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SSEN unveils projected uptake of LCTs data to help tackle discrepancies

Image: SSEN.

Image: SSEN.

Southern and Scottish Electricity Networks (SSEN) has published research on the projected uptake of low carbon technologies (LCTs).

The research – commissioned from Regen – found that there are large discrepancies between neighbourhoods, with one example showing two areas in Reading only a few hundred meters apart, where one is due to have 94 domestic off street chargers and one 40.

The areas have similar housing types and levels of offstreet parking, meaning the assumption would be that they would have similar levels of charging provision, but this is not the case.

The projections have been modelled down to ‘output area’- a form of geographical zoning used by local authorities. Its use is an industry first in terms of the level of granularity being provided by a network operator to its stakeholders, SSEN said.

Domestic EV charging shown by output area. Image: SSEN.
Domestic EV charging shown by output area. Image: SSEN.

The data is split into a near street-by-street level of granularity on a year-by-year basis, as well as by different types of LCTs, including between different charging types.

It is hoped that by publishing the full breakdown of the data, national governments, local authorities and local stakeholders can better plan the net zero transition.

Richard Hartshorn, EV readiness manager for SSEN, said that the data represents “keyhole surgery” for future network management.

“Almost all the local authorities in our regions have set themselves net zero targets and many have well-developed thinking for how they plan to achieve their targets. We look forward to using this data to help inform them, and our plans for a net zero future.”


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