Western Power Distribution (WPD) has pledged to ensure domestic customers can connect low carbon technologies when and where they want.

The connectability pledge is one of four key priorities outlined in the network operators Business Plan, which shows how it is planning to invest £6.7 billion over the next price period.

It comes as WPD releases new data showing the progress made connecting low carbon technologies such as heat pumps and electric vehicle (EV) chargers across its network.

To date, over 58,000 EV chargers have been installed with the East Midlands region leading the way on 22,876. The West Midlands has 19,042 EV chargers, the South West 10,163 and South Wales 6,335.

WPD is predicting an extra 1.5 million EVs will be added to its network by 2028, meaning it will have to cater to over 2 million EVs, supported by an estimated 1.1 million EV chargers by the end of the price period.

Currently, there are nearly 11,000 heat pumps on the DNO’s network, which is set to increase significantly between 2023 and 2028 with an additional 628,204 expected to be connected.

Read more: Current+

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