Budget speech marks vital role for gas

For immediate release – Wednesday 21 March 2012

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has welcomed the clear commitment to the future role for gas today from the Chancellor in his budget statement.

The Chancellor said “Gas is cheap, has much less carbon than coal and will be the largest single source of our electricity in the coming years.”

ENA Chief Executive David Smith, said:

“We are very encouraged by the Chancellor’s positive words about the future role for gas today. This builds on the statement made by the Energy & Climate Change Secretary on Monday. Clearly the message in our Redpoint report published over a year ago, which found that retaining gas within the energy mix out to 2050 could save up to £700bn, has been heeded.

“We now need to hear a similar commitment to the future role for gas in fuelling our homes and businesses. That is why we have commissioned Delta Energy & Environment to undertake a major study into domestic space heating.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Details of the ‘Gas Future Scenarios Project’, including press and 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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Tim Field MCIPR,
Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
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