Domestic Heat Pumps have a strategic role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the energy consumed from heating houses. ENA and its members are investing in smart networks to ensure the networks can safely and reliably support the range of electricity demand and generation, including electricity demand and harmonic issues from heat pumps.
The Renewable Heat Incentive and the Green Deal shall incentivise customers to look at greener renewable technologies to heat their homes and buildings, with Domestic Heat Pumps being at the forefront along with other techniques including insulation and Photo Voltaic (Solar Panels).
Please click on the below links for information on the Renewable Heat Incentive:
For information on the Green Deal, click here.
As a result, ENA and its members have recently formed a Domestic Heat Pumps Task Force to collectively examine technical and process issues through engagement with other key stakeholders (including local authorities, heat pump manufacturers, BEAMA, Micropower Council, DECC and Ofgem), and influence decisions concerning the specification and implementation of the heat pumps in order to ensure that network and future Smart Grid requirements are fully considered.
The key task force deliverables to be produced by the newly formed group are:
Establish and draft a directive on the most effective way for ENA member companies to work with heat pump manufacturers and installers to achieve an efficient installation programme.
Consider the issues raised by any available reports to ensure that the expected increase in connection of heat pumps can be successfully managed by DNOs, including the provision of information to customers.
A library and consolidated summary of network related research and modelling published by ENA members and selected information sources in the public domain.
Define a set of electricity network standards and guidance notes to be used for UK based projects.
And the task force will produce an ENA position on:
Establishing how DNO’s shall manage reinforcement expenditure, liaising with Ofgem and other government bodies.
Legal position on licence restrictions and statutory powers and a common stance on technical solutions across all DNOs.
UK market model and regulatory framework to facilitate the development of a competitiveUKmarket for heat pumps and energy.
European integration – including any further international standardisation (e.g. ISO and IEC)
Any future skills requirements for network owners and installers.
The task force shall also develop a notification process to enable DNOs to track increases in low-diversity demand from heat pumps, and thus mitigate risks of distribution substation overloading and of voltages on the distribution network moving outside statutory limits along with any harmonic issues. An update on the notification process shall be provided in due course once established.
For further details, please contact Paul Fidler, [email protected].