Household fridges and freezers will need to be automatically switched off at times when Britain’s electricity demand is high, in order to keep the lights on as Britain becomes more reliant on wind energy, experts say.
The current electricity grid will struggle to cope with the number of wind farms expected to be built by the early 2020s because the power they produce is so intermittent, according to a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
A radical overhaul of the way the electricity system is managed – including a “smart grid” that can control household appliances to reduce demand when power supply is inadequate – will be needed, it finds.
Seems entirely logical from an engineering point of view. Rather less so from a political one. God knows what the bastards will do if they can reach into your house and control your electronics….and don’t forget, today’s bastards might not be so bad as those we get tomorrow.