APSE Energy’s latest view comments on the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), that came into force in London this week, and the local authority role and responsibility for implementing clean air zones.
A recent article in the Guardian stated that more than 100 local councils say they have no plans to increase the number of EV charging points they offer, 122 had a plan in place to increase the number and 62 said they were taking steps to increase the number without a formal plan whilst eight claimed they had no appropriate locations for installing new charging points.
A week on from the hectic activity of the APSE Big Energy Summit and now I’ve had time to take a step back and think of some of the issues that emerged
There has been recent interest from local authorities in making pledges, setting targets and generally tying themselves down to a date to be carbon-neutral.
The latest APSE Energy event was held in association with Nottingham City Council and the Danish Board of District Heating on Tuesday.
Having attended 2 excellent events this week the breadth of the energy agenda seems to get wider and the importance of local energy related action more important.
Recent research by Deloitte has predicted that electric vehicles will achieve cost parity with conventional vehicles as early as 2021 in the UK. Deloitte expects the global adoption of EVs to accelerate greatly in the coming years, with as many as 21 million being sold each year by 2030. The pace with which the technology is developing highlights the speed at which local authorities need to engage with this agenda and be in a position to provide effective infrastructure in the near future.
The recent demise of Economy Energy with 235,000 customers, highlights the difficulties of entering and surviving within the energy supply market. Ofgem are currently consulting on changes to the licensing regime for suppliers.