Heat Strategy fails to deliver the whole picture

For immediate release – Thursday 29 March 2012

Responding to the Government’s Heat Strategy published today Energy Networks Association (ENA) expressed disappointment that gas seems to have been dismissed.

David Smith Chief Executive of ENA said:

“Domestic use of bio-gas has not been considered. As the Strategy points out currently 81% of the UK uses gas for its heat and hot water. To ignore a potential fuel source which can use existing domestic heat infrastructure seems bizarre to say the least.”

David went on to say:

“With the proposal that gas for domestic heat be phased in only a decade or so the Strategy has also failed to consider the cost implications for the public.

ENA are undertaking a major study on domestic heat out to 2050 that will address these issues and we hope the Government will heed its conclusions.”

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Notes for Editors

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

ENA and Delta Energy and Environment intend that the findings that will emerge from this work will help inform Government policy and the regulatory framework for gas into the next few decades.

In the study, Delta Energy and Environment will look to answer the following questions:

  • What are the potential low-carbon technologies that can reduce the carbon intensity of domestic heat?

  • What barriers do these technologies face? e.g. Technical, Consumer, Economic

  • The role of gas in the future space and water heating scenarios

  • The practicality of fully electrified domestic heating?

  • What potential appliance mixes are suitable up to 2050 in light of policy targets?

  • What are the impacts on customers regarding potential domestic heat changes?

  • What are the different heating solutions for different kinds of property?

The study will use relevant data sources (including the ENA/Redpoint scenario work) as the framework for the analysis but will examine the domestic heat market in more detail to provide a range of realistic heating solutions based on the UK housing stock and available heating appliances/technology.

Each scenario developed will quantify the change in carbon emissions from the domestic heating sector and consider what would need to happen for the UK CO2 and renewable energy targets are to be met. The report will also look to establish full behavioural and economic impacts on individual consumers across the scenarios.
ENA hope to have the interim findings of the study by early May, with the final report due in early summer.

For further information please contact:

Tony Glover
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Energy Networks Association
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