• Smart meters and EVs

    From the Times

    The energy industry wants to be able to turn off electric cars when they are charging if the power network gets busy.

    The proposal is part of changes to how smart meters operate under consideration by suppliers and network operators. Critics say it could discourage people from installing smart meters or buying electric cars, and stifle innovation in energy supply.

    Under the proposals, distribution network operators — local monopolies that deliver electricity from the grid to customers — would be able, via smart meters, to stop cars being charged when demand is high.

    Demand is expected to rise as electric cars become more popular. The government has pledged to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

    Critics also claimed that the change to the Smart Energy Code, which governs how meters are managed, would suppress challenger energy companies that charge flexible rates for electricity based on demand, because it would remove the need for incumbents to follow suit.

    “It is like saying that rather than having off-peak fares to encourage people to travel when trains are empty, we will shut the barriers when the trains are busy,” said the boss of one fledgling supplier.
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  • From the Times

    The energy industry wants to be able to turn off electric cars when they are charging if the power network gets busy.

    The proposal is part of changes to how smart meters operate under consideration by suppliers and network operators. Critics say it could discourage people from installing smart meters or buying electric cars, and stifle innovation in energy supply.

    Under the proposals, distribution network operators — local monopolies that deliver electricity from the grid to customers — would be able, via smart meters, to stop cars being charged when demand is high.

    Demand is expected to rise as electric cars become more popular. The government has pledged to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.

    Critics also claimed that the change to the Smart Energy Code, which governs how meters are managed, would suppress challenger energy companies that charge flexible rates for electricity based on demand, because it would remove the need for incumbents to follow suit.

    “It is like saying that rather than having off-peak fares to encourage people to travel when trains are empty, we will shut the barriers when the trains are busy,” said the boss of one fledgling supplier.
  • I agree that monopoly suppliers is a major issue for consumers and companies like Pureplanet who currently have no real option but to pay the unregulated supply charges enforced by the big 6. In terms of using electric cars as grid storage, would it not be fairer to allow consumers, rather than the electric companies, to have control of when and if they provide any excess energy in their car battery to the energy companies via the grid?
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  • I agree that monopoly suppliers is a major issue for consumers and companies like Pureplanet who currently have no real option but to pay the unregulated supply charges enforced by the big 6. In terms of using electric cars as grid storage, would it not be fairer to allow consumers, rather than the electric companies, to have control of when and if they provide any excess energy in their car battery to the energy companies via the grid?