I will end today by looking one more time at the big picture and how Information Technology Systems play into these global corporate tribunal economic zones around the world. One more Information System going into place in Baltimore-----SMART METERS. If you think how much data is being collected through surveillance----through medical microchips as health care-----and today SMART METERS you see why all of the space on the internet is being taken by these global corporations ------ergo, ending NET NEUTRALITY.
This is the same global corporate health/medical structure that includes University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. These are FOXCONN medical/health factories that create an entire social structure around this facility------tying K-12 and career college apprenticeships to provide free labor and all taxpayer revenue sent to subsidize the research and to create tax shelters for all corporate product development. So, what we see happening in Baltimore to our public University of Maryland Baltimore and Johns Hopkins is happening in several locations around the country often tied to Ivy League cities......As citizens in Baltimore can see all of what is planned here is the mirror of Hopkins' East Baltimore hub and what is now becoming UMMS bio-tech hub.
Why does this matter? This is the same kind of consolidation of the financial industry that gave us global Wall Street controlling all aspects of finance in our economy. Consolidation this great is what kills competition and free markets---small business and allows local and state governments be controlled by these corporate entities as in Baltimore. These will be international corporate hubs that will keep Americans with high unemployment and bring third world wages as that will be the only wage offered soon. This is not about job creation or good jobs......it is bringing FOXCONN in China home to the US.
From a friend in San Diego-----Do you know anything about Wexford Science & Technology. I think they are a subsidiary of a San Diego based company called BioMed Realty, a Real Estate Investment Trust but is, itself, located in Maryland. They've set up "innovation hubs" in various cities across the country, including Baltimore with the University of Maryland. Our governor, who has Martin O'Malley's, Stephen Neuman in tow, as well as former Newark mayor's, Corey Booker, Stefan Pryor?
There you see Baltimore's University of Maryland Medical System tied to this global economic zone creation mostly connected to Ivy League universities that received all of the Federal funding to build this research infrastructure----and without coincidence----lead the Wall Street corporate schemes to loot the US, State, and local government coffers with fraud in the trillions. These Ivy League endowment investments were heavily connected to the subprime mortgage frauds and corporate fraud tied to government outsourcing.
O'Malley's brother has joined the staff of Providence RI governor and is now working with Brown University doing the same in RI as was done in Baltimore----making one giant global economic zone in that area.
The American people not knowing the goals are told this is about jobs, jobs, jobs and they do not see the implications of controlled information----but the American people do understand that the US corporations that moved overseas to China to give us cheap products here in the US involved huge US factories with Chinese citizens working in the worst of conditions for $2 a day. That is the FOXCONN economic zone model. The Clinton Initiative was all about wheeling and dealing with Chinese government officials to allow the building of these huge economic zones in exchange for making these Chinese officials rich----see what is happening to US government officials? The American people never see the jobs, jobs, jobs because the initial development means bringing US global corporate partners from overseas to set up shop in the US and take the lead in our institutions. Baltimore sees this in spades----and the unemployment in Baltimore is 37% and 50% for black youth. An entire city filled with what will be sweat American shop workers. This is all aboard----but people of color and women are always hurt most.
THAT IS WHAT MOTIVATES THESE CLINTON NEO-LIBERAL AND BUSH NEO-CON POLS. CHINESE POLITBURO BOUGHT JUST AS EGYPTIAN GENERALS INTO LOVING GLOBAL CORPORATE NAKED CAPITALISM!
Major life-sciences complex proposed for 195 land Wexford and CV Properties say development could top 1 million square feet of space
By Ted Nesi Published: May 20, 2015, 12:15 pm Updated: May 20, 2015, 6:55 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov. Gina Raimondo is one step closer to her dream of putting a sizable innovation hub on the old I-195 land.
Two private developers – Wexford Science & Technology LLC and CV Properties LLC – submitted a proposal last week to the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission seeking approval for a million-square-foot-plus multi-use project on parcel 22 and parcel 25 of the vacant former highway property, WPRI.com confirmed Wednesday.
“It is a major life-sciences complex that includes lab space, academic research space, a hotel with meeting space and residential and retail components,” Eric Cote, a spokesman for CV Properties, told WPRI.com.
“It is a very large proposed complex,” he said. “The size that it may ultimately be will depend on our discussions with the 195 Commission, so it could change, but it’s currently envisioned as a project in excess of 1 million square feet.”
Dick Galvin, president of CV Properties, said the total investment in the project is projected to be several hundred million dollars. “It’s on a scale we’re not used to seeing in Rhode Island,” he told WPRI.com.
In an email, Wexford spokesman Jim Cullinan said his company “sees great potential and opportunity in Providence … to create an innovation district to keep innovation in the state.” As evidence, he cited the research happening at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, along with “strong political leadership.”
“Wexford develops projects in partnership with research universities across the country, and we believe that Governor Raimondo is doing a tremendous job creating the right environment and incentives for new development in Rhode Island,” he said.
