A Department for Energy Security and Net Zero spokesperson told ELN: “No one will be forced to use hydrogen. We expect Gas Distribution Networks to only ever use powers of entry as a last resort to ensure consumers’ safety, for example, to inspect and test pipes and valves and only following court approval and once all other attempts to contact property owners and reach an agreement are exhausted.
“The hydrogen heating village trial will deliver essential evidence to inform the government’s strategic decisions in 2026 on the role of hydrogen in decarbonising heat. No trials will take place without strong local support.
“This will be a critical factor in the final selection of the trial location, and the rights of consumers will be protected before, during and after the trial.”