One in Three Homes Might Need Electricity Upgrade for Heat Pumps to Work

One in Three Homes Need Electricity Upgrade for Heat Pumps to Work
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One in three homes may need to upgrade their electricity in order for heat pump installations to be successful, a major power distribution company has warned.

Heat pumps are the government’s seemingly preferred low-carbon heating system for homes. But Western Power Distribution (WPD), which manages the electricity network for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West, says that providing electrical power to homes will be one of the “biggest challenges” of rolling out air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps, and "around a third” of homes could be affected. 

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.