An Electric Heat Pathway – Looking Beyond Heat Pumps
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution and Southern Electric Power Distribution
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ED - Transition to low carbon future and ED - Customer and stakeholder focus
In the ongoing debate about future energy policy, it appears there has been a presumption of any electrified heat pathway being based around the use of heat pumps. It is deemed essential to establish a pragmatic solution to the immediate problem of RTS switch-off and a long term model which will allow electric storage heating to play an appropriate role in heat decarbonisation and the shift to a smart, flexible electricity system. This project intends to be the important first step in addressing that.
It is anticipated that the report from this project will, among other things:
· Stimulate public debate on storage heating, an important but often overlooked element of energy policy
· Provide better understanding of the opportunities and benefits of flexible heating demand, and how best to implement them
Influence internal policy changes in SSEN and use the report to lobby for change at a wider industry level