It’s likely Brown will play some sort of significant role in the Wexford-CV project. The Ivy League school is hoping to receive an infusion of new cash over the next few years once it launches another major capital campaign.
In a statement, Brown President Christina Paxson said the new proposal shows Brown’s investments in the Jewelry District “are having the intended effect of fueling interest in further economic development.” She declined to give details on how Brown may become involved in the new development; the school is already partnering with CV Properties and the state to redevelop the old South Street Power Station.
“If the proposal progresses, we are prepared to work in close partnership with Wexford, the city and the state to seize opportunities to support our ongoing investments in academic research and education to spur discoveries that can improve people’s lives,” Paxson said.
The adjoining parcels that Wexford and CV want encompass about five acres of land bounded by Dyer, Clifford, Richmond and Ship streets. One side of the new complex would be across Dyer Street from the proposed site of the new Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark. The life-sciences company Nabsys, whose CEO is a 195 Commission member, occupies a Brown-owned building along Clifford Street that cuts into the proposed Wexford-CV site.
Raimondo – who campaigned for governor last year in part on a proposal to build what she called an “innovation institute” on the 195 land – was quick to praise the Wexford-CV proposal, which the business community has been whispering about for a few weeks.
“This is an exciting preliminary proposal that could begin the transformation of the I-195 land from vacant lots to a thriving innovation district that highlights the potential of partnering with our outstanding research institutions and our proximity to Boston and Cambridge,” Raimondo said in a statement.
CV’s Cote said it’s too soon to say when construction could begin or in what order the multi-phase development’s components would be constructed, saying the developers first need to engage in discussions with the I-195 Commission about its size and shape.
A spokeswoman for the governor said her office expects the 195 Commission to evaluate the Wexford-CV proposal “in the coming weeks,” and that construction of the complex would occur over “several years.” A 195 Commission spokeswoman said initial discussions about the project will take place at the panel’s June 15 meeting.
“The proposed mixed-use development plan, with its focus on research and development facilities to serve local institutions and attract new employers to the city, is consistent with the vision we have,” 195 Commission Chairman Joseph Azrack said in a statement. He added: “We look forward to working with the sponsors to bring this plan to fruition.”
“We are pleased that there is already such strong interest in the I-195 land – as well as in our hoped-for financial tools for the redevelopment of this land,” Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor said in his own statement.
It’s not clear yet which of those “financial tools” the developers want to tap for the project. The proposals on the table include significant tax credits and a new $25-million fund to subsidize development on the 195 land. The developers could also seek tax breaks from the city of Providence. The law that created the 195 Commission already allows significant tax credits for life sciences.
“We’re still exploring how they may be able to support our proposed development but it’s clear that some form of tax credits and incentives will be essential to make our proposed project a reality,” Dick Galvin, CV Properties’ president, said in a statement.
CV Properties and Galvin have become familiar names in Rhode Island: the Connecticut-based developer is currently turning the South Street Power Station into a new state nursing school. Wexford Science & Technology is known nationally for partnering with anchor institutions to create large-scale multi-use developments such as Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in North Carolina and the University of Maryland BioPark.
“Wexford has a strong track record of innovation and development in other cities, including Boston and Philadelphia,” Raimondo said. The Baltimore-based company is a division of publicly traded BioMed Realty Trust Inc., based in San Diego.
The University of Rhode Island, another partner in the nursing school project, “is excited about the possibilities with the proposed I-195 project and hopes to work with the applicants to define collaborations between URI, Brown University and other research entities to bring innovation and development to the state,” David Dooley, the school’s president, said in a statement.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed all also expressed enthusiasm for the Wexford-CV proposal on Wednesday.
“The administration is excited by initial discussions around developing a state-of-the-art, innovative facility which would encourage the high-tech, forward-looking jobs and investments that are central to the vision for the I-195 land,” Elorza spokesman Evan England said in a statement.
Cote gave a number of reasons for the two developers’ interest.
“Rhode Island and Providence offer a great deal of opportunity for developers, especially in the life sciences area,” he said. “There is excellent political leadership from the state level, from the governor to the General Assembly to the mayor of Providence, all taking important steps to encourage investment and development in life sciences.”
“We’ve got phenomenal research institutions at Brown University and URI that are already making big investments in life sciences in Providence,” he continued. “Those are all very good factors that contribute to our interest in Providence.”
Ted Nesi (email@example.com) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com. He hosts Executive Suite and writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi
Baltimore is so starved of city revenue from all of this global corporate development by Hopkins and Baltimore Development Corporation that we have to watch Baltimore pols pretending to fight for public school education funding as they pass laws that keep Baltimore from having any revenue that could easily go to support public schools. Totally exempt global corporations from taxes and then pretend to be concerned about public schools and services being unfunded. THAT'S A CLINTON NEO-LIBERAL AND BUSH NEO-CON FOR YOU!
