Held to Ransom: Smart Meters Shut Off Power Whenever Renewable Energy Output Collapses

Posted: November 4, 2020 by oldbrew in Batteries, fuel poverty
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It’s much cheaper to cut off your electricity supply for a while than it is to provide adequate backup from supposedly ‘green’ sources like batteries. Who knew?


Cough up, or the kid gets it!

So-called smart meters are a very dumb response to intermittent wind and solar, even dumber energy sources. Wherever governments attempt to run on sunshine and breezes, the push to control and micromanage household power use, quickly follows.

Over the last few Australian summers, we’ve been treated to power rationing on a grand scale – which the Market Operator euphemistically tags “demand management”.

‘Demand management’ is not about supplying power consumers with what they need, it simply means shutting off power to industry, businesses and households – and even forcing hospitals to switch their lights and air conditioners off – among other indignities, whenever the sun sets and/or calm weather sets in. That’s what our ‘inevitable transition’ looks like at the macro level.

At the micro level, there’s the push to have smart meters installed in every home or business premise, in order that…

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  1. Gamecock says:

    Generac. As government screws over centralized power generation, the people will make their own.

  2. hunterson7 says:

    Add “social credit” scoring, and imagine how creative woke lackeys can punish wrong think.

  3. stpaulchuck says:

    I agree with Gamecock. Get off the grid, at least when they shut off the power to “save the planet” while enriching themselves and their friends in politics.

    Of course when too many people do that they’ll make it illegal or shut off the fuel supply.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Right on cue and 100% predictable. High pressure system over the UK, so…

    Britain faces green energy disaster as lack of wind triggers new blackout warning
    Date: 04/11/20 GWPF & The Times

    As the GWPF and other critics of the Government’s foolish wind obsession have warned, the risk of lights going out all over Britain is rising relentlessly.

    For the second time in weeks National Grid has warned that Britain’s big onshore and offshore wind farms will be failing to deliver, generating only about 2.5GW today because of low wind speeds.

    In the meantime, the costs of stabilising the national grid and avoiding catastrophic blackouts have been rising sharply, as unreliable renewables have taken a leading role in electricity supply.
    . . .
    National Grid said that it was “forecasting tight margins on the electricity system . . . owing to a number of factors, including low renewable output and the availability of generators over periods of the day with higher demand”.

    – – –
    But ‘failing to deliver’ will be blamed on the weather, not on the policies 🥱

    Wind is on 6.6% of UK electricity gen at the moment, gas over 52%. So even 8 times more wind power added overnight would still be tight if no gas plants.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    As nobody ever pointed out…

  6. ivan says:

    You don’t mean that people are actually waking up to the scam at last.

    I pointed out when the ‘smart meters’ were first introduced their main function was to enable rolling blackouts at night when the wind wasn’t blowing, and now they admit it.

    The next thing we will be hearing is that they will be switching off the power for people that can’t pay their inflated, caused by green taxes, bill because of no jobs owing to the Wu-flu lockdowns.

  7. Phoenix44 says:

    In ten years time everyone will have forgotten that blackouts and rationing are not normal. It will simply be part of life and be the same everywhere so no-one will think anything of it. It will be a permanent feature of life. The same will happen with cars – EVs will be so expensive to buy, have such short ranges and be so irritating to charge that most will just give up or not be able to afford them as their cost of living in general will be much higher. Flying will become a thing only the super-rich do and even they may find it impossible once governments see that.

    I fear reversing this madness will take decades and may never happen given the systematic regulation of these areas by government makes it impossible for individuals to innovate or go their own way. Aa we saw with the US election yesterday, even Presidents get censored by the media and social media now. Dissenting views, alternative explanations, different arguments are suppressed from Covid through Greenery to BLM. It is the death of the Elightenment, the death of democracy and the end of freedom.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Wherever governments attempt to run on sunshine and breezes, the push to control and micromanage household power use, quickly follows.

    Here comes the new dark age?

  9. Power companies in the UK are offering to replace existing electricity meters with smart meters for free. Any such offer has been known to be a con for all the centuries since the first telling of the Arabian Nights tale of Aladin.

    Nobody offers you “New lamps for old” for your benefit.


  10. hunterson7 says:

    We are in the dark ages now.
    Our eyes still haven’t forgotten about light, freedom, and objective truth.
    The US is being flipped by a tyrannical coup as we speak.
    Thank you and tallbloke for this forum. I sincerely believe we will not be free to post much longer. Blessings to you all and the rest of the skeptics and critical thinkers. It was worth the fight, even if lost.

  11. oldbrew says:

    NOV 6, 2020.
    Gone With The Wind: Power Shortages Are Becoming The New Normal

    We are heading for periodic supply crunches in the National Grid because we are building ever more wind and solar plants without the storage capacity required to cope with the intermittent nature of these sources of energy.

    At least, for the moment, we still have gas and coal plants to pick up the slack. But by 2024 the last coal power station will be gone and by 2030 the Prime Minister says he wants all our electricity to be generated by wind.

    That’s going to be a pretty tall order.

    – – –
    Reading the small print, the PM really means he wants the annual UK domestic electricity consumption to be less than the annual wind turbine output. Obviously if you build enough turbines regardless of cost that might be true some day, but the power will still be intermittent, including blocks of days where there isn’t much wind to work with – like now. And storage can give only a brief respite, a few hours at best, from the problems.

  12. I have been ‘offered’ a so-called Smart Meter about five times. Each time I have told them to get lost, as the only way to ‘save energy’ is not to bloody use it!

    Must have been a super-slick salesman to flog this idea; but as politicians don’t know anything about energy, how is it is generated, transmitted and used: it must have been a real easy sell!

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