Nine new electric car charging points have been installed across Cumbria to try to attract new users.
The Cumbria County Council commissioned sites all have rapid chargers which can charge a car in 30 minutes.
Tim Backshall reports
South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine (SNP) has welcomed the announcement that Scottish Power Energy Networks is rethinking its plan to install a new network of electricity pylons in Dumfries and Galloway.
The proposals had been met with fierce protests.
Now, the company says the results of its public consultation, and changes in the energy industry, mean they may scale back the plans.
Motorists are likely to face disruption when new high voltage underground power cables are installed in Langholm as part of a £750,000 local electricity network investment project.
The new cabling will run from Meikleholm to the electricity substation on Caroline Street. SP Energy Networks has been working with land owners and residents to keep them informed of the project. Temporary four-way traffic lights will be in place on Caroline Street and Eskdale Street to allow for the underground cables to be installed until 31 July.
Due to the works there will also be restricted vehicle access to Meikleholm on weekdays between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm, with the potential for some weekend work as well. Residents will be kept updated by the local project team.
The River Tweed is being used to harness electricity for the first time.
A new hydro-electric power station near Selkirk will produce enough energy to power more than 200 homes.
The 1.3 million pound project consists of two giant turbines installed in the Ettrick Water.
However, as Jenny Longden reports, wildlife is being given top priority.
The estate behind the first Hydro Electric Power Station in the Scottish Borders say that protecting wildlife is their number one priority.
Electricity is now being produced at Murray's Cauld near Selkirk.
Two giant turbines have been installed at the popular salmon-viewing spot on the River Tweed.
A spokesperson for Philiphaugh Estate said:
The River Tweed is being used to generate electricity for the first time.
The Hydro Electric Power Station near Selkirk can generate enough electricity to power 225 homes.
The construction has taken nearly two years to complete, and consists of two giant turbines that produce power when water flows through them.
£10 million will be spent to improve the electricity network in Mid Galloway.
The region was hard hit by the winter weather in 2012 and in March this year.
Scottish Power are now making the network more resistant to storms - and some are saying it's about time.
It comes on the same day the firm announces 8.6% prices rises for their dual fuel customers.
Fiona McIlwraith has more.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has welcomed the news that Scottish Power will be investing £10 million into improving the area's electricity network.