"The UK’s heating transition & the role for smart, flexible appliances"

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With Cate Lyon (Electrification of Heat Service Manager) at Delta-EE

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"Electrifying heating: why your next boiler will be a heat pump. (Maybe.) The UK’s heating transition & the role for smart, flexible appliances"


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 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.


Cate Lyon joined the Delta-EE team in 2014. Her main research & consultancy focus area is market analysis on the evolving outlook for residential heating, including gas-based heating, electrically-driven heating and microgeneration.

Cate currently manages the Delta-EE “Electrification of Heat Service”, which provides insight and opinion on the outlook for electrically-driven heating in Europe – both the technologies and associated business models - and the opportunities emerging from the increasing convergence between the heating and electricity sectors.  Her clients include major global and European heating equipment manufacturers, energy utilities, and government departments.

Before joining Delta-EE, Cate worked at the Energy Saving Trust, first in London and then in Edinburgh, where she spent 6 years working in domestic energy efficiency and microgeneration, and renewable energy more widely, across the UK.


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak this event will be delivered by webinar using the ‘Zoom’ Video Conferencing facility. If using a workplace computer to connect, please ensure your organisation allows access to the ‘Zoom’ software or alternatively use your private email address to subscribe. Zoom is FREE and you can register here

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During our events we actively encourage reasoned debate amongst the audience and with our invited speaker; however, we request that all participants are mindful and respectful to others points of view. Attendees who cannot abide by these simple courteous rules, or who disrupt proceedings or use defamatory remarks, will be asked to leave the presentation. We reserve the right to refuse entry. 


We are grateful for the continued support of Gneiss Energy, RBC Capital Markets and Pinsent Masons which help offset the running costs of our events.

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