Energy suppliers make government call for more hydrogen to replace natural gas

10/05/2022 16:51
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Energy suppliers have called for increased investment in hydrogen as a clean alternative to natural gas to be part of the new programme for government amidst a deepening cost of living crisis caused by high gas prices.

Energy UK, the industry trade association, said the Queen's Speech should be used to make the biggest changes to the UK's energy laws for a decade and set the foundations for the next decade to deliver a low carbon power system by 2035 and a green economy by 2050.

It comes as the Prime Minister urged the bosses of BP and Shell to keep investing in wind farms and hydrogen to drive down bills.

The UK government believes a world-leading hydrogen economy would support over 9,000 UK jobs and unlock £4 billion investment by 2030.

Energy prices have rocketed in the last year, and last month the energy price cap was increased by 54% for the average household.

Last week, it emerged Grangemouth Refinery owner Ineos was behind a new £30m project launched in Scotland to find out if hydrogen can be a clean alternative to natural gas, for homes and businesses.

It is working with the business that runs Scotland’s gas networks, SGN to try to bring hydrogen distribution networks a step closer to reality in the UK.

Hydrogen is being championed as the fuel of the future and experts believe it can help tackle the biggest root cause of climate change - air pollution.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA), the industry body representing energy network operators in the UK says that hydrogen could heat homes around the country from next year, with all five of Britain's gas grid companies preparing to provide the gas.

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