Maryland is ground zero for corporate tax breaks and especially real estate tax breaks----not only TIFS et al----but REIT====Baltimore is the land of REIT and all of this economic zone development is tied to REIT real estate deals----meaning they protect these global economic zones from any taxation at just about all levels. This is why Baltimore communities are crumbling and called 'unsustainable'----all the revenue paid by citizens of Baltimore have gone to subsidize all of the development in economic zones. As you see below Johns Hopkins East Baltimore BioTech Park and University of Maryland Medical Center BioTech Park both fall into the hands of what we know are global investment firms----coming from Maryland as well. The article below tells of how devastating these policies are to communities and citizens -----and they are brought to you by ALL OF BALTIMORE'S POLITICIANS WORKING FOR A VERY VERY NEO-CONSERVATIVE JOHNS HOPKINS. O'Malley of course spread these policies all around so all of Maryland is now losing all corporate tax revenue even as wages by workers fall so too does what they pay in taxes----ergo---all of the fines and fees. In Maryland---this is Republican policy so don't think that Clinton neo-liberals and the Hopkins' neo-conservative pols running as Democrats represent Democratic policy----THERE IS NO DEMOCRATIC POLICY HAPPENING IN MARYLAND.
REITS are sold on the stock market all over the world----global investment firms own rights to and control these real estate developments.
"REITs in the real estate sectors encourage the irreversible replacement of long-term social investment at low rates of profit by short-term financial investment at very high rates of profit. REITs stimulate public, municipal, industrial and other such owners to sell off and privatise their properties.
REITs within the rented housing sectors lead to higher rents, disinvestment and demolition, large-scale privatisation, the splitting of rented housing into individual leaseholds and freeholds, the replacement of social housing by expensive condominiums, forced evictions and loss of social accountability, participation and local jobs. Municipalities and other public institutions lose strategic instruments with which to promote affordable housing and socially inclusive cities.
REITs, which are tax-free investments as long as most of the profits are returned to shareholders, lead to loss of tax receipts and to the selling off of public infrastructures. They lead to a massive concentration of financial power and anti- democratic political influence and make housing markets dependent on international speculation bubbles. They are a threat to tenants world wide.
http://base.d-p-h.info/en/dossiers/dossier-84.htmlRights but REITs : opposing the global introduction and consequences of Real...base.d-p-h.info
All of these economic zones being created as the central source of the economy in Baltimore and Maryland are completely protected from paying any taxes---when Baltimore's Rawlings-Blake ran for mayor as with other candidates claiming they would reduce residential and small business property taxes AND NOW THEY SAY THEY CANNOT-----this is why---and they know it each time they lie in these election primaries. All of the Federal, state, and local tax funding is being sent to these economic zone developers meaning citizens have absolutely no say in public policy or how public money is spent. Citizens in Baltimore have experienced this for a few decades but it is now coming to your neck of the woods!
Baltimore's City STAT and Maryland's STATE STAT will not see any of this land use made public----these REIT deals are proprietary----so you see how more and more data that used to be public is not.....so much for really fighting for transparency!
Rights but REITs : opposing the global introduction and consequences of Real Estate Investment Trust Created
by Knut Unger, Habitat Netz
Throughout the world, Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) are playing a rapidly increasing role in organizing private financial investments in housing and cities. After a longer period of development in Northern America – with disastrous consequences on social housing – about 20 important countries have introduced national REITs during the recent years and another half dozen is planning to do the same within the coming year.
Although negative consequences in the USA, Canada and elsewhere are obvious, the introduction of REITs in most of the countries took place without protests and even without critical debate. They just happened in the extra-democratic spaces where financial lobbyists make their deals with governments. REITs are one of the examples of the silent over-taking of the worlds’ economic governance by the neo-liberal promoters and profiteers of financial globalism.
Germany in this game – maybe besides Honkong - plays the curious role of an exception. Since 2005 the huge national tenants association as well as a majority of the co-governing Social Democrats (SPD) and other political and housing actors developed a fundamental opposition to the so called rationalism and transparency of REITs.
This dossier aims to give an overview on available information about the global role of REITs and it’s consequences. Based on the critical debates in Germany it tries to suggest arguments against copying the US-REITs-model. It raises questions about the needs and chances to make REITs a prominent issue in international housing rights – and anti-privatisation struggles.
Vancouver, World Urban Forum, June 2006. During the opening ceremony of the third World Urban Forum HIC and a couple of other organisations celebrate a protest in front of the entrance of the luxury conference hall. “Peoples orders” against violations of housing rights had been discussed and prepared in the movements the weeks before. Now representatives explain and read them to the protesting crowd: Forced mass evictions an Nigeria, Zimbabwe, India, the Philippines… Cuts of subventions on social housing in the USA, in Canada… Missing support for the victims of natural disasters like the Tsunami and Katrina…
Among them: One “order” which at the first view seems come from a totally other sphere. The sphere of yields, assets and securitization, normally populated by bankers and fund managers but not by social movements.
