Energy networks respond to Bright Blue report on gas grid decarbonisation

Friday 15th February 

Responding to the Bright Blue report entitled “Pressure in the pipeline: decarbonising the UK’s gas”, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, says:

“Britain’s extensive gas network infrastructure means that the public and the wider economy are able to access the energy they need quickly and reliably throughout the year, as and when they need it. It’s vital that we decarbonise the gas we are using so we can reach our climate change targets, whilst still being able to take advantage of those important attributes.

“Gas network operators have led the way in developing the technology we need to do that, but we need Government to make a clear decision on the long-term future of Britain’s gas networks so they can continue that work. What is concerning is that the regulator is now planning to change the way they are funded due to that lack of clarity, putting at risk the progress made in recent years.”

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Notes to editors

  • ENA is the voice of the energy networks, representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.
  • In December 2018, the Ofgem published its latest consultation for the forthcoming RIIO-2 price control for energy networks, which stated: “the nature of the GDNs' role in long term heat decarbonisation is uncertain…it is important that the price control enables a transition to decarbonised heat at lowest cost while reducing the risk of stranded investment”. P.60. The consultation can be found online here.
  • Independent YouGov polling commissioned by ENA in May 2018 found that 75% of people support the Government doing more to prioritise the production & use of domestic green gas over fossil fuel gas. The polling can be found online here.
  • Research conducted by KPMG in 2016 found that evolving the role of Britain’s gas networks infrastructure so they play a part in meeting our decarbonisation targets could save £214bn by 2050. This research can be found online here.
  • The UK is now one of the leading green gas producers in the world, with more than 90 bio-methane injection sites operational.
  • Tony Glover, Director of Gas at ENA, is available for additional comment.
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