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Our Benevolent Masters in Sacramento
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, January 07, 2008

The state of California is one the verge of controlling every air conditioner in the state. Title 24, California's state-mandated energy regulatory code is about to be revised to implement a requirement that will allow the state to take control of the thermostat in every new home and office in the state.
What should be controversial in the proposed revisions to Title 24 is the requirement for what is called a "programmable communicating thermostat" or PCT. Every new home and every change to existing homes' central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision. Each PCT will be fitted with a "non-removable " FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose. During "price events" those changes are limited to /- four degrees F and you would be able to manually override the changes. During "emergency events" the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be able to alter them.

In other words, the temperature of your home will no longer be yours to control. Your desires and needs can and will be overridden by the state of California through its public and private utility organizations. All this is for the common good, of course.
Words simply fail me.
 
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I will so avoid California in the future. Even Europe isn’t this socialist.
 
Written By: dawnsblood
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whiskey tango foxtrot. wow.

time to start a black-market thermostat business?
 
Written By: kr
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I’m assuming that in accordance with FCC regulations, the receivers must accept harmful interference. Problem solved.
 
Written By: Douglas Black
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Dale, and you continue to live there...........why exactly?
For those who think "Who cares, the weather is great there 95% of the time anyways?", then I’ll just say you’ve never spent any quality time at 29 Palms...
 
Written By: Warrior Needs Food Badly
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I live in Northern Arkansas.
I had to replace my heat pump last winter and was surprised to learn my co-op requires a device that cuts the unit off for X mins every X mins that it runs. X= whatever the central office decides at peak usage times. The excuse I was given was that we can purchase bulk packages of electricity from the distributers cheaper if we cut usage during peak times. The problem is I have no option but go thru the co-op.
Heck, this is redicules for me. I have my windows open and the unit off except during peak usage times.
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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I guess there will be a surge of fan sales in CA.

Unbelievable. What’s next, they remote control your fridge to keep the door shut if you open it X times in a day? Fighting the obesity epidemic you know!
 
Written By: shark
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On first reading Somsel’s article, I was kind of surprised by how tolerant — even approving — he is of current Title 24 regulations and of the other new Title 24 revisions which accompany the PCT requirement. The business about light colored shingles, for instance, impresses me as a heavy-handed, not to mention inane, intrusion of the state into what should be the prerogatives of individuals. Yeah, shingle color impacts energy usage, but if you’re willing to pay for what you want, or offset its impact in some way, what’s the problem?

Of course, neither state-approved roof coloration nor other mandated standards are as draconian as the remote control by the state of one’s room temperature, but why sit so still and nod so agreeably about any of it?

And why oh why oh why allow a bunch of numbskulls and elite good-for-nothings endlessly impede the construction of the new power plants that are so obviously and desperately needed? Oh, right. Something about democracy. I forgot.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Still think the warmingists are benevolent? I know this is ostensibly to avoid our GrayDavis brownouts, but how far of a stretch is it to control overall energy usage? Hell, they admit it outright. We seriously need a coup in the California Legislature.
 
Written By: Rob
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I’m the author of the American Thinker piece....

I have to agree that the Cool Roof standard is walking the line on being overbearing. Perhaps my conclusion was colored by my personal experience. As a renter of a house that needed new shingles, I explicitly told the property manager that light-colored shingles were much better for keeping the house cool in the summer and warm on winter nights. As an engineer, I’ve got a pretty good handle on such things.

Of course, my new roof has dark grey shingles. Why? They are cheaper in first cost and the landlord doesn’t pay my power bills. What does he care? Most building codes share that rationale - the decider might not be the only one to pay the price in the long run. One can build a house with zip seismic resistance, move out and rent it to someone else who dies when the big quake happens.

Codes like this are a compromise and are usually left to engineers (aka technocrats) to decide. Overall, Title 24 has erred on the side of being overvigorous.

The remote control thermostats, on the other hand, are a clear violation of personal perogatives and common sense. Worst, this is just the first of the planned interventions in your life. Applicance energy standards, for example, can use the same technology to bar you from washing your dishes or drying your clothes whenever the state and its agents decide.

Many advocates will atempt to frame the issue as this or blackouts but that is a false choice. As Ms. Morgan notes, the real choice is loss of Californians’ freedoms versus building more power plants, preferrably nuclear.
 
Written By: Whitehall
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Well, air conditioners are a very substantial load on the grid, at most places they are superfluous luxury in comparison to many other uses of electricity. When the Californian power grid is about to collapse, increasing the temperature by a few degrees sounds to me much less intrusive than the alternative: rolling blackouts. The idea strikes me as remarkably sensible. Bring it on!
 
Written By: Dark Energy
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If you think a/c is a superfluous luxury, then you forgo it, Dark Energy. Other people might consider it more of a necessity, or just a luxury they’d like to have.

And they could have it, no problem, if the government would stand aside and allow the needed — and quite feasible and safe — power plants to be constructed.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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So, will the state be held accountable for all the electrocutions that happen when people try to route around this themselves?
 
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