A “peoples order”, prepared by tenant activists from Germany, the UK and USA, states:
« By introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) at national stock exchanges the U.K. and Germany government plan to open given sectors of regularized, public, social or affordable rental housing for concentrated financial speculation at large scales, as experience, for instance in the United States has shown.
REITs in the real estate sectors encourage the irreversible replacement of long-term social investment at low rates of profit by short-term financial investment at very high rates of profit. REITs stimulate public, municipal, industrial and other such owners to sell off and privatise their properties.
REITs within the rented housing sectors lead to higher rents, disinvestment and demolition, large-scale privatisation, the splitting of rented housing into individual leaseholds and freeholds, the replacement of social housing by expensive condominiums, forced evictions and loss of social accountability, participation and local jobs. Municipalities and other public institutions lose strategic instruments with which to promote affordable housing and socially inclusive cities.
REITs, which are tax-free investments as long as most of the profits are returned to shareholders, lead to loss of tax receipts and to the selling off of public infrastructures. They lead to a massive concentration of financial power and anti- democratic political influence and make housing markets dependent on international speculation bubbles. They are a threat to tenants world wide. »
What did happen that social housing movements not only blame governments for results of their policies on people – as they normally do – but warn against some future plan, which normally only financial experts are aware about? Let’s go back some months in time and only some hundred miles south the American Pacific cost.
I have spoken before of the information systems around SMART METERS. None of the Big Brothers issues are ever discussed----health issues are allowed-----but the data collected by BGE energy and by what will be a privatized water corporation as in Baltimore with Johns Hopkins' VEOLA ENVIRONMENT---represents a level of data collection inside the homes as would be inside our bodies with the microchips. From knowing the kinds of appliances and when you use them to knowing what food you buy ----when you are home and not home----and being able to stop usage of vital utilities as privatization of water and energy to global corporations creates rates at whatever the market will bear. Remember, fresh water is being sold globally so shipping water from Marcellus Aquifer while it remains uncontaminated would create higher water bills for the people---not the corporations. California is already dealing with this issue. Water and electricity meters collected by public agencies are private----private corporate water and energy meters collect data that then is sold.
HighStar investment corporation is one place where Ivy League universities placed their endowment funds and in this case is the private corporation behind VEOLA ENVIRONMENT......here in Baltimore that is Johns Hopkins. All of that water and waste data then goes to this same Hopkins system of information and not our government records. Privatizing our vital utilities and Port of Baltimore is a security risk that would not have happened under a Democrat-----but Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons work for global corporate tribunal ----not the American or Maryland people. See how all of what makes the US a sovereign nation and what makes Maryland a sovereign state is being dismantled and a completely separate system tied to this global corporate tribunal is being built----with Ivy League universities as corporations acting as ANCHORS FOR THIS DEVELOPMENT.
The developing nations where US corporations went had no Constitution or Rule of Law---the people had no rights as citizens----and that is the environment that US corporations growing larger and merging into global corporations have worked since Reagan Clinton global free market neo-liberalism. Clinton Initiative did not work to protect the people in these developing nations from the abuse of US corporations overseas----they worked to allow these corporations to be free to do as they please.
THAT IS WHAT TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT IS ABOUT---BRINGING GLOBAL CORPORATIONS BACK TO THE US TO OPERATE AS THEY DID OVERSEAS.
This is why the American people must know these policies are being implemented by people that have no intention of protecting the US Constitution or our status as citizens. It has no intention of keeping public trusts and social safety nets----labor rights----civil rights----women's rights ---equal protection and this is why over the last few decades corporations and government fraud and corruption has soared.
THESE CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH NEO-CONS KNEW THEY WERE BUILDING THE CONDITIONS FOR THIRD WORLD SOCIETY WITH NO CONSTITUTION---ONLY PUBLIC POLICY WRITTEN BY GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNALS AND ENFORCED BY TRIBUNAL COURTS.
This is why all public justice in Maryland----all access to courts and all oversight and accountability was dismantled -----installing a global corporate government.
Foes fight the tide of 'smart' water meters
Brian Eason, USA TODAY 12:38 a.m. EST February 15, 2013Often when new meters are installed, bills go up even without a rate increase, because old meters can read lower levels of water than people are using.(Photo: Andy Manis for USA TODAY)
Moves to modernize water utilities across the U.S. are coming under fire from opponents who say the costs will outpace the benefits of new technology.
At issue are smart meters, new devices that measure water usage digitally, then transmit the data wirelessly to the utility.
Industry officials tout their efficiency — utilities can save money by getting rid of manual meter readers, for one thing. They also say the new meters will help residents conserve water and monitor their usage online.
"If I call in right now and I say, 'My water bill went up by $100, why is that?'" said Chris McNeil, senior account manager with energy giant Siemens, which packages water meters with billing software. "There's no system in place to be able to answer that" in cities with older billing technology.
