Network operators have launched new reforms that will cut the paperwork required for connecting electric vehicles (EVs) and heat pumps to the grid.
Recent National Grid projections show that the number of EVs on our roads could reach up to 10.6 million by 2030. But a recent House of Commons inquiry highlighted the need to ensure that a lack of EV charge points did not act as a barrier to the uptake of vehicles.
Charge point and heat pump installers have previously had different forms and requirements to meet from different grid operators around the country. Now distribution network operators (DNOs) are introducing a new, standardised process for all types of properties and businesses, including, for the first time, commercial properties.
Heat pump installers in particular will see a major reduction in the amount of paperwork they have to complete.
Once launched, further reforms will be developed to digitalise the process and make use of new technologies such as facial recognition, to make the process easier and more seamless for customers. ENA will be consulting with the stakeholders to understand the best way to do this.
David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association, said, “Smart technology and data are vital to ensuring that network companies run the system in a more efficient and capable way. But to do that we need to know where and when charge points and heat pumps are being installed so we can manage the system in the most reliable, flexible way possible. The changes announced today will make it easier for installers to provide that information whilst helping network operators fulfil their responsibilities to the public.”