Electric storage heating is a “fantastic” opportunity for customers to reduce energy costs.
That’s according to Sara Bell, CEO at Tempus Energy who added innovative technologies like that one ensure that electricity is only used when it’s needed and most cost effective.
Speaking to ELN, she said: “At Tempus we only have customers who are flexible. For example customers with electric storage heating can be flexible when you heat the water that drives that heating system. Customers with gas central heating have less potential to be flexible so in terms of demand response perhaps they will become flexible later on.
“It’s very important to run an efficient energy system, that we use the most cost effective resources first so we develop those resources first so electric storage heating customers are a fantastic opportunity to reduce the energy cost for them.”
Although these technologies have the potential to run a very efficient electricity system by managing renewable energy, Ms Bell believes the government could do more to encourage the use of them.
She added: “I think the government could do more to stop deciding what are the technology winners and actually allow innovators to come forward with the most cost- effective solutions.
“There have been new policies that have come forward that could have been much more supportive of new generation and new demand side response technologies and storage. The Capacity Market for example, could have incentivised innovation much more by creating a level playing field.”
Policy Director of RenewableUK Gordon Brown told ELN that policies are the main barrier for the growth of energy storage and demand management technologies.