David Smith, Chief Executive of the Energy Networks Association, said: “Whether it be heating our homes, powering our businesses or generating cleaner electricity, hydrogen will help drive up our energy security, while driving down our carbon emissions – and Britain’s gas grid companies are ready to get on with the job of delivering that.
“This plan sets out the changes needed to deliver cleaner, more secure energy supplies for all. What’s key is that the Government does its bit too by lifting its target for homegrown hydrogen production this decade. Doing that today will help gas grid companies deliver for tomorrow.”
ENA estimated that blending 20 percent hydrogen into the gas grid could slash carbon emissions by the equivalent of 2.5 million cars a year, without making any changes to people’s cookers, boilers or heating systems.
Many proponents of hydrogen argue that it is a much better alternative to heating than installing heat pumps, which run on electricity and generally have a higher upfront cost.