Energy UK takes charge
Energy UK is launching an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Forum to bring together charge point operators as the EV rollout gathers pace.
The Forum will explore ways to ensure that EVs are integrated into the energy system in a way which enables continued innovation and growth at the same time as being centred round customer needs.
Earlier this year Energy UK launched a consultation on smart charging standards – something that will be crucial to managing demand on the grid through customer choice.
Energy UK already sits on the Government’s EV Energy Taskforce and the work of the Forum will feed into their wider efforts to decarbonise of transport.
Tom Pakenham, Director, Electric Vehicles at OVO Energy and Chair of the Energy UK EV Working Group:
“The shift to electric vehicles will result in massive changes not only to the UK's transportation landscape, but to our energy infrastructure as well. These changes will affect stakeholders across multiple industries, all of whose voices need to be heard as the system of the future emerges.”
Lawrence Slade, Energy UK’s chief executive said:
“EVs have enormous and widespread potential from tackling emissions and air pollution to their transformative effect on the energy system itself - as well as the economic benefits of being a world leader in the technology involved. However, in order to maximize this potential a wide ranging and co-ordinated approach across all the different sectors and authorities involved is required.
“As the performance and cost of EVs improves, it will be vital that the necessary infrastructure, like the expansion of charging points, keeps pace with consumer demand. This forum is the latest evidence that as the energy industry we are doing all we can to bring people together and drive the EV rollout forward.”
Notes to Editors
Energy UK is the trade association for the GB energy industry with a membership of over 100 suppliers, generators, and stakeholders with a business interest in the production and supply of electricity and gas for domestic and business consumers. Our membership covers over 90% of both UK power generation and the energy supply market for UK homes. We represent the diverse nature of the UK’s energy industry – from established FTSE 100 companies right through to new, growing suppliers and generators, which now make up over half of our membership.