Consumers across the UK could see financial benefits in the region of £26 million each year if their homes were heated with wind energy. That is one of the findings from the ‘4D Heat’ project, which was funded by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO). The study analysed an off-gas grid area in Skye and extrapolated its results to all off-gas grid Scotland – it suggests as much as 540GWh of wind power could be absorbed by domestic heating across off-gas grid Scotland in 2030, saving £24 million per year in wind constraint payments. The research, which was launched to discover whether flexible demand from electric heating could be matched to periods of unusually high wind generation, highlights this would also deliver a further £2 million per year in environmental and social benefits.
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Up to 540GWh of energy generated by wind could be used by domestic heating across off-gas grid Scotland in 2030. This was the headline finding of the 4D heat project led by SSEN and National Grid ESO, examining whether flexible demand from electric heat could be matched to when wind farms are generating excess energy. It found that 17% of curtailed wind could be used by electric heating systems in 2020 and 9% in 2030, with the potential to save £24 million a year in constraint payments and a further £2 million a year in environmental and social benefits. The project analysed an off-gas grid area in Skye, extrapolating the findings to off-gas grid Scotland. The research, modelling and analysis for this was carried out by Delta-EE, Everoze and PassivSystems, with the project funded by the Network Innovation Allowance.
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