BTW, I did have an actively controllable device on my electric water heater in the San Diego area back in 1982. The utility could cut power to my water heater to shed load at will.
>> They can adjust your electric rate on a minute by minute basis if they chose to do so.
>> They are already comparing customers energy use with their neighbors to try and shame them into using less. There will soon be financial penalties for using too much power or just using it at the wrong time of day.
Old technology can do *that*. Big deal.
Again: if it’s a problem for you, get *yourself* off the grid. The technology esists to do that.
If you are unwilling or unable to take on your own electric generation — but you still DEMAND!!! that it be delivered YOUR WAY — maybe you should quit your job, join the liberal 99%, and Occupy The Electric Company.
...or is electricity something you feel yourself entitled to, like health care and a job? I don’t see it in *my* copy of the constitution, but maybe yours is different.