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BEAMA argues for regional heat electrification planning

Conclusions of recent report from organisation also urges greater collaboration between different funding initiatives such as RHI and ECO to reform electric heating strategies

The British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) has argued for a more regional approach for setting out strategies for the electrification of heat services.

Creating regional structures that can outline more targeted and bespoke plans for local communities in electrifying heat provision was set out by the organisation as a core conclusion of its ‘Electrification by Design’ report.

The findings also considered how financial support programmes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and the ECO can be used more collaboratively to support more innovative projects.

BEAMA’s report argued that while there were useful policy mechanisms already in place to support electrification work, there was little opportunity to combine these focuses and provide linked delivery of solutions and programmes. This was viewed as undermining the UK government’s ambitions to better curb carbon emissions from heating.

BEAMA deputy chief executive Kelly Butler said the report’s conclusions were in line with recommendations in the government’s clean growth and industrial strategies.

Mr Butler said, “We first published our thoughts on ‘zone’ approaches back in 2013, because we understood then that markets will need to build around levels of ambition that will galvanise the supply chain to invest in network infrastructure, skills capacity building and propositions to the customer.

“Now four years later, we still recognise that innovation is required in the market models we use to build a market for electrification, and this is best delivered by energy service providers at a regional level, building consumer propositions around collaborative business-to-business relationships.”

More on the report can be read on page 11 of this month’s digital edition of H&V News. The publication can be read here.

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