Earlier this month, the National Grid warned British citizens of winter blackouts if they failed to import enough natural gas and electricity from other parts of Europe. according to daily Mail, The network operator has developed a new scheme to prevent the worst-case scenario of a power outage by providing households equipped with smart meters to turn off their devices at times of peak demand.
National Grid pays homes up to £20 a day (around €24) if they don’t use energy-intensive appliances, such as electric ovens, stoves, washers, dryers, televisions, microwaves and even video game consoles, including from 4.00pm and 7.00pm or 2.00pm to 9.00pm in the next five months.
Washers, dryers, ovens, dishwashers, and other appliances are recommended outside of these times, so technicians can gauge how much power is being saved to the grid when it’s busiest. If the proposed full rebate of £3 per kWh were passed on to UK nationals from their suppliers, over five months this could mean a total discount of around £240 on their bill. -daily Mail
The network operator hopes the Demand Flexibility Service will provide 2 gigawatts of electricity – the equivalent of powering one million homes – during peak demand hours, to avoid supply and demand imbalances that could lead to energy rationing.
“But the program relies on users who own a controversial smart meter, a device that automatically broadcasts energy consumption to its suppliers.says the Daily Mail.
Remember that in the United States, Colorado households were unable to control their smart thermostats during the summer after the local energy company took over them digitally to prevent people from over-demanding cooling during a heat wave. Using anything smart has risks.
This winter might be reminiscent of the 1970s blackouts in the UK, if power generators couldn’t get enough natural gas to power them.
In light of the cold season, European families have returned to burning wood, coal and even waste to heat their homes. Western sanctions against Moscow are turning against us and risk pushing tens of millions of Europeans not only into energy poverty, but also for two centuries. Thank you, NATO.
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