Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions.  If you have any questions about the Future of Gas project which aren’t mentioned below you can contact us directly via our contact page.

What’s the difference between this and the Future of Gas publications that National Grid has published before?

This project has a focus on transmission system, but because of the interlinked nature between the transmission and distribution systems we need to take a whole system view when considering the future role of gas. This will include consideration of how electricity demand might impact demand for gas. The previous Future of Gas project was focused on distribution, and began before sale of National Grid’s Gas Distribution business was announced.


Why sensitivities in Future of Gas versus scenarios in Future Energy Scenarios?

Our Future Energy Scenarios document set out that “gas will play a key role in energy decarbonisation by providing flexible electricity generation and top-up heating over the long term. FES sets out that gas has a role, but the size and scale of that will be considered in more detail in the Future of Gas project, and to do this we use “sensitivities”.


Don’t we need to get off the fossil fuel hook and on to renewables? How will a future with gas ensure this?

National Grid has a strong track record of facilitating the development of low carbon energy projects. We want to understand the role of gas as part of the low carbon transition. We are keen to hear views from those who do not believe gas has a role to play.


Major political parties are against fracking. What is National Grid’s view on shale gas?

We are ‘fuel neutral’ and have an obligation to connect new types of gas – whatever they may be – to the gas and electricity systems in a timely and efficient manner.


Your “perspectives” blog contains views from people who think there should be more shale gas and more gas storage, does National Grid agree/endorse?

These are the views of our guest writers and not the views of National Grid, but their views will be considered as part of our project. We would be happy to consider articles from those with credible alternative views. Just get in touch.


Where do you stand on CCS? Surely without it, gas can’t have a future in the context of meeting 2050 targets?

Future Energy Scenarios sets out that the cost optimal pathway to meeting 2050 emissions targets includes CCS, but that meeting the targets is achievable with two of renewables, nuclear and CCS. It’s for the Government to set out the direction for CCS policy and a way forward.


Shouldn’t we just move everyone to district heating and set out a viable decommissioning plan for the National Gas Transmission System?

District heat networks offer the highest benefit in densely populated areas but it doesn’t work for everyone, so it’s important to have a diverse range of technologies. There is no reason district heating and the gas distribution and transmission networks cannot coexist.


What is National Grid doing to help cut peoples’ gas bills?

We are undertaking a number of projects to innovate and cut costs in gas, such as Project CLOCC, which aims to halve the cost of connection for customers. For 2016/17 our part of the bill is £19.60 for gas transmission, less than 3% of the average consumer’s gas bill.


Doesn’t National Grid have an interest in a high-gas future and the continued use of fossil fuel?

We are playing a leading role to facilitate the transition to low carbon. What we want to understand is the role of the gas networks in that transition.