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Powys increase electric charging prices by 85%

By newtown.wales

2 months ago

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A meeting or decision at Powys County Council to be held on 02/12/22.

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Powys County Council are set to increase the price of using their electric car chargers by 85% from 35p per kwh to 65p per kwh.

In a decision by the Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys, Cllr Jackie Charlton, the County Council are set to increase the charge for using their electric car chargers by 85% to reflect other local authority prices and the increasing rate of electricity.

There are 13 charging points across the county, with one in Back Lane Car Park, Newtown.

Currently users of the charging points pay 35p per kwh used but the County Council are set to increase this to 65p per kwh.

Data from Powys reveals that the charger in the Back Lane Car Park has been used 461 times in the current financial year with a total of 4,684.90 kwh.

The report by Tony Caine, the Council's Traffic Manager, says:

"Whilst it is not a statutory duty for the authority to provide electric chargers, this infrastructure does provide a significant social value that benefits our communities both environmentally and economically, whilst helping to facilitate decarbonisation and the use of renewable energy."

"Following consultation and using grant funding from various sources the authority has now installed electric charge points at 13 sites in public car parks across Powys."

"Electric Vehicle charges are currently set at 35p per kwh. This price was originally set to align with other local authorities with similar infrastructure however this did not fully recover costs with the initial level of use of the chargers."

"Energy Prices have increased substantially this year and will likely continue increase next year, thus requiring a significant subsidy by the Council if prices were to remain the same."

"Other authorities have increased their charges to 65p per kWh and it is likely that they may increase this rate further in the future. "

It is likely that the Cabinet Member will agree to the decision within the report and the increase in charges will come into force 5 days after being approved.


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