Opponents, though, dismiss these as talking points with little basis in reality.
"That's really twisted — because really they're going to raise our bills," says Maria Powell, an environmental scientist from Madison, Wis. "The whole premise that people are going to go online and look at their water usage day to day, it's baloney. Most people aren't going to do that."
The opposition mirrors that of fights against smart meters used by electric companies. Residents have bitterly opposed electric smart meters across the country, with some success. StopSmartMeters.org, an advocacy group in California, reports that 13 city and county governments in the state have banned smart meter installations within their areas. The fight over meters in Texas has become so heated that the Public Utilities Commission keeps reports on smart meters prominently displayed on its homepage. Web visitors can read staff reports extolling the virtues of smart meters, alongside more than 600 collected filings on the subject, many of them petitions from opponents.
Pike Research, a firm specializing in clean technology research, cited the fights over electric smart meters in revising downward its own projections for the industry. But the firm still expects smart water meters to boom in coming years to an installed base of 29.9 million meters by 2017 from 10.3 million in 2011.
Delores Kester, also of Madison, complains that residents will bear high up-front costs, as utilities go about changing out thousands of functioning analog meters.
"It's tough times for a lot of people," said Kester, who organized a petition opposing the meters. "Atlanta had non-stop problems with huge water rate increases."
Indeed, the opposition comes at a time when residents are spending larger and larger shares of their household budget on water. Costs are easily outpacing inflation, according to Fitch Ratings, a market research group. In the most extreme cases like Atlanta, residents are paying three times more for water today than they were 10 years ago, as utilities grapple with costly infrastructure needs.
Often when new meters are installed, bills go up even without a rate increase because old meters can read lower levels of water than people are using.
When new meters were installed in Greenville, Miss., some residents' bills doubled, increasing by hundreds of dollars in some cases, according to reports from a local newspaper, the Delta Democrat Times. And in nearby Jackson, Miss., smart meters are projected to generate $60 million over 15 years, money that will be earmarked for work on the city's crumbling water and sewer system, according to city documents.
Opponents also complain of privacy issues, and they say the wireless technology used in them — which is not unlike signals emitted by your cellphone — can cause health problems. Federal regulators insist the signals are safe, and health researchers haven't found a consistent link between radio frequencies and cancer, as opponents suggest.
Still, Powell and Kester successfully lobbied their public utility to allow residents to opt out of the new meters if they wish — for a $7.78 monthly fee.
"We might have wanted more if it was Christmas," Kester said. "But we worked together to develop the policy that we have."
Eason also reports for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.
The American people keep being told all of this SMART GRID consolidation of our energy sources----once ALL PUBLIC UTILITIES ----is 'sustainability and going green'. Creating mass computer data bases that use more energy than a major Chinese city is not 'going green'. What they are doing is placing vital national infrastructure into the hands of global corporations that are then tied to the global corporate tribunal. This consolidation allows just a few executives at a few energy corporations to take down the entire US energy grid and that is not what the citizens in a free democracy want as policy.
We now hear constant talk of terrorists attacking our energy grid---trillions of Federal, state, and local dollars are going to cyber security of these grids and the answer to this problem is
WE NEVER NEEDED TO CONSOLIDATE AND TAKE THESE ENERGY UTILITIES AWAY FROM LOCAL AND STATE CONTROL.
California was indeed the lead in all of this craziness all the while calling it 'green' but Baltimore now has been handed to a national Exelon Corporation that will soon merge with these ever larger regional energy corporations. Global corporations are being sold shares in these deals so we have a captured energy sector courtesy of Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons-----and all of Maryland pols are global corporate pols passing these laws locally!
The fight for an energy consumer to access data whether for research or fighting inflated bills will become impossible. These SMART METER information systems have been installed in third world nations these last decades of neo-liberalism and citizens in these nations are being driven crazy with abuse and exploitation from corruption and fraud with vital resources taken from them......this is where these policies go.
DO YOU HEAR YOUR POLS -----YOUR LABOR AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATION LEADERS EDUCATING ON THESE POLICIES? IN THE US----ALL TALK ON GLOBAL CORPORATE TAKEOVER IS MISSING LARGELY BECAUSE OF JUSTICE ORGANIZATION CAPTURE AND THE CORPORATIZATION OF OUR UNIVERSITIES THAT WOULD BE EDUCATING ON CAMPUSES WHERE THIS ALL LEADS.
An “Energy Data Center” for California’s Smart Grid? A briefing paper from state utility regulators asks deep questions about how smart meter customer data will be made public—and kept anonymous.
Jeff St. John
November 15, 2012 California leads the nation in green policies and programs, from its decades-long battle to keep per-capita energy consumption flat via efficiency (accomplished), to getting one-third of its power from renewable resources (still in the works). It’s also a leader in smart grid, with more than 16 million smart electric and gas meters deployed by its big three investor-owned utilities, and millions more coming from municipal utilities around the state.
