Cautious welcome as DECC outlines a more pragmatic approach to heating homes

For immediate release – Tuesday 26 March 2013

Energy Networks Association (ENA), the voice of the networks, has today (Tuesday 26 March) cautiously welcomed the announcement providing further details of the Government's "The Future of Heating: A strategic framework for low carbon heat in the UK". It has taken account of ENA's 2050 Pathways for Domestic Heat Report.

In March 2012 the Heat Strategy set out a high level route to decarbonising heat. DECC have discussed this further and taken into account further information around the cost implications for consumers, issues relating to meeting peak heat demand, the impact on electricity networks and the role that biomethane can play.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

"We are pleased to see the further consideration DECC has given to this. They have utilised our modelling and report commissioned into domestic heat to help develop their thinking.

"We have worked closely with DECC following their announcement last year, including providing them with the most comprehensive report into domestic heat and the role of gas as part of low carbon heat solutions, which we commissioned from Delta-ee.

"We agree with the Government's conclusion that there is still a lot more work to be done in understanding the role in heat for gas along with other technologies and look forward to working with them to deliver this.

"It is essential that future heat policy must support consumer choice, secure the longevity of the gas network as a vital UK asset and save consumers money as part of a low carbon transition."

The first biomethane roundtable was hosted by ENA this month to bring together the industry with government departments and regulators to help reduce the burden on those seeking to bring biomethane onto the grid as a source of green gas.

The 2050 Pathways to Domestic Heat was commissioned by ENA from independent consultants Delta-ee and 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.

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Notes to editors

DECC's "The Future of Heating: A strategic framework for low carbon heat in the UK" can be found here.

ENA's "2050 Pathways for Domestic Heat" can be found here.

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the 'wires and pipes' transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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