Networks launch tender to look at future of domestic heating

Thursday 8 December 2011

Energy Networks Association (ENA) Gas Futures Group is launching a tender process for a service provider to assess the optimal domestic heating pathways that will enable the UK to meet its carbon and renewable targets out to 2050.

The findings that will emerge from this work will help inform Government policy and the regulatory framework for gas into the next few decades.

Commenting on the tender launch Duncan Rimmer, Chair of the Gas Futures Group said:

“This work could not come at a more critical time. It will be vital in helping shape policy. The heat choices we make must be a central consideration when assessing future energy policy.”

The service provider will need to take into account:

  • Known and emerging heating technologies

  • Highlight the impact on consumers, both costs and the impacts of behavioural changes

  • The potential load changes on the gas and electricity distribution networks out to 2050.

Key questions ENA would like to address are:

  • What are the potential low-carbon technologies that can reduce the carbon intensity of domestic heat?

  • What barriers do these technologies face? e.g. Technical, Consumer, Economic

  • The role of gas in the future space and water heating scenarios

  • The practicality of fully electrified domestic heating?

  • What potential appliance mixes are suitable up to 2050 in light of policy targets?

  • What are the impacts on customers regarding potential domestic heat changes?

  • What are the different heating solutions for different kinds of property?

ENDS

Notes to editor

  1. Energy Networks Association (ENA) represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland. In 2010 the ENA gas distribution members commissioned Redpoint Consulting to undertake a long-range scenario-based modelling study of the future utilisation of gas out to 2050, and the consequential impacts of this for gas networks.

  2. If you would like any further information, or to express an interest in tendering for this study please contact: 
    Clare Cantle-Jones
    T: + 44 (0) 20 7706 5150
    E: [email protected]

Expressions of interest must be received by 19th December.