Western Power Distribution (WPD) has launched a new project dubbed Equinox, to explore the potential of domestic low-carbon heat technologies like heat pumps to provide flexibility. Working together with project partners Passiv Systems, SP Energy Networks, Octopus Energy, SERO Homes, West Midlands Combined Authority, Guidehouse and the Welsh Government, the £15.38 million project will develop novel commercial arrangements to support the technologies. The distribution network operator (DNO) expects Equinox – which stands for Equitable Novel Flexibility Exchange – to answer key questions about the role operators can play in proactively encouraging heat decarbonisation, in the most cost-efficient way for customers, it said. Substantial network benefits are expected to be delivered through the project, thanks to the deferral or avoidance of network reinforcements through unlocking the flexibility of assets like heat pumps.
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