Less electricity during peak hours and remote ‘limited’ meters: here is the Brussels plan to fight expensive energy – Il Fatto Quotidiano

Reduce the power of the meters in homes during the day to reduce electricity consumption by at least 5% in times of peak of consumption. This is the European strategy according to what we read in the conclusions of the summit on Friday between the EU ministers in which the Commission to prepare a consumption reduction plan. To anticipate it is The messengeraccording to which Brussels has already opted for a mandatory light rationing, while that of gas will remain voluntary. Provisions contained in the draft prepared by Berlaymont building and to which the 27 European chancelleries, once it enters into force, will necessarily have to adapt.

The limit to the supply of electricity will be possible thanks to the new ones smart metering, the smart meters that for several years electricity distributors have installed practically in all homes and in all condominiums. Thanks to them, distributors can act remotely lowering or raising the power of the electricity supplied. Thus in the peak hours, i.e. those included in the F1 range, between 8 and 19the power will be reduced.

However, it is not certain that the reduction will remain continuous for all these 11 hours, but it is more likely that the times of the day are chosen when the demand for energy tends to rise, between 6 and 7, when people return home and turn on TV, lights and other appliances. Thus, they will no longer be able to function all at the same time.

The risks are linked, for example, to the difficulties that the people who use it could face life-saving machines in home. However, this question can be resolved because the distributors know the location of this equipment, since the meters to which they are attached are signaled.

The decision is linked to the fact that 40% of national electricity production takes place through the use of methane and in view of the rationing imposed by conflict in Ukraine and the consequent ones stop to supplies imposed by Russia in response to European sanctions it is necessary to minimize the consumption of gas.

On the other hand, Europe will also push for the introduction of a revenue cap of electricity producers from other sources. Today, those who produce with wind, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear (as in France) and also with coal, are making extra profits for the so-called mechanism of marginal price. And this, in Brussels’ plans, absolutely must be limited in order to avoid speculations. To date, the power plant that has the most expensive raw material, gas, makes the selling price of energy for all the other producers as well. In Europe’s plans, however, those who produce energy with cheaper sources other than gas will not be able to earn more than 200 euros per megawatt hour. This is not a price cap, but a revenue cap. This means that the benefit will not immediately be felt on the bills. Thus consumers will continue to pay them at the market price and the extra revenue between the price paid by consumers and the ceiling of 200 euros per megawatt hour set for producers will go to the state, which will decide who to allocate it to, with attention to the weaker sections of the population. .

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Less electricity during peak hours and remote ‘limited’ meters: here is the Brussels plan to fight expensive energy – Il Fatto Quotidiano


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