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It’s important to engage with your local distribution network operator as early as possible in the process. In terms of license areas, scottish power energy networks (SPEN) control the south and central belt of Scotland; and scottish and southern electricity networks (SSEN) control the north and the islands. The map below shows the coverage areas for each organisation.

Both DNOs in Scotland provide useful information resources for organisations looking to install public chargepoints.

SPEN’s website has useful information on connecting electric vehicles, including capacity maps. They have also produced a handbook.

SSEN also have a useful webpage on connecting electric vehicles, and it may be worth checking out their handbook and interactive network capacity map.

The two organisations have also partnered to produce a guide for fleet operators containing useful information, much of which is also relevant to public charging. In particular, the sections covering site assessment, the installation application and delivery process, and case studies which showcase examples of different timelines and costs associated with various connection sizes.

Energy Saving Trust have also produced two guidance reports for local authorities on electric vehicle charging infrastructure. One which focuses on how to minimise costs of street works and grid connections, and another which signposts to other useful reports and information on the topic.

We recommend that you make use of this guidance to help with the planning of infrastructure projects.

Map image depicting the distribution network operator licence areas for scottish power energy networks and scottish and southern electricity networks