- Computer chips will take control of home appliances when energy is low
- Sensors will detect spikes in demand for power and when grid struggles to meet it, will temporarily shut off appliances
- Can shut down supply without warning – or your consent
What is being planned for Australia with the E3 looking at mandating ‘Smart Appliance’ Interfaces for Air Conditioners, Water Heaters and other Appliances is also being played out around the world.
In the UK there have been serious criticisms leveled against the plan.
Viktor Sundberg, energy strategy manager at Electrolux, warned: ‘This is Big Brother technology on a grand scale. The device inside the fridge or freezer will automatically change the way the appliance operates in response to the output of the grid.
‘This method of shutting down household appliances could to be carried out almost instantly, saving the energy companies millions because they won’t have to start up the turbines or pay huge industrial companies to cut production. Consumers are not benefiting at all and will be left paying more when they buy the appliances, as well as having their private goods controlled by outside forces.’
Read the entire article here: Big brother to switch fridge off – Power giants to make millions
It is currently estimated that the E3 Program will yield a cumulative economic benefit to Australia of AUD$22.4 billion1 by 2024. Of course where is the 22.4 billion$ coming from? I think it is safe to say it will be coming out of the consumers pockets which is you and me. The smart meter roll out was also supposed to provide benefits to the community but we are yet to witness a single one, instead we are faced with increased bills and billing errors. It is therefore very likely that the E3 program will be another smoke and mirrors affair with the industry being the only one who benefits.