The energy regulator has been blamed by Scottish Power of obstructing the UK’s electric vehicle rollout due to its “massive disconnect” with Britain’s climate policies. The chief executive of the “big six” energy company, Keith Anderson, stated businesses in this section could do more to aid the UK to become a carbon-neutral economy, but efforts are being pushed back by Ofgem’s ancient regulation.
Ofgem stated customers should not have to pay for the bill for the company’s plans because the offer doesn’t give enough proof for how much car charging capacity will be used in the future.
The decision has brought back the concern that Ofgem’s existing mandate is not in favor of the need for long-term investment to reduce carbon emissions.
Anderson said, that there is a colossal disconnect between government policy and the regulator’s policy,
Ofgem said giving a zero-emissions economy is one of its main priorities right now and it has already made sure that energy networks are well-invested to fit in low carbon demand such as electric vehicles.
“If Scottish Power can explain properly that the investment that is vital, they may be able to try again at a later time,” a spokeswoman said. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) forewarned that the UK will fail to fulfill its climate targets unless Ofgem is given new responsibilities to aid climate action.
The government’s infrastructure starts said ministers need to upgrade the approval for energy, water, and telecoms regulators to end the “culture of short-termism” that diverts the long-term investment decisions required to take care of the climate crisis.