The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has responded to the annual Future Energy Scenarios (FES) publication from National Grid.
Isaac Occhipinti, EUA head of external affairs, said: “We welcome this report from National Grid as it acts as a catalyst to start a stimulating and thought provoking debate, using the four possible energy scenarios outlined.
“EUA recognises that decarbonisation will continue to drive the agenda with heat and power being joined by the transport sector as a target to drive down emissions, while still maintaining security and affordability. We do need a clear pathway to decarbonise heat, one which recognises that behavioural change and cost are integral factors to achieving the required outcomes.
“We believe that gas will remain the primary heating fuel beyond the 2040’s. The fact that the gas grid currently delivers gas into the homes of over 85% of the UK population coupled with the very large investment needed to change this, suggests that gas, albeit green gas will be a vital component of the UK’s energy infrastructure for many years to come.”
Isaac continued: “The opportunity afforded by injecting green gas directly into the grid, whether biomethane, synthetic natural gas, or hydrogen will allow the gas grid to be decarbonised without homeowners needing to take action and with little additional investment.
“Gas enables us to stabilise and secure supply, keep energy prices low and reduce emissions. Regardless of the energy future that we witness, I suspect gas will continue as a key UK fuel.”