Views sought on future of gas

How can gas and gas networks support decarbonisation?

National Grid launches project to look at future of gas and the gas transmission network. Project will consider the role of gas in ensuring an affordable transition to low carbon.

National Grid’s Future of Gas project will launch today in London at an event that brings together gas shippers, power generators, network operators, policymakers and NGOs.

The project will consider the following questions:

  • What is the role of gas today?
  • What might the future of gas look like in a number of different scenarios?
  • What is the role of gas in the decarbonisation of heat?
  • What is the potential for new, greener sources of gas supplies?
  • Where the potential exists for innovation?
  • What policy and regulatory interventions are necessary?

 

We’re in an era of unprecedented change in the energy sector. With the emergence of new technologies like energy storage and heat pumps, we need to consider the role of gas and the gas networks in a low carbon energy future.

“We need to ensure that the existing gas networks and assets help to provide customers’ needs while keeping bills down. We will be inviting views on the future of gas, and I encourage people to join the debate.”

Nicola Shaw, UK Executive Director

 

Following this engagement and further analysis, National Grid aims to provide recommendations to government, the regulator and industry by the end of 2017.

Read the full Future of Gas document at on this site or join the debate on Twitter (#FutureOfGas) or on LinkedIn.

At the same time, National Grid will publish the Gas Future Operability Plan and Gas Ten Year Statement 2016.

The Gas Future Operability Plan describes how our customers’ changing requirements may affect the future capability of the National Transmission System (NTS) up to and beyond 2050 and the challenges that these may pose to NTS operation and our processes. The Gas Ten Year Statement provides our customers with up to date information about connection and capacity opportunities.

At the event in London, National Grid will also outline opportunities available from gas demand side response (DSR). Gas DSR allows large gas consumers to offer to reduce the amount of gas they use during times of system stress in exchange for a payment. The DSR methodology was developed by National Grid in conjunction with industry representatives, including end users and shippers and was successfully trialled in summer 2015.