A leading utility firm has been awarded more than £20 million to help “future proof” the electricity network against an expected rise in demand from electric vehicle users. ScottishPower has secured the regulatory funding to upgrade the existing grid so it can cope in the decades ahead as consumer habits change and new technologies emerge. It comes as electric cars are increasing in popularity, with forecasts that by 2025, one in six cars sold will be an electric model. With the Scottish and UK governments also pledging to phase out the sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles, it has sparked concern that the existing electricity infrastructure could be overwhelmed. The funding, issued by regulator Ofgem, will allow ScottishPower to “future proof” supply, with the work including the £7m deployment of solid state transformers which can closely control the network voltage and power flow, as well as provide a DC power supply.
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