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A request from a power network company for an additional £42 million of grid upgrades to support electric vehicles is likely to be rejected by the regulator. Ofgem said that it was minded to reject the proposal from Scottish Power Energy Networks, and other funding requests totalling £247 million. The regulator said, however, that it did plan to approve £75 million of requests, including £16 million for Scottish and Southern Energy Networks “for diversions required to facilitate the electrification of the Great Western Railway line”. Scottish Power Energy Networks argued that “significant reinforcement of distribution networks” would be required to accommodate the increased electricity demand for vehicle charging. Electric vehicles are an essential part of plans to cut carbon emissions. A spokesman for Ofgem said that spending agreements already included funding for the roll-out of electric vehicles and that this funding was for specific, not general, projects.

Times 3rd Aug 2019 read more »

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