By Paul Homewood
h/t Patsy Lacey
The Government is considering giving energy networks the power to switch off a household’s energy supply without warning or compensation for those affected.
A series of ‘modifications’ to the Smart Energy Code have been proposed by officials and look set to pass into law by next spring.
These include giving networks the right to decide when they consider the grid to be in a state of ’emergency’ and the power to switch off high usage electrical devices such as electric vehicle chargers and central heating systems in British homes.
A series of backdoor ‘modifications’ to the Smart Energy Code have been proposed by officials and look set to pass into law by the end of the year
Under the plans all homes would need to have a third generation smart meter installed, to include a function that allows meters in the home to receive and carry out orders made by the energy networks.
This would dramatically alter the role of smart meters, which are currently capable only of sending data on energy use to energy networks.
If passed unchallenged, these ‘modifications’ to the law would mean that electric vehicle owners could plug in at the end of the day and wake up without sufficient charge to travel the next morning.
Similarly, central heating systems could be turned off in homes across a whole area if too many electric vehicles are plugged in to charge at once, for example.
Currently, consumers are entitled to compensation if their power supply is cut off, but under these plans, this recompense would likely be scrapped.
There is also a question mark over whether to force households to install the new smart meters, or make it an opt in or opt out scheme.
When energy networks are allowed to declare an ’emergency’, triggering their right to switch off private domestic energy devices, is also so far undefined.
The modifications, tabled by Richard Hartshorn of Scottish and Southern Electricity earlier this summer, argue that networks must be given these powers if major power cuts are to be avoided as the UK switches from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
He says: ‘Electricity networks in Great Britain were not designed to accommodate the significant additional demand that certain consumer devices, such as electric vehicle chargers, presents.
‘In some circumstances, [energy] distributors will be required to act to find a balance between their obligation to operate cost-effective, safe and reliable electricity networks and the need to support customers who wish to adopt low carbon technologies such as EVs.
‘The distributors recognise the important role that flexibility services providers and market solutions will play in delivering efficient future networks.
‘In the event that market mechanisms fail or do not deliver to the extent anticipated the distributors will still need to protect physical assets from overload caused, for example, by the take up of low carbon technologies by domestic customers.’
The paper claims that ‘distributor smart intervention’ would be a ‘last resort, emergency measure, to protect customers’ security of supply and the network assets’.
There have been the inevitable reactions from the renewable lobby. For instance, the con merchants at Octopus Energy, who claim
But forget to tell you that their green energy sources have already been paid billions in subsidies, paid for out of everybody’s energy bills.
This is what they have to say now:
Clementine Cowton, director of external affairs at Octopus Energy Group, said: ‘Network companies are monopolies where every pound they make gets added to energy bills, and in return their only job is to deliver the power we need, when we need it.
‘Some are now trying to twist the rules so they don’t even have to do this – they want to reach into our homes and turn stuff off when it suits them.
‘Great British businesses have already created ultra cheap digital technology to avoid the need for this. Instead of using clockwork solutions in a digital world, companies like these should move into the 21st century or let someone else do the job for them.’
This, to pardon the expression, is a load of cowpat! How on earth can network companies supply power when it is needed, when the wind is not blowing. It is not the network companies that generate power, they only distribute it.
Indeed, Octopus Energy themselves would have to shut off power to their customers, if it was not for the grid making available back up power at such times.
This proposed rationing via smart meter has been obvious to anybody with a bit of common sense from the very start.
Smart meters, which have been mandated at EU level, never were intended to “encourage” consumers to switch to off peak, as advertised. The intention all along was to cut off power for “inessential” use when useless renewable energy was unavailable.
After all, why would government and OFGEM think it a good idea to waste upwards of £10bn installing the first generation of smart meters. That cost, added to all of our energy bills, is just the thin end of the wedge, as the next roll out will cost even more.
Or, for that matter, why would a PR company, Smart Energy GB Ltd, be handed millions of pounds to con people into having them installed?
I have a prediction.
This revelation will be covered up and discredited. But we will discover, in due course and when it will be too late to do anything about it, that it is exactly what will happen.
If you have any doubt about this, just remember what Steve Holliday, the boss of National Grid, had to say back in 2011:
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September 17, 2020 at 04:21PM