Just how all that data is sorted, collected and managed has been a hot-button topic. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has spent the past few years working on rules for protecting the privacy and security of customer data collected by smart meters, in-home energy devices, demand response programs and other forms of smart grid technology.
At the same time, the CPUC has been trying to make smart grid data as open and accessible as possible -- primarily to the customers who own the data, but more broadly to as wide a set of third-party software, hardware and service providers as possible, to jumpstart a market for smart grid-to-home energy efficiency.
Last month saw a new proposal from the CPUC for an “Energy Data Center” (PDF) that could help solve the problem. Essentially, authors Audrey Lee and Marzia Zafar propose a central database to hold all the state’s smart grid data, scrubbed or “anonymized” to protect individual privacy, but otherwise open and available to all comers to do with as they wish. The CPUC issued a “scoping ruling” this week (PDF) to set the terms for public comment and involvement in the discussion.
The Energy Data Center is a fascinating concept, and in an important market for setting smart grid trends and standards. The CPUC has created an intricate set of categories for data in its smart grid privacy and security proceedings, but has largely excluded “aggregated data that does not contain personally identifiable information” from its strictest protections -- or restrictions, depending on your point of view.
Indeed, one of the key concepts is to make this anonymized bulk data available to the public, whether for a curious customer or a dedicated research team. But the CPUC’s proposal also lays out several use cases that would require the Energy Data Center to handle non-scrubbed data -- such as smart meter reads with a customer name or address attached -- in more secure ways.
For example, the CPUC is already providing non-anonymized data to state universities or local governments via nondisclosure agreements, the paper noted. The Energy Data Center would ideally be a central repository of that secured, private data, as well as a clearinghouse for NDA-bound research partners to access it, analyze it, and churn out reports -- again, with any public disclosures scrubbed of personal identifiers.
Indeed, because the CPUC is only allowed to enter into NDAs with other government entities, the Energy Data Center itself will have to be hosted by a government player, such as a University of California campus, the paper noted. That means that the CPUC needs to hash out the rules for what it’s legally allowed to do to promote the creation of an Energy Data Center before it proceeds. In other words, this thing could take years.
Where’s all of the state’s smart grid data going now? Today, it’s pretty much contained on the servers and storage devices of the utility and its various smart grid vendors. But the sheer scale of data has pushed the meter vendors into partnerships with big data experts. Itron is working with IBM and Teradata on a data center to store and manage the flood of data coming from its multi-million-meter deployment with Southern California Edison, for example, and Silver Spring Networks, the startup that networks smart meters for PG&E, and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is working on big data with investor and partner EMC.
At the same time, meter data management (MDM) providers in the California market, such as Itron, Ecologic Analytics (now owned by Toshiba’s Landis+Gyr) and Aclara, are all key players in converting smart meter data to a multitude of formats and functions, including customer presentment. No doubt they’ll be working closely with utility partners on whatever level of scrubbed, anonymized data the proposed Energy Data Center might require.
Beyond just managing the flood, California’s utilities are striving to squeeze more value out of their smart meter deployments. The CPUC has been putting pressure on PG&E, SCE and SDG&E to start turning on their meter-to-home ZigBee radios, to start providing customer data via web portal and Green Button download, and to start making the back-end IT changes that will allow third-party devices and software to link up with whatever platforms and marketplaces emerge for the state’s smart-metered customers.
Indeed, the CPUC’s briefing paper takes a pretty adversarial tone to utilities regarding their data-sharing ways to date:
Currently, many organizations request access to customer usage information to research customer usage patterns and to measure the effectiveness of various State and Commission energy-related programs, such as energy efficiency and demand response. Yet, such information is not readily available. When a utility does make it available, it is often out of scope, aggregated beyond what is necessary to protect customer privacy and not useful to the requestors, and outdated. An ongoing concern is whether, and to what extent if any, the utilities act against the interests or wishes of the customer and erect barriers to limit the opportunity for authorized third parties to obtain customer usage information. An additional concern is whether the utility acts as barrier against the sharing of aggregated data with governmental organizations that are seeking data for research or operational purposes.
What might a California Energy Data Center look like? Texas may provide a model with its Smart Meter Texas portal, where the state’s smart metered utilities share information with customers via a common platform run via the state’s grid operator, ERCOT. Of course, Texas also allows retail electricity providers in its deregulated market to provide their own customer web portals, iPhone thermostat control apps, text-message information alerts, Green Button data downloads, and the like.
California’s market, while not competitive like Texas', is still a bit of a hodgepodge. Beyond the state’s big three investor-owned utilities, there are big municipal utilities like SMUD, or Glendale and Burbank in the San Fernando Valley, collectively adding millions more smart meters to the state’s tally. Big natural gas provider Southern California Gas has embarked on its own 1.5 million smart meter upgrade with partners including Itron, Aclara and Capgemini.
