UK ENERGY COMPANIES SINISTER PLAN TO CONTROL YOUR ELECTRIC CONSUMPTION – On the 27th March 2013 a 63 page proposal was drawn up by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), handed to and agreed by the EU body of energy regulators which was then finally sent to the European Commission.
The document by the ENTSO-E wants to force manufacturers of all appliances to introduce a new ‘computer / sensor chip’ which will allow it to shut down your appliances at will and without your consent.
If passed by the EC millions of British homeowners will see their appliances being automatically switched off in order to save electricity when demand is at its highest peaks during certain times of the day and will, as the document reports, reduce the strain placed on the power stations.
The report outlines how the National Grid is struggling to keep up with demand and that by forcing manufacturers to include this new chip it will be better able to distribute energy needs.
The sensor chip, if fitted, will allow energy companies to turn off almost any appliance; including ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and air-conditioning units.
The scheme is backed by of the EU’s most influential energy bodies who report that the proposals will not only help struggling energy companies to meet demand but will also reduce overall usage which is, as they see it, a responsible way to conserve and reduce energy consumption and will help meet environmental impact targets.
Critics have already started to voice their concerns stating that no energy company should be given the power to turn on and off energy supplies at will, as this could lead to consumers and governments being held hostage over energy requirements. Other’s have noted that this has little to do with saving money but rather boosting profits as this would save them from having to turn on reserve generators.
According to reports there are no provisions in the report to compensate customers for the downtime in their energy supplies
“This is Big Brother technology on a grand scale. The device inside the fridge or freezer will automatically change the way the appliance operates in response to the output of the grid.
This method of shutting down household appliances could to be carried out almost instantly, saving the energy companies millions because they won’t have to start up the turbines or pay huge industrial companies to cut production. Consumers are not benefiting at all and will be left paying more when they buy the appliances, as well as having their private goods controlled by outside forces.” Viktor Sundberg, energy strategy manager at Electrolux
MP’s are also uncomfortable that this will create a ‘Big Brother’ effect that will allow energy suppliers to monitor and cut off at will anyone’s energy supply; some went further to and admonished the energy companies saying this clearly shows the level of incompetence of being able to operate such a company and that their incompetence is merely passed onto the customer.
There are some that talk of a ‘Soviet’ influence to all of this and that the proposals are simply unacceptable, stating the job of energy companies is to supply energy on demand and not when the energy company feels it is appropriate.
If the ENTSO-E is successful at persuading the EC to putting this through then appliance manufacturers will have to comply and considering the ‘control freaks’ running the EC many feel this is yet another reason why the UK should pull out of the EU – there is simply a growing Stalinist level of control that many people are extremely uncomfortable with.
I for one feel that energy companies, such as The National Grid, should be doing more to find alternative energy solutions and no pursuing a ways to control energy consumption. If it took more of its profits, some £2.6 billion in 2011, and utilized it for the pursuit of alternative energy sources instead of simply bumping up executive bonuses and shareholder dividends then this scheme would never have to be considered.
We all need energy and scenarios clearly show that without power most of us would quickly perish. If the energy companies could introduce a chip to control every aspect of power consumption there is no reason why the energy companies couldn’t hold governments and countries to ransom.
While some are saying this is a ‘Big Brother’ intrusion I would go further and state that this could lead to a totalitarianism regime, run not by a single government or even the EU but rather the energy companies.
The issue here, as the energy companies see it, is the ‘Green Energy Targets’ of which the EU has set a target that 20% all electricity must be generated from a ‘green’ source by 2012 but currently, even with the developments of solar and wind power, these are unreliable making the targets, at this point in time at least, unattainable.
The energy companies are trying to dismiss any notions of ‘Big Brother’ control and have stated this is not about control but rather preservation and prevention of major blackouts.
The National Grid stated that electricity simply cannot be stored in bulk and when demand outstrips supply this can cause major disruptions in the network and power supply requirements. The new sensors in domestic appliances would be able to monitor and check consumption and if reserves fell below 48Hz, a level at which blackouts are imminent, then the devices would kick in and shut down, for very short periods of time, certain appliances across millions of home and would have little or no real effect to the consumer. In turn this would significantly reduce demand and strain on the network and prevent major blackouts.
The energy companies insist that household appliance would only experience a shutdown period of just a few seconds creating minimal impact but when initiated across the entire network would save vast amounts of energy and advert blackouts.
The only control that the Nation Grid currently has is the ability to cut off and divert energy from industrial companies but in this case the National Grid is required to compensate any company for their losses – this would not, in the current form of this proposal, be the case for householders.
The EC is now considering the options in the proposal and the debate for those in favour and opposed to any such intrusion.
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