A report published by think tank Localis has urged the government to loosen Ofgem restrictions on investment by regional and local authorities to enable them to develop their own “smart city” plans and ensure a successful roll-out of electric vehicles and the meeting of the government’s 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles. Published on Thursday 10 January, the report recommended that energy networks need to be allowed to invest ahead of demand to avoid “exacerbating UK social divides”, adding that some communities are set to miss out on major health and financial benefits. Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive at Localis, said: “Without a change in regulation, behaviour and a wholesale transfer of powers for local energy policies, we risk a tale of two cities in our major urban centres.”