If the CPUC’s decisions so far are any guide, it’s likely that all of these entities will be contributing to the Energy Data Center. The CPUC ruled in August that municipal utilities and natural gas providers were subject to the same data privacy and security rules as were the big three IOUs, although the issue is still being contested by some parties.
Already I hear in Baltimore attitudes from employees that make working for a corporation the same as being Baltimore-----for example. We are Baltimore Proud because of all this development that is killing most citizens in Baltimore. An employee for Hopkins who must earn poverty wages says to another person----HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE WAS MESSING WITH WHEN HE DID THAT TO A HOPKINS EMPLOYEE.
Hopkins deliberately starved the city of jobs and social service funding to make supporting and working for Hopkins the only game in town. This in turn creates the motivation to protect all of these global corporate policies even as they will in the long run bring what is already third world conditions down even further. Labor unions have shouted for decades Johns Hopkins is the entity keeping Baltimore wages some of the lowest in the nation---so super-size Hopkins and add global corporate power and you see an institution dying to make Chinese sweat shop labor of the citizens of Baltimore. Baltimore pols today are almost all tied to Hopkins as graduates-----they are increasingly all corporate lawyers----and none of them see themselves as working for their constituents----they are most definitely working for this vision of 'global economic zone'. That is why Baltimore pols and the 15 black ministers that work for Hopkins came out enforce to stop the riots and protests after being silent for years of the worst abuse----IT'S ALL ABOUT PROTECTING THE ECONOMIC ZONE.
Meanwhile, the policies that would actually lead to Baltimore having a healthy thriving economy and quality of life -----small business economy with Baltimore citizens all running their own small businesses and hiring people in their own neighborhoods----WHICH IS WHAT AN ENTERPRISE ZONE REALLY IS-----all of the laws pushed by Baltimore's Maryland Assembly pols and Baltimore City Hall pols dismantle all of this. The winners and losers in a game with no Rule of Law has the same few people at the top winning all the time----IN GAMBLING---THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS! When I hear Baltimore Black contractors shout they are being forced out of business en mass as immigrant contractors get the awards----I say----black contractors played the corruption game and allowed Rule of Law to be ignored when they were selected to be winners....not it is coming around.
Maryland has had no Department of Labor, Licencing, and Regulation for decades----DLLR is completely dismantled allowing all of this fraud, corruption, and workplace abuse. As the entire Federal structure for DLLR is dismantled as well-----as the current Labor Secretary Perez is doing courtesy Obama----the American people will have no workplace protections even as labor unions pretend to be fighting to bring these rights back. You know they are pretending because they keep
SUPPORTING THE CLINTON WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS EVERY ELECTION THAT ARE DOING THIS.
China plans special economic zones in the US:
- Staff Reporter
- 17:10 (GMT+8)
China has decided to buy up pieces of the United States with the aim of setting up "special economic zones" according to a website called The American Dream. One of the zones would reportedly be located just south of Boise, Idaho.
It is reported that China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) plans to construct a technology zone south of Boise airport which would ultimately be up to 50 square miles in size and the Idaho government is supposedly eager to give it to them. The planned technology zone would include manufacturing facilities, warehouses, retail centers and large numbers of homes for Chinese workers in a "self-sustaining city."
The major owner behind the Sinomach plan is the Chinese Communist Party, so the planned city would essentially belong to the Chinese government.
The idea would be to build a self-contained city with all services included, according to the Idaho Statesman. It would be modeled after the special economic zones that currently exist in China.
The most famous example of these special economic zones is Shenzhen. Back in the 1970s, Shenzhen was just a very small fishing village across the border from Hong Kong. Today it is a sprawling metropolis of over 14 million people.
If the US government really gives the plan the green light, it could be the first of many in the US. Sinomach is not only targeting Idaho but is in discussions to develop such zones all over the United States.
Sinomach has recently dispatched delegations to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania to explore the possibility of establishing zones in those states also.
The website reports that Americans are afraid that once China develops more and more self-sustaining cites inside the country, these communities would pose a threat to US security. Despite benefits to the local economy , the Chinese could potentially bring in and store massive amounts of military equipment virtually undetected.
Some internet users view the prospect as colonialism, while others cannot understand why the government would offer the fertile agricultural land of the US midwest to China.
One netizen called march21 commented: "That's exactly how India came to be ruled by the British. India or rather some Indian kings allowed East India Company to set up trading."
Another netizen going by the name Derpper said: "You shouldn't blame the economy, blame the traitors we 'elected' who are willing to sell our home to settle a paper money debt."
As you see below----the US sold the idea of Economic Zones in China as early as the 1970s but this soared during the Reagan Clinton neo-liberal expansion overseas. This was developed specifically for US corporations coming to China to create FOXCONN factory sites. So, the use of the word Economic Zone in Maryland and across the US by Obama/Clinton and Bush mirrors this same Chinese corporate structure.....Texas was the first to make its economy heavily tied to economic zones and it is no coincidence that Texas has the lowest quality of life and more immigrants than citizens....
