Stick to gas for heat, says National Grid

Electrifying heat is not as practical as sticking with older technologies such as gas, according to the National Grid. Speaking to an audience at the Energy Event at the NEC […]

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By Tom Gibson

Electrifying heat is not as practical as sticking with older technologies such as gas, according to the National Grid. Speaking to an audience at the Energy Event at the NEC in Birmingham, Marcus Stewart said that the cost and disruption of re-wiring the UK’s network wasn’t worth it.

Mr Stewart, Future Distribution Networks Manager at the National Grid, said: “It’d be better to retrofit the gas network and decarbonise it. Once decarbonised, gas is good for its flexibility and storage capability.”

The National Grid man said that gas was effectively four-times more useful, as findings show that on the average November day the electrification of heat could provide 1,000 GWh/ day compared to 4,000GWh/ day of gas fired plants.