UK energy policy 'should consider gas future'

12 Nov 2010
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UK energy policy 'should consider gas future'

Adapting the UK's energy policy to focus on the use of gas could help the country to save up to £700 billion by 2050, new research claims.

A report from the Energy Networks Association's Gas Futures Group claims that - providing carbon capture and storage (CCS) becomes effective - the UK could make cost savings by using more gas-fired power stations and rolling out district heating.

Research for the report was carried out by Redpoint Energy and Trilemma UK.

David Smith, chief executive of the ENA, said: "Gas is a bridge to the future as a major part of our energy mix in the UK and Ireland," Reuters reports.

He added that using gas could represent a lower-cost option for investment that would help offer energy security and a sustainable future.

Less new infrastructure would be needed for a power supply dominated by gas use, the report suggests.

The Wall Street Journal reports that continuing to use gas could help offer energy security as supply would be present when output from renewables such as wind power is reduced.

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