BEAMA has released a report promoting market integration at a regional level and a co-ordinated business to business approach for electrification.

Electrification by Design acknowledges that there are many useful policy mechanisms already available, but a lack of linked relationships or delivery mechanisms is working against the Climate Change Committee's direction of travel for the electrification of heat and transport.

The report boils electrification down to six market design imperatives:

  • Electrification is a national need, but optimised, flexible energy systems will be delivered by regions and zones empowered to identify the most appropriate paths
  • Integrated and innovative finance packages are essential for market transformation
  • The supply chain must have sufficient capacity to promote sustainable growth
  • Consumers need confidence that services, systems and devices form part of a structured consumer journey
  • Demand Side Response needs concurrent and planned development of regulation, technology and markets
  • New and innovative ways of purchasing and providing energy services will emerge.
  • In advance of the report's launch at the Low Carbon Network Innovation Conference, BEAMA Deputy CEO Kelly Butler said: "Electrification by Design has many common themes to those presented in the recently published Clean Growth and Industrial Strategies.

“However, 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 galvanize the supply chain to invest in network infrastructure, skills capacity building and co-ordinated 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."

The report calls for more ambitious building regulations to ensure readiness for an electric future, better design of financial incentives such as ECO and the RHI that can work together to support whole building solutions, and the creation of suitable regional structures to set targeted ambitions for the electrification of the energy system.

Ms Butler laid out plans for more reports in 2018: "Electrification by Design is a summary of a more detailed and complex set of micro reports covering a range of topics including DSR, network charging, finance, heat and storage. We will be releasing these throughout the first half of 2018."