Smart Meters At Work
Energy minister John Hayes gets on the internet, clicks a mouse and instantly turns off the electricity being used to charge up an electric car 15 miles away. At the same time, he can shut down a fridge and a water heater in a house three miles away. History may record his activation this week of a rudimentary smart grid of two buildings on the Isle of Wight as the start of a power revolution which its advocates hope will spread across Britain and vastly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and electricity consumption.
This is what the whole "smart meter" push is about, handing over your on and off switch to the politician in charge of energy so he can mange your demand to match the power his windmills are pushing out.