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Gridserve has relaunched the Electric Highway charging network it recently acquired from Ecotricity under its own branding after beginning a programme to upgrade the network with more advanced and powerful chargers, whilst also announcing plans to spend more than £100 million installing banks of ultrafast chargers at 50 of the locations. Utility Week spoke to the company’s founder and chief executive Toddington Harper.
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Electric vehicle (EV) drivers have told Ofgem of the “significantly different” charging experiences between Scotland and other areas of Great Britain. Utility Week gauges reaction from industry figures to the regulator's qualitative research on the key pain points for EV drivers.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have launched a new study looking at how customers respond to price signals when using electric vehicles, heat pumps and batteries. The research will analyse historical data from more than 25,000 households on Octopus Energy’s smart time-of-use tariff, making it the UK’s largest ever study into domestic flexibility.
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Electric vehicles offer energy suppliers a chance to step out of the shadows and have an entirely different relationship with consumers, Ovo Drive managing director Chris Russell tells Utility Week. He believes the winners in this expanding market will be companies that can take all of the complexity away from the consumer.
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Utilities consultancy Reson8 explores how to reduce carbon emissions by 12 per cent from commercial vehicles by making scheduling more efficient. This could cut the fuel needed for journeys to save time, money and carbon.
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United Utilities has added four low-emission HGVs to its fleet following successful trials of compressed natural gas. The company is also exploring opportunities to use biofuel in place of diesel in vehicles and boilers.
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Utilities should work with mortgage and insurance providers to pinpoint moments when householders and drivers are most likely to respond to incentives to switch to low-carbon options. This was the view of senior industry figures speaking to Utility Week in the wake of the publication of the Heat and Buildings Strategy.
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As part of our Countdown to COP series, Utility Week speaks to Suleman Alli, director of customer service, strategy, regulation and information services at UK Power Networks. He discusses the legacy of COP26 but also delves into action his company is taking to facilitate on-street electric vehicle charging and how it aims to “write the book on green home heating”.
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Utility Week rounds up responses to this week's slew of green policy announcements, including contributions from EDF, SSE, Western Power Distribution and the Climate Change Committee, among others. While there is praise for the ambition shown, concern is expressed about the lack of concrete timescales and the tendency to “re-announce the same promises”.
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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has seen a surge in domestic flexibility in its latest tender, with more than half of the contracted capacity coming from households reducing or deferring consumption during periods of high demand on the network. The distribution network operator awarded contracts for almost 254MW of flexibility, bringing its total to date to 709MW across 62 locations.
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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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Balancing the supply and demand of energy is a crucial but highly complex part of the jigsaw puzzle that moving to net zero represents. To be affordable, decarbonisation will require energy to be used and stored in new ways, and consumers to be engaged. Can the sector deliver? In this extract from a major new report from Utility Week and Capgemini, Denise Chevin discusses.
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SSE has teamed up with Dutch smart charging firm Jedlix to provide balancing services from electric vehicles (EVs) using its platform. The partners said they are aiming to create the UK’s largest virtual power plant to sell flexibility services in the Balancing Mechanism and to distribution network operators.  
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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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CEO and founder of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Celia Greaves, believes the UK stands before a gaping ‘window of opportunity’ to take a global lead on fuel cells – despite ‘very little’ recent attention.
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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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Kaluza and Flexitricity have teamed up to offer a new combined grid flexibility service in the Balancing Mechanism. The Ovo-owned energy platform and the aggregator will offer demand response by optimising electric vehicle (EV) and domestic battery storage, including vehicle-to-grid (V2G) for the first time.
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