Labour to offer scrappage scheme to subsidise EV purchase

Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey MP announced that the next Labour government will subsidise the purchase of new electric vehicles (EVs) when drivers trade in cars over 10 years old. Announced on Monday 23 September, the scheme will initially be available for one year and will aim to replace…

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Labour commits to interest-free loans for EVs

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell announced that Labour will introduce 2.5mn interest-free loans for the purchase of electric vehicles (EV). Speaking on Saturday 21 September, he said the loans of up to £33,000 will allow low income households, those living in rural areas, independent contractors and SMEs to save on EVs.…

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RHI reform proposals and delays generate market uncertainty

On Wednesday 18 August, BEIS published its Evaluation of the Reformed RHI. The report indicates that reform proposals and delays for non-domestic and domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes influenced a minority of applicants. The report suggests that applicants who would lose out from the reforms responded by applying or…

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Smart meter deadline extension receives mixed response

BEIS’s Monday 16 September announcement that the smart meter rollout deadline would be extended from 2020 to 2024 has been met with mixed reactions. Citizens Advice described the decision as a “common sense move which is good news for consumers”. uSwitch said: “The government has finally bowed to the inevitable…

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BEIS proposes introduction of milestones for smart meter installations until 2024

BEIS issued an updated Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the smart metering programme on Monday 16 September, alongside a consultation proposing requirements for suppliers to meet annual installation milestones to support the completion of market-wide smart metering by 2024. The government is still committed to ensuring that every home is…

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NewMotion and Ford to team up to provide European EV charging

Electric vehicle (EV) charging company NewMotion and Ford have reached an agreement to provide European drivers with access to their electric vehicle charging networks. Announced on 11 September, the partnership aims to make charging more accessible to drivers, granting European Ford plug-in hybrids access to NewMotion’s charging network which is…

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DNV GL: half of passenger vehicles in world will be electric

Registrar society DNV GL published its Energy Transition Outlook 2019, providing an analysis of the future of the world energy mix by 2050. The report, published on Wednesday 11 September, predicts that half of passenger vehicles in 2032 will be electric; and this uptake will increase to 73% by 2050,…

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Smarter Grid Solutions use machine-learning for flexibility services forecasting

Glasgow-based technology company Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has employed two forms of artificial intelligence to improve the forecasts needed to run flexibility services. As part of its contribution to Western Power Distribution’s Electricity Flexibility and Forecasting Systems (EFFS) project, SGS used “long shortterm memory” and “extreme gradient boosting” forecasting techniques…

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Feed-in Tariff annual levelisation information sent to suppliers

Feed-in Tariff (FiT) annual levelisation invoices for 2018-19 were sent to suppliers on Monday 9 September, confirming and reconciling total scheme costs and FiT-liable and exempt electricity demand volumes for the year. Total generation payments made to FiT installations came to £1,408,981,588, with an additional £55,517,775 made in deemed export…

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