats from all over the world on a single platform.” Indeed.
This report highlights the following:
It is not clear who will oversee any or all facets of the global Smart Grid. The implied suggestion is that it will be the same engineers and global corporations that are currently developing it. There is no suggestion anywhere in literature that there is a plan for a hand-off of the resulting system to a political structure that serves the people.
The negative side of Smart Grid is seldom mentioned. Take cyber-security, for instance. Picture a tech-savvy criminal who breaks into the data within your local substation: Based on your power profile, he knows when you are home and when you are not home, when you are awake and when you are asleep, whether you have a security system turned on or off, etc. Such a criminal could turn the entire area into a very successful crime spree.
With the global groundswell of activity to create the global Smart Grid, it is doubtful that the initiative can be stopped, especially since it is so closely intertwined with the global warming movement and hence, sustainable development and even Agenda 21.
In the United States, Smart Grid is ramping up without any legislative oversight or involvement; in other words, it is being implemented by Executive Branch fiat.
The original Technocracy, Inc. was successful for a season due to the bone-crushing pressure of the Great Depression. The Great Depression II currently underway will almost certainly sponsor renewed cat-calls that “Capitalism is dead” and pleas for a new system to replace it. The only system waiting in the wings, so to speak, is Technocracy, and its enabling infrastructure is the new World Wide Web of Energy.
Bibliography and Resources
Explaining Smart Grid, World Economic Forum video, 2011
The Enernet video presentation, Bob Metcalfe, founder of 3Com and co-inventor of Ethernet
Special Note: In preparing for this report, the editor would like to give special thanks to Dr. Martin Erdmann, Carl Teichrib and Dr. Michael Coffman, for their encouragement, testing of ideas and additional supporting research.
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Patrick M. Wood is the editor of The August Review, which is an exclusive Internet-based publication and focuses on the Trilateral Commission, its members and activities.
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