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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19210: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Ofgem regarding what action is being taken to ensure that there is adequate electrical distribution infrastructure to deal with an increase in demand in electric vehicles.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 29 October 2018

The Scottish Government engages regularly with Ofgem at ministerial and official levels on a number of issues, from developing price controls for electricity and gas network providers, to network charging and access reform, and the development of our network vision.

We use these engagements to stress the importance of these processes and reforms, most of which apply across Great Britain, taking Scottish Government ambitions into account, such as those set out in the 2017 Scottish Energy Strategy. Our engagement also specifically covers our commitment to phase out the need for petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032, and the related need for network infrastructure and regulation to accommodate growing demand for, and numbers of, electric vehicles.

There are matters on which Scottish Goverment is activitly engaging with wider stakeholders as part of our Networks Vision Statement.