Committee seeks Members’ views on EVs and energy systems

Views are sought

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is seeking the views of SELECT Members as part of a new energy inquiry.

As part of a wider focus on electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, the committee wants written input from as many people as possible on the following themes:

  • The impact of increasing numbers of EVs on electricity generation, transmission and distribution
  • The role of EVs in balancing electricity transmission and distribution networks. Are new battery and grid technologies being adequately supported and rolled out to enable this?
  • Are enough and the right type of EV charging points delivering accessible charging, and keeping up with consumer demand?
  • Given the declaration of a climate emergency, what more needs to be done to promote a change in culture where EVs are the preferred alternative to fossil fuelled vehicles?

The committee is also seeking focused views and submissions on local energy systems, namely:

  • The appropriateness and achievability of the 2020 and 2030 community and locally owned energy targets. What are the key issues impacting the viability of relevant schemes?
  • Whether it is appropriate to incorporate community and locally owned schemes in the same target and policy area. What more could be done to encourage and support community owned schemes?
  • Do CARES Grants and Loans adequately support relevant projects?
  • The role of District Network Operates in connecting community and locally owned projects. What more could be done by DNOs to encourage and support projects?
  • What role can smart, decentralised local energy systems play in ensuring security of supply and supporting a just transition to net-zero by 2045?
  • The role of local authorities in delivering community and locally owned projects. How can these be integrated into local energy systems?
  • What systemic and behavioural changes are needed to increase the use of smart local energy systems? Has public engagement to date been successful and what more could be done?

Submission for both topics should extend to no more than two sides of A4 and should be emailed to economyenergyandfairwork@parliament.scot by Friday 10 January 2020.

You don’t need to answer all of these questions and can focus just on those most relevant to you.

Your submission will be published on the Scottish Parliament’s website and may be quoted in the Committee’s report or in Committee meetings.

Further details are available on 0131 348 5403 or by emailing economyenergyandfairwork@parliament.scot

 

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