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A new electric vehicle (EV) charging superhub is set to open in Oxford later this year. The project, which  will initially consist of 38 fast and ultra-rapid chargers, will provide up to 10MW of power on site and will scale up to meet the need for EV charging in the area over the next three decades.
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UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a new online portal that enables installers to get quicker and easier decisions on whether they can connect green technologies such as electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps, solar panels and batteries. The electricity distribution network said Smart Connect was developed in partnership with Octopus Electric Vehicles in response to feedback from customers, who said the old process was confusing and time-consuming.
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Energy Systems Catapult is adding smart electric vehicle (EV) charging capabilities to its Living Lab of real-world smart homes. Cloud-based smart charging software developed by ev.energy will be incorporated into its new digital integration platform allowing suppliers, aggregators and home technology providers to trial new products and services in the 200 connected homes that now make up the lab.
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More than 200 projects to install electric vehicle charging points across the UK have been approved as part of a £300 million green recovery scheme, of which just over half represents new funding for RIIO-ED1.
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A taskforce has been launched to accelerate the digitalisation of the energy system. The Energy Digitalisation Taskforce is the successor to the Energy Data Taskforce and will once again be chaired by Laura Sandys.
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Utility Week gauges industry views on the approval of mandatory half hourly settlement (MHHS), including whether the timeline is realistic and if there is a danger the process could actually slow down early adopters of smart tariffs. Including contributions from Octopus' Rachel Fletcher, Marzia Zafar of Kaluza and Mark Bygraves at Elexon.
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A survey by the newly formed Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England has revealed EV drivers are poorly satisfied with the country’s current public charging infrastructure. The survey, which was commissioned in response to the government consultation Consumer experience at public electric vehicle chargepoints, polled more than 1,200 drivers in total.
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Western Power Distribution has launched an open access online portal offering a “wealth of data” on consumption, generation and loads across its network. The Beta Connected Data Portal is the first of its kind to be launched by a distribution network operator in Great Britain.
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UK Power Networks has asked small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to express their future transport needs as it seeks to develop a strategy to assist them in making the switch to electric vehicles. The distribution network operator said it is keen to ensure that SMEs, which unlike larger firms may lack the time, resources or information to make the transition, are not left behind in getting the charging infrastructure they require.
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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has secured £320,000 of funding from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance to develop a portable charging device for electric vehicles. The 18-month Local Electric Vehicle Energy Loop project will seek to address short term fluctuations in demand, for example, due to increased travel by both tourists and local drivers during warmer months or road works or accidents that prevent access to some charging points.
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