Applications have been submitted to BEIS to develop outline plans for the roll-out of hydrogen heating that include 'hydrogen town' proposals.
In response Silvia Simon, Head of Hydrogen at Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the UK’s energy network operators, said:
“These proposals are a critical next step in making net zero a reality, showing how hydrogen infrastructure could start to be rolled out once the industry’s evidence gathering and trials are complete. Hydrogen will play a central role in decarbonising a wide range of sectors, and the projects now under consideration by BEIS reflect the progress made, and the benefits to customers, businesses and the climate.”
Notes to editor
- In the UK Hydrogen Strategy the UK Government committed to developing plans by 2025 for a possible hydrogen heated town
- The aim of the outline plan for the town project is to provide further information to inform policy decisions and future roll-out plans
- If implemented, any technologies used in the town project will have already been deemed safe by the Health and Safety Executive following previous assessments
- Following this submission, BEIS will make a decision on the proposals, announcing the results later in the year
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.