To reach Net Zero by 2050 in the UK, major infrastructure decisions must be made in the nearterm to support the uptake of low carbon technologies. The distribution network has a role in facilitating the transition to a Net Zero economy, given the uptake of low carbon technologies connected at the grid edge, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps. Decarbonisation of heat is a challenging area in which the direction of future policy is still under development, particularly with regards to the existing building stock. This study was undertaken to strengthen our understanding the role of DNOs in facilitating the decarbonisation of the heat sector, and to inform UKPN’s heat strategy. It will help deepen the knowledge and evidence base that underpins UKPN’s investment plan over the next 5-year regulatory price control period, commencing in 2023 (ED2), to facilitate the uptake of electric heat. To achieve these aims, in this study we have modelled the uptake and corresponding network impact of a range of low carbon heating technologies and energy efficiency measures in the building stock in UKPN’s licence areas.
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The government’s plan to tackle climate change by banning gas boilers in new-build homes is likely to be hampered by a shortage of heat pump installers, limited domestic manufacturing capacity and a lack of consumer awareness, a report has found. The future homes standard will require low-carbon alternatives to gas boilers, such as electric heat pumps, in all new homes by 2025. But EY, the consulting giant, found that there were only about 1,200 qualified heat pump installers in the UK, while almost 10,000 will be required by 2025. Heating and powering homes accounts for about 22 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and must be cut to meet the government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Most heat pumps are made in Asia, which means a significant increase in domestic manufacturing capacity could be required to meet the government’s aim of installing 300,000 heat pumps a year within four years, the EY report found. Heat pumps typically cost between £6,500 and £8,600 more than a new energy efficient gas boiler, with running costs of £95 to £110 a year.
Times 14th June 2021 read more »