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John Murray, head of EVs at Delta-EE, discuses the importance of getting the right mix of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and highlights some of the approaches taken in other European countries.
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Octopus Electric Vehicles has announced it is preparing to enter a fleet of 130 cars into the Balancing Mechanism as part of its Powerloop vehicle-to-grid charging project. The Powerloop project, led by Octopus Electric Vehicles and Octopus Energy, was launched in 2018 to enable Nissan Leaf drivers within UK Power Networks’ licence areas to earn money by exporting power back to the grid during periods of peak demand using Wallbox’s bi-directional Quasar charger.
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UKPN has added almost 2,700 chargepoints across its region in the 12 months to April 2021 to meet the demands of the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads ahead of the banning of new petrol and diesel car sales in 2030
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To achieve their ambitious decarbonisation targets, local authorities must get to grips with a complex and evolving energy system. But, as UK100 chief executive Polly Billington argues, the energy sector must also do its part in seeking to understand the needs and the capabilities of local government. She talks to Lucinda Dann about how the sector is doing so far and why local area energy planning must happen with councils, rather than to them.
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Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said networks’ response to storm must improve, describing power cuts of longer than three days as “unacceptable.” Appearing before the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee to answer questions about November’s Storm Arwen, which left some households without power for more than a week, the minister also rejected a suggestion that networks’ resilience to such events should have been stress tested by Ofgem.
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The Energy Networks Associations has set out its plans for its Open Networks project in 2022, which will continue to focus on heavily standardising and coordinating flexibility services. The ENA said the industry initiative, which was launched in 2017 to accelerate the transition to a smart, flexible energy system, has enabled the UK to establish “world leading” local flexibility markets, with contracts for more than 3GW of flexibility being made available for tender in Great Britain last year.
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Electrified vehicles accounted for more than a third (34%) of all new car registrations in March 2022, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. More battery electric vehicles were registered in March than during the entirety of 2019.
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Motorway service area operators and large fuel retailers could be forced to provide a minimum number of electric vehicle chargepoints at certain sites, as part of the government’s new strategy to boost England’s charging infrastructure. Utility Week examines the key proposals in the Department for Transport’s new strategy, which sets a goal to remove charging infrastructure as both a perceived, and a real, barrier to the adoption of EVs by making it "cheaper and more convenient" than refuelling at a petrol station by 2030.
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Gridserve, which owns the Electric Highway charging network, has agreed to end exclusivity agreements with major motorway service operators following a Competition and Markets Authority investigation. The Electric Highway network was acquired from Ecotricity and provides around 80% of all chargepoints at motorway services in the UK, while its long-term exclusivity agreements, lasting between 10 and 15 years, cover around two-thirds of all motorway service stations.
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There is a danger that the number of people switching to electric vehicles (EVs) may fall behind in some areas of the UK due to a disparity in charging costs, new research has revealed. British Gas submitted Freedom of Information requests to more than 400 councils across England and Wales and found drivers in the South of England are being charged 28% more to charge their EVs than those in the North, Midlands and Wales using the cheapest council-owned chargers.
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The UK’s largest ever study into domestic flexibility has suggested it could reduce peak electricity demand by as much as 6.8GW – or 10% - by 2030. The CrowdFlex project involving Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, National Grid Electricity System Operator, Octopus Energy and Ohme, explored how 25,000 households responded to price signals to reduce or increase their consumption.
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Nearly 28,000 pure electric vehicles were registered in the UK during December, bringing the total for 2021 to almost 191,000, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The annual tally increased by around 76% when compared to the more than 108,000 registered in the previous year, growing their share of the total car market from 6.6% to 11.6%.
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The UK’s largest flow battery has been energised as part of the Energy Superhub Oxford project led by Pivot Power. The 2MW vanadium redox flow battery manufactured by Invinity Energy Systems is being combined with a 50MW lithium-ion battery to operate as a single energy storage asset, which is also the largest battery to be directly connected to the UK’s transmission network to date.
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With intelligent energy platform Kaluza recently pledging carbon negativity by 2030, the firm reflected on the progress made during EV hook up Project Sciurus, where the firm’s vehicle-to-grid (V2G) plans go next and how the technology can be a key enabler of energy flexibility on the road to net zero.
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Good Energy has announced it will sell its entire 47.5MW portfolio of renewable generation assets as part of a strategic shift towards becoming an energy services provider. The supplier has also issued a trading outlook in which it warned that continued volatility in the energy industry will put “short term financial pressure” on the business.
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The government has insisted that the grid will be able to cope with the increased demand from electric vehicle (EV) chargers following Boris Johnson’s announcement that they will be mandated in new and converted buildings. The new regulations were revealed by the prime minister in his widely criticised keynote speech at the CBI’s annual conference on Monday (22 November).
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Electricity distribution networks need to “dramatically” raise their flexibility ambitions and “move further, faster” during the RIIO ED2 price controls, Octopus Energy has argued. The company made the comments in response to the draft business plans of the distribution network operators (DNOs), which will submit their final plans to Ofgem on 1 December. 
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