Ofgem rejects ScottishPower accusation that it is stalling electric vehicle roll-out

Ofgem responded to an article in the Guardian in which ScottishPower’s chief executive Keith Anderson was reported as accusing Ofgem of hindering the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) roll-out due to its “colossal disconnect” with Britain’s climate policies.

The regulator issued its decision on 18 October to refuse ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN) an addition £42mn allowed revenue in the May 2019 reopener window for the RIIO-ED1 price control related to network reinforcement and monitoring to accommodate the accelerated uptake of EVs. In total, Ofgem allowed £64mn of funding requests and refused around £258mn over six distribution network operators.

Ofgem said it disallowed SPEN’s request because “they simply did not justify the costs of their proposal to us” and said one of its core priorities a net zero emissions economy by 2050 at the lowest costs to consumers, which included prioritising EV roll-out.

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