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ENA comments on Commons Science and Technology Committee hydrogen report

19 December 2022


ENA comments on today's report from the Commons Science and Technology Committee.

James Earl, Director of Gas at Energy Networks Association (ENA), responded:

"No one energy source is a panacea, but it is far too soon to start limiting our options when designing the best possible solutions to tackle the challenge of Net Zero.

"The energy system of the future needs to be based on a variety of energy sources and technologies, to ensure our infrastructure can cope with variations in demand and supply. We equally need to ensure that customers have different options available to them."

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Notes to editor

Recent ENA research confirmed that that it is possible to blend hydrogen into the existing gas network, replacing up to 20% by volume of the natural gas in the system. The homes in the areas where hydrogen is blended to these volumes would see no change in their gas supply as a 20% hydrogen blend can be safely used by all current domestic appliances.

Our partners are already currently converting a neighbourhood to run on hydrogen and are working on bigger projects including a village and several towns, reaching a point where we’ll have tens of thousands of homes and businesses running on green gases.

About Energy Networks Association

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.

ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.

Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.

What are energy network operators?

Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 40,000 people in Great Britain.

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