UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a heat readiness strategy, setting out how to reduce the carbon impact of heating.
Published on 11 March, UKPN’s objective was stated as being an “enabler of the decarbonisation of heat for all customers”. It set out a three-point approach to achieving this: informing heat decarbonisation policy through provision of data and evidence; delivering a great service experience to customers wishing to connect to low carbon heating solutions; and undertaking least regret actions to ensure network readiness.
UKPN said that by segmenting its focus into these three areas, it is confident it is tackling heat in areas of least regret as well as maximising enablers at an early stage. Three key outputs will be delivered through the strategy: deeper knowledge and understanding of the implication of electrifying heat for its customers; demonstration projects to prove technical, commercial or social solutions that will form UKPN’s “smart toolbox” to enable the transition in the short-term, at lowest cost to customers; and a robust, smart investment plan for ED2 and beyond.
UKPN is inviting views from stakeholders on the strategy, hoping to encourage industry-wide collaboration and debate.