National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have teamed up to explore the potential of using surplus wind power to heat houses. Together with a number of key industry partners, they have launched the ‘4D Heat’ project. Over the next six months, it will examine the potential and feasibility of smartly controlling electric heating to help manage grid constraints. This would both help to balance the grid, ensuring less wind power is curtailed, and heat off-gas grid areas in northern Scotland where there are large numbers of electrified residential heating. According to National Grid ESO, there are around 380,000 homes in Scotland that could move to a range of electric heating solutions, from storage heaters to air or ground source heat pumps. Switching to electrified heat and ensuring that supply is not disrupted is now particularly prescient in Scotland, following the government’s announcement in January that all new homes will have to use renewable or low carbon heating from 2024.
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