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Funding boost for local councils to grow e-charging network

Local councils could received funding to grow the e-charging network across Northern Ireland

INFRASTRUCTURE minister Nicola Mallon has announced a funding boost for councils to grow the e-charging network.

There is £350,000 available to help "support the decarbonisation of transport and help mitigate climate change".

Funding is available from the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles for councils to provide charge points for residents through the on-street residential charge point scheme (ORCS).

Ms Mallon has set aside £350,000 of match-funding for councils that submit a successful application to ORCS.

"I would encourage local councils, where possible, to access this ORCS funding for the installation of charge points on residential streets," she said.

The e-car public charge point network is owned, operated and maintained by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB).

Ms Mallon added that she had met ESB representatives to "encourage it to repair non-functioning charge points, and I am pleased that it has commenced a replacement programme that will upgrade a number of faulty charge points with more modern operational charge points".

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