I was reading the Cover Story, Pushing for a Venture Capitol in the Congressional Quarterly’s Weekly magazine on government, commerce and politics, when this item popped off the page. GE relocated it’s water heater factory from China to Kentucky to take advantage of $25 Million in tax credits provided through the “advanced energy manufacturing” program enacted under the 2009 economic stimulus law.
“. . . GE’s relocation to Kentucky offers a perfect advertisement for the administrations ideas. It’s new water heaters incorporate “smart grid” technology that allows them to communicate with utilities and cut electricity during peak periods.”The Kentucky plant will also produce more energy efficient washers and dryers. The article does not say they will be including smart chips in the washer and dryers, but GE did take the $25 million in “advanced energy manufacturing” money, which is code words for putting energy control devices in your appliances. That same stimulus bill also funded PG&E's SmartMeters and the associated smart grid.
If you are buying GE appliances, be aware that they may have smart grid chips that will allow PG&E to control your appliance use. Do you want some anonymous bureaucrat in a air conditioned building in Sacramento decide if you will have hot water for a shower after cutting your lawn on a hot summer afternoon? Really?
Exit Question: What other companies are taking advantage stimulus money to install smart grid chips.