Gas Strategy needs to deliver affordability into our homes and a boost for biomethane

For immediate release – Tuesday 5 December 2012

Energy Networks Association (ENA) launched the most comprehensive report into domestic heat last month with Climate Change Minister Rt Hon Greg Barker MP. It showed the role gas could play in heating our homes affordably while still meeting climate change targets. Commenting on the Government’s Gas Strategy released with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:

"Gas has a vital role to play in a balanced mix, not just for generation but for heating our homes. The UK’s energy future must be affordable and deliver on climate change targets and this means a balanced approach that retains gas for many decades.

"Last month we published the most comprehensive report into domestic heat ever. It looked at housing stock, take up of low carbon technologies and their network impacts. All the scenarios looked at keeping to the Government's carbon reduction targets. The clear implication of the Report is that there is a lower cost way of meeting our carbon targets that keeps gas in the domestic heat mix. Critically the Report has been prepared in conjunction with work ENA are undertaking on behalf of the Smart Grids Forum that looks at the increasing electrification of heat.

"Biomethane has a role to play too and we look forward to more details of the Office of Unconventional Gas. It needs to include biomethane to provide a drive for green gas to overcome barriers to this low carbon approach to meeting challenges of clean energy and reducing waste."

ENDS

Notes to editors

Details of the “2050 Pathways for Domestic Heat” report carried out for ENA by Delta e-e, including a Press Briefing and a Policy Briefing can be found here.

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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