Britain to need gas for more than half its energy

A new think-tank report has forecast that gas will make up more than half of Britain’s energy mix in less than 10 years.

The fact-based report by BMI Research also states coal use will completely disappear within a decade.

National Grid has forecast up to 35 million pure electric vehicles will be on the roads by 2050 needing an extra 30 gigawatts of power — the equivalent of 10 Hinkley Point power stations.

A separate National Grid Report says gas is fundamental to the UK’s energy future, and it’s not realistic to switch to electric heating on the scale required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 per cent of 1990 levels by the middle of this century.

It says a move to electric heating would require a seven-fold increase in the capacity of the grid to 290 gigawatts – emphasising the importance of gas and the need for our own independent supply.

Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer, said: “This BMI report is just the latest industry document to back up what we’ve been saying for years – Britain needs gas.

“Gas heats 85% of UK homes and provides nearly half of our electricity and we need to make sure our supply is safe, secure, and in our own hands.

“In the real world gas is going to be needed to heat our homes for a long time to come whilst we transition to a low carbon economy.

“The fact-based BMI report supports what Industry bodies have already accepted – we call on Government to do the same, and place Gas at the heart of policy making and where we get it from.”

9 May 2018

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