The Anonymous Widower

National Grid Bets On Surge Pricing And Electric Cars To Avoid Another Energy Crisis

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Telegraph.

These are the first few paragraphs.

With wind supplies forecast to be low and other energy sources offline, a power crunch was looming by teatime the next day.

A call for help went out on a Tuesday afternoon and at 4.30pm on the Wednesday, electric car drivers plugged in special chargers to export power from their car batteries back to the grid, as part of a trial run by Ovo Energy.

Their efforts in November 2020 may have amounted to only a tiny portion of the power needed on that day, but it was a taste of things to come.

Cars and other devices will be both a source of electricity demand and a helpful tool to keep the lights on as the UK tries to build a much greener energy system at the least expense.

It is as the article says the shape of things to come.

I also believe that long-term car parking at places like airports will become storage batteries in the future. You will tell your car, when you will be returning and it will be fully charged to drive home, when you arrive. If you are running late, you would probably use an app to tell your car the new arrival time.

These developments will all be part of the Internet of Power.

February 12, 2022 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This is Big Brother stuff and will need a lot of educating people to have belief in it especially with an EV that you need to get to work the next day that it will have enough juice in it.

    On surge pricing I feel that has merit although it could price people out of the market completely at certain times which are likely to be the times they need power anyhow so maybe you should get a few kW at the base rate and pay more above that.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | February 12, 2022 | Reply


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