Russian Smart Meter Project Announced

Even as the so called smart grid faces confusion and concerns domestically, the Echelon Corporation, a company headquartered in San Jose, California, recently announced that they have been selected as one of five companies who will participate in a smart meter pilot program in conjunction with the Russian government.

The U.S. company, in a partnership with PermEnergo – a division of the MRSK group and one of Russia’s largest utility providers, was awarded a contract to network 10,000 homes as part of a 50,000 home test project that will be monitored by the Russian government for potential rollout across the country.

image via Echelon

PermEnergo claims the pilot program will lower consumers’ energy use by almost 20%, as well as lower the operating costs for the company while improving efficiency. The project falls under Russia’s “Count. Save. Pay” program for modern infrastructure upgrades and follows in the spirit of a 2009 meeting between Presidents Obama and Medvedev, who called for greater cooperation between American and Russian companies to improve energy technology.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

1 Comment

  • Reply April 7, 2011


    1. INSURANCE COMPANIES WON’T INSURE THE HEALTH PROBLEMS FROM WIRELESS Smart MetersnnAnd Insurance companies don’t sacrifice insurance premiums ($$$) for no reason.nnTV NEWS VIDEO – Insurance Companies Won’t Insure Wireless Device Health Risks (3 minutes, 13 seconds)n WIRELESS SMART METERS TRANSMIT RADIATION APPROXIMATELY 25,000 TIMES PER DAY, 24/7, not 45 seconds per day as claimed by Utility Company.nnVIDEO – Radiation Measured From Smart Meter Mounted On A Home (6 minutes, 21 seconds)n CELL DAMAGE, DNA BREAKS & BREACHES IN THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER observed in laboratory tests from low levels of pulsed RF signal radiation as emitted by Wireless smart meters – reported by Top Wireless radiation scientists in the world at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Nov 18, 2010:nVIDEO – THE KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE IN STOCKHOLM (the University that gives the Nobel Prizes) ISSUES GLOBAL HEALTH WARNING AGAINST WIRELESS SMART METERS.n2-page Press Release:n…AND in the U.S. and UK and other countries where Wireless smart meters are being installed, energy use is NOT decreasing, customer UTILITY BILLS ARE INCREASING, there are additional PROBLEMS and COSTS incurred from increased SECURITY & HACKING PROBLEMS and the Wireless meters are creating ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE PROBLEMS, motion detector device interference and even starting fires in a small number of homes.nnWireless smart meters are NOT mandated by the US Federal Energy Program, but the utility companies are pretending that they are being forced by the Federal Government.nnThe monetary transfers from customers to utility companies are huge, the problems are real, but the advertised benefits are NOT occurring.n

Leave a Reply