Ofgem seeks to ease grid with flexible charging for EVs

EV charging. Author: NCDOTcommunications.

July 23 (Renewables Now) - UK energy watchdog Ofgem today announced some reforms it has proposed to support the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles (EV) through the introduction of a flexible charging incentive scheme.

According to a research conducted by Ofgem, flexible charging can allow at least 60% more EVs to be charged through the existing grid. With flexible charging, EV owners only top up outside peak demand times on the grid.

Ofgem said it is consulting on certain plans that will cut the cost to consumers of meeting the extra demand from EVs. The reforms being considered will give incentives to customers who charge their EVs at the right time, specifically when energy prices are cheapest.

The flexible use of the grid will also enable the integration of more renewables and other technologies such as battery storage. The planned move is expected to free up existing grid capacity to allow new generators such as businesses or other organisations looking to produce their own power on-site.

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