Smart meters could allow energy networks to switch off central heating systems under proposals being considered by the watchdog. The plans, tabled by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), would allow distributors to contact consumers directly to ask for permission to temporarily turn off appliances with high usage, including heat pumps and electric vehicle chargers. There are fears that mass uptake of these green technologies will put pressure on the energy network. The proposals would be voluntary and any appliances would be switched off for a maximum of two hours per day, with the arrangement ending after 12 months if no permanent solution has been found. SSEN stressed the measures would only be used in emergency situations and with the full consent of the customer, which can be revoked at any time. They would only apply to heating systems with a heat pump and not those powered by gas. Smart meter technology would be used to implement such measures.
Telegraph 17th Sept 2020 read more »