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New policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure will allow private investors set up pillars – Newsbook

Private operators will be able to set up charging pillars for electric vehicles under a new policy for publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which was launched on Monday.
Energy minister Miriam Dalli explained that the new framework aims at regularising the sector and allowing private investors to become charging points operators.
“By regularising the sector, the government is opening up the public charging infrastructure market to private operators, thus increasing services provided. The regulations will also support the green economy: as the demand increases, so will opportunities for green jobs,” the minister said.
A potential investor would require an authorisation issued by the regulator, Dalli explained, and added that this would not affect the operation of charging points installed for own personal use or for the use of an entity’s own vehicle fleet – in such cases, an authorisation is not required.
Decarbonisation of the transport sector is one of Malta’s main pillars to obtain climate neutrality by 2050.
There are over 400,000 registered vehicles in Malta, of which some 10,000 are fully electric or plug-in hybrids.
At the end of July 2022, electric and plug-in hybrid motor vehicles accounted for 2.3% of the entire vehicle stock, according to figures published by the National Statistics Office.
REWS CEO Marjohn Abela explained that the new policy and regulations will encourage a shift away from fossil fuels, allowing the country to become more efficient in its use of energy whilst increasing its commitment towards climate protection.
The application for the authorisation is available on the REWS website. A non-refundable application fee of €500 applies. The authorisation to act as an operator of publicly accessible charging points is valid for twelve years and may be renewed against a fee of €500.
The authorisation may be obtained before the installation of any charging point. However, the authorisation holder is obliged to register the publicly accessible charging point/s with the regulator within fifteen days as from the date of the commissioning of such charging point/s. The authorised operator must also notify the regulator within one day from the date of decommissioning of such charging point/s.
An authorisation fee of €75 per charging point is payable on registration of the charging point and thereon every three years from the date of issue of the authorisation to act as an operator of the publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure.
The authorisation fee per charging point, due when a charging point is registered for the first time, will be calculated pro rata with respect to the particular three-year time period.
More information may be found online.