The energy industry wants to be able to turn off electric cars when they are charging if the power network gets busy. The proposal is part of changes to how smart meters operate under consideration by suppliers and network operators. Critics say it could discourage people from installing smart meters or buying electric cars, and stifle innovation in energy supply. Under the proposals, distribution network operators – local monopolies that deliver electricity from the grid to customers – would be able, via smart meters, to stop cars being charged when demand is high. Demand is expected to rise as electric cars become more popular. The government has pledged to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. Critics also claimed that the change to the Smart Energy Code, which governs how meters are managed, would suppress challenger energy companies that charge flexible rates for electricity based on demand, because it would remove the need for incumbents to follow suit.
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