Energy crisis solved!? ‘Poor families (w/ smart meters) will be paid not to use electricity at certain times’ to reduce risk of blackouts
3) Poor families will be paid not to use electricity at certain times
The Times, 27 June 2022
Millions of households could be paid to use less electricity at peak times this winter under plans from the National Grid to reduce the risk of blackouts.
The company responsible for keeping the lights on is working urgently to establish a scheme to pay consumers with smart meters to ration their usage voluntarily when supplies are scarce.
It believes that this could be a cheaper and greener option than paying fossil fuel power plants to generate more electricity, as Russia restricts the gas supplies to Europe and stokes fears over security of supply.
The proposed scheme by National Grid’s electricity system operator (ESO) would reward households for shifting the time at which they carry out power-hungry activities such as cooking, using the washing machine or charging electric vehicles.
Households typically pay 28.34p for each kilowatt-hour of electricity they use, but could instead potentially be paid as much as £6 for each kilowatt-hour that they avoid using at peak times, according to initial proposals seen by The Times.