This is what Baltimore Development and Johns Hopkins are creating for the Baltimore and Maryland economy and it will come with all of the repression as those in China. The article above showed where the US is already allowing developing nations to bring entire Economic Zones to the US----that is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact makes official and you can bet that all of the global corporate ties to Economic Zones in Baltimore and Maryland have Chinese corporations partnered. Atlanta is an East Coast hub for Chinese businesses coming to build Economic Zones as does Baltimore.
Why would you kill a local and domestic economy in a first world nation to take it third world? POWER AND WEALTH AND THAT IS WHAT REPUBLICANS AND CLINTON WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS ARE ABOUT. Who keeps the wealth? The same few .0001%.
ALL OF THIS IS EASILY REVERSED=====WE SIMPLY WOULD NEED TO REBUILD RULE OF LAW, OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY, AND EQUAL PROTECTION. WE NEED CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICAN VOTERS WHO HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED AGAINST THIS TO THEIR OWN PERIL TO WAKE UP!
Each Economic Zone is being allowed to build its own information technology system to be its own government that reports to the global corporate tribunal and court. This is what Obama and neo-liberals are funding with outsourced IT funding.
Special Economic Zones of China
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
History Since the late 1970s, and especially since the 3rd Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Central Committee in 1978, the Chinese government has decided to reform the national economic setup.
The basic state policy has focused on the formulation and implementation of overall reform and opening to the outside world.
During the 1980s, China passed several stages, ranging from the establishment of special economic zones and open coastal cities and areas, and designating open inland and coastal economic and technology development zones.
Since 1980, China has established special economic zones in Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou in Guangdong Province and Xiamen in Fujian Province, and designated the entire province of Hainan a special economic zone.
In August 1980, the National People's Congress (NPC) passed "Regulations for The Special Economy Zone of Guangdong Province" and officially designated a portion of Shenzhen as the Shenzhen Special Economy Zone (SSEZ).
In 1984, China further opened 14 coastal cities to overseas investment: Dalian, Qinhuangdao, Tianjin, Yantai, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Nantong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Zhanjiang and Beihai.
Since 1988, mainland China's opening to the outside world has been extended to its border areas, areas along the Yangtze River and inland areas. First, the state decided to turn Hainan Island into mainland China's biggest special economic zone (approved by the 1st session of the 7th NPC in 1988) and to enlarge the other four special economic zones.
Shortly afterwards, the State Council expanded the open coastal areas, extending into an open coastal belt the open economic zones of the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, Xiamen-Zhangzhou-Quanzhou Triangle in south Fujian, Shandong Peninsula, Liaodong Peninsula (Liaoning Province), Hebei and Guangxi.
In June 1990, the Chinese government opened the Pudong New Area in Shanghai to overseas investment, and additional cities along the Yangtze River valley, with Shanghai's Pudong New Area as its "dragon head."
Since 1992, the State Council has opened a number of border cities, and in addition, opened all the capital cities of inland provinces and autonomous regions.
In addition, 15 free trade zones, 32 state-level economic and technological development zones, and 53 new and high-tech industrial development zones have been established in large and medium-sized cities. As these open areas adopt different preferential policies, they play the dual roles of "windows" in developing the foreign-oriented economy, generating foreign exchanges through exporting products and importing advanced technologies and of "radiators" in accelerating inland economic development.
Primarily geared to exporting processed goods, the five special economic zones are foreign-oriented areas which integrate science and industry with trade, and benefit from preferential policies and special managerial systems. In 1999, Shenzhen's new-and high-tech industry became one with best prospects, and the output value of new-and high-tech products reached 81.98 billion yuan, making up 40.5% of the city's total industrial output value.
Since its founding in 1992, the Shanghai Pudong New Zone has made great progress in both absorbing foreign capital and accelerating the economic development of the Yangtze River valley. The state has extended special preferential policies to the Pudong New Zone that are not yet enjoyed by the special economic zones. For instance, in addition to the preferential policies of reducing or eliminating Customs duties and income tax common to the economic and technological development zones, the state also permits the zone to allow foreign business people to open financial institutions and run tertiary industries. In addition, the state has given Shanghai permission to set up a stock exchange, expand its examination and approval authority over investments and allow foreign-funded banks to engage in RMB business.
In 1999, the GDP of the Pudong New Zone came to 80 billion yuan, and the total industrial output value, 145 billion yuan.
In May 2010, the PRC designated the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang a SEZ. Kashgar's annual growth rate was 17.4 percent from 2009, and Kashgar's designation has since increased tourism and real estate prices in the city. Kashgar is close to China's border with the independent states of former Soviet Central Asia and the SEZ seeks to capitalize on international trade links between China and those states