I guess that could be what they're proposing, although it seems like a typical government attempt to be seen
to be doing something, rather than actually accomplishing anything useful.
Mind you, as Alan will confirm, France has had an even more effective system of this sort for years. They just have ridiculously low ratings for supplies so that so that as soon as British visitors try to plug in their big 3kW electric kettle the main breaker trips!
Does anyone remember the thread from a while ago about the power limiters for some rural electrification schemes in Africa? I've done a quick search but can't find it. The utilities are giving flat-rate service with power restrictors on the supply limiting current to very low values, sometimes as little as 1 ampere.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 07-16-2005).]