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UK Power Networks Services builds renewables portfolio
UK Power Networks Services builds renewables portfolio

We are expanding our portfolio of key infrastructure assets with the acquisition of UU Solar, from SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust LLP (SEEIT).

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Sustainability

Our SCADA technology accelerates the transition to a decarbonised future
Our SCADA technology accelerates the transition to a decarbonised future

With continued investment in an innovative facility that allows us to control, manage and monitor substations and other electrical infrastructure on behalf of our clients, we are helping the industry to accelerate its transition towards a decarbonised future.

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Industries

Our clients include some of the highest profile public and private sector organisations with critical infrastructure in complex environments.

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Supporting Transport for London in the delivery of 54 new trains for Docklands Light Railway
Supporting Transport for London in the delivery of 54 new trains for Docklands Light Railway

UK Power Networks Services continues to support Transport for London in its strategic ambitions to add 54 new trains to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) by 2024.

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Driving towards an all-electric future

UKPNS Driving Towards All Electric Future Large

The electric vehicle transition is gathering pace, and the question has turned from if to when uptake will reach a tipping point.

Our clients are seeing the transition of their fleet to EVs as an opportunity to develop their reputation and corporate social responsibility, support the reduction of vehicle running costs and meet their business sustainability targets. The UK EV and charging infrastructure market has strong government support with a new £400m fund, as well as £100m in extra funding to support the current grants for hybrid and electric.

Electric vehicle implementation has now become one of the core sustainability strategies for the majority of organisations.

Whether businesses are switching to pure-electric, range-extended electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, an important consideration is the development of both the electricity network and EV charging infrastructure to support their transition ambitions.

Businesses typically need to consider the use of on-street, offstreet, en-route, depot, or destination charging infrastructure as part of any transition strategy. The development of charging infrastructure on site could be cost prohibitive if not considered early in the EV transition planning process.

In developing charging infrastructure at a site, understanding the projected EV load, existing connection capacity, energy costs and security, and phasing of the infrastructure investment are key considerations. This is essential, especially given that a fleet of 20 3.5 tonne electric vans can double the annual energy demand of an average small depot.

 

These challenges can be overcome through:

  • Active network management to minimise network reinforcement
  • Energy storage and on-site generation to reduce costs
  • A staged infrastructure investment approach
  • The change in capital and operational expenditure mix, and an appropriate funding mechanism
  • Opportunities for income from the aggregation of assets – for example, V2G
  • Long-term maintenance and asset management of the asset

The benefits of this multi-faceted approach is that businesses can build the infrastructure now and easily adjust their strategy as further innovation opportunities emerge, the EV and charging infrastructure market matures, and their business requirements change.

When working with our clients, we encourage taking a long-term approach to optimise and integrate charging infrastructure and ultimately deliver commercial, sustainability and fleet ambitions.

With the right EV Infrastructure strategy, commercial and public sector enterprises can gain competitive advantage, lock in value and achieve their low emission transport ambitions with close to zero-marginal cost.

 

Authored by Kieran Coughlan, Head of Asset Management

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