Energy networks response to Select Committee report on electric vehicles

Date: 19/10/18

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has commented on the House of Commons Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Select Committee report “Electric vehicles: driving the transition report”, which recommends the Government bring forward a target for new sales of cars and vans to be zero emission by 2032.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith says:

“Our members are ready for the rollout of electric vehicles. If the deadline is brought forward, then a proactive approach is key. We want to ensure the public has access to electric vehicle charge points as quickly as possible and that the cost of connecting those charge points is kept as low as possible. Dealing with electric vehicles on a reactive basis isn’t the most efficient way of doing that.”

“Local electricity networks need more information on where and when charge points are installed, along with better access to smart data and clarity on how the costs of upgrading the grid will be met, when necessary.”

Thanks to a range of different innovation projects run by network operators in recent years, Britain’s energy networks are ready to meet an increase in the number of electric vehicles that comes from the Government’s 2040 target being brought forward to 2032.

David Smith adds:

“Increasing the number of EVs on our roads is not just about increasing the number of charge points – it’s also about making sure they’ve got the right technology fitted to them linked to a smart meter. That’s important to ensure that local grids can use the data behind that to run their networks as efficiently as possible and keep costs down for the public.”

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Notes to editors

  • ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.
    • Relevant excerpts from ENA’s written evidence to the Select Committee include:
      • Charge-point installations: “Networks need increased visibility and mandated notification of where charging points have and will be installed on the network and the power levels of charging points - local and aggregated, live and historical data. This would ensure we had visibility for network monitoring and to consider a range of interventions to manage impacts, including offering choice to consumers on how they charge their vehicles as an alternative to traditional investment.”
      • Smart meter data: “Access to half-hourly consumption profiles from smart meters will be important in understanding the potential impact on networks for EV connections in the future and how networks can invest efficiently and be more responsive to consumer demand.  Currently, there are restrictions on how network operators can access, store and use smart meter data therefore there needs to be an acceptance of the use of this data or changes in regulation.”

Ed Gill

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