While the core mission of power networks has long been to keep the lights on, grid operators now face the challenge of keeping wheels rolling, as the decarbonisation of transport places more demand on electricity supplies. Last year, the number of electric vehicles rose more than 40 per cent year-on-year to surpass 10m globally, according to the International Energy Agency. While that represents just 1 per cent of the total number of vehicles, electric car sales are accelerating: the IEA suggests that, under current policies to reduce carbon emissions, the world’s fleet of electric vehicles could expand to 145m by 2030. A study by the UK’s Climate Change Committee predicts that the increased electrification of the country’s economy, including the widespread adoption of EVs, could lead to a doubling of annual demand, from 300 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2019 to 610 TWh by 2050. The development of smart meters and charging systems, combined with tariffs that encourage consumers to use energy during low-demand periods, can help “put the cleanest and cheapest power into cars and tumble dryers”. It can also restrain consumers from “using energy when the grid is strained and when generation is dirtiest”.
FT 14th July 2021 read more »
Coventry City Council has announced plans to install 400 new vehicle charging points and a new bus charging facility by 2025. In a drive to make its bus services emission-free, the Council is aiming to have 290 electric buses on the road by 2025. It will close a car park and repurpose it as a charging facility for the growing fleet of electric buses. “We also want to make sure that we’ve got a fantastic public transport network that’s the right fit for the city, so the new charging facility will make this possible, and help Coventry to become the first all-electric city in the UK,” said Councillor Patricia Hetherton. The Council also hopes to procure a new tender for a charge point operator for its electrification efforts.
Zap Map 12th July 2021 read more »
To meet our net zero target and to satisfy the ever-growing consumer demand for EV, more needs to be done with regards to on-street and local public charging. These are the points that will not only deliver convenience and cost effectiveness to the drivers unable to charge privately off-street, at home, but will also have less impact on local grid or Distribution Network Operators (DNO), which is an equally important element in the drive to cut carbon.
Current 13th July 2021 read more »
Rising oil prices could help speed climate action by accelerating the shift to electric vehicles, but would come at the expense of the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the global energy watchdog. The world’s demand for crude surged by an average of 3.2m barrels a day (b/d) in June compared with the previous month but the return of oil production has failed to keep pace, triggering a steady rise in market prices. The International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that oil prices, which climbed by two-thirds this year to highs of $77 a barrel earlier this month, could climb higher and lead to market volatility unless big oil producers pump more barrels.
Guardian 13th July 2021 read more »