National Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Turner - STR

Professor Turner

Director Of The Centre For Energy Policy, International Public Policy Institute, University of Strathclyde

Project title

Who ultimately pays for and who gains from the electricity network upgrade for EVs to support the UK’s net zero-carbon ambitions?

Principal investigator

Professor Turner, University of Strathclyde

Project team

Project partners

  • Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN)
  • Northern Powergrid

Project summary

This project soft-links energy and economic system models approaches to investigate questions around who ultimately pays for the costs of upgrading the power network to facilitate an EV rollout consistent with the UK’s 2050 net zero carbon ambitions. We consider how both the rollout itself and the evolution of impacts may be affected if vehicle production cannot meet projected EV requirements. We focus on the critical question of how low income UK households may be affected where their uptake of/access to EVs is likely to be restricted, and how this issue may be assessed in public policy decision making.

Logos for Flex fund project, PI Prof Turner

Published outcomes

Other published outcomes

Alabi, O., Turner, K., Katris, A., & Calvillo, C. (2022). Can network spending to support the shift to electric vehicles deliver wider economy gains? The role of domestic supply chain, price, and real wage effects. Energy Economics, 110, 106001.age effects

Alabi, Oluwafisayo and Katris, Antonios and Calvillo, Christian and Turner, Karen and Stewart, Jamie (2021). Understanding the trade-offs involved in driving economic growth in the transition to electric vehicles.


Turner, K, Alabi, O, Calvillo, C, Katris, A (2020). Who Ultimately Pays for the Electricity Network Upgrade for EVs to support the UK's Net Zero Carbon Ambition? University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 2 pp.

Alabi, O, Turner, K, Calvillo, C, Katris, A, Stewart, J, Brod, C (2020). Can the Electrification of Private Transport Lead to Economic Prosperity? University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 11 pp.

Alabi, O, Turner, K, Katris, A, Calvillo, C (2020). Network Investment and Electric Vehicle Rollout Required for 2050 Net Zero: the Importance of Electricity Price Impacts in Driving Policy Trade-offs. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 6 pp.

Turner, K., Race, J., Alabi, O., Katris, A., Swales, K. (2020). A Net Zero Principles Framework: Fundamental Questions for Public Policy Analysis. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 9pp.

Final report

Report here: CESI Flexible Fund Project- Professor Karen Turner- University of Strathclyde

P‌olicy Impact and Pathways summary here: CESI Flexible Fund Project (FFC3 - 007) – Policy impact/impact pathways