Most of us take for granted that we can have warm homes and hot water when we want them. Today around 90% of the UK’s 29 million homes rely directly on unabated fossil fuels to provide this, making a significant contribution to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Meeting our net zero target will require radical change from the status quo on home comfort – both at the individual building level, and the energy system level. But how “best” to decarbonise heat is a complex area, with no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. Electric heating technologies – including heat pumps – are one potential solution, but the UK lags behind many other countries in making the move to high-efficiency electric heating.
At the same time, the retail energy market in the UK – as elsewhere - is being transformed by three mega trends:-
- The move from product & commodity sales, to selling services
- The opportunities being unlocked by data & digitalisation
- The growing need for flexibility, across the energy system.
In this talk, Cate Lyon, Senior Analyst, will present Delta-EE’s views on the current UK heating market, what developments we can expect to see next in how we heat and cool our homes, and how the wider changes happening in the energy system are increasingly influencing what will happen with heat.