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A path out of the gas crisis

By District Energy posted 09-28-2022 06:15




The UK can phase out gas power this decade.

The global gas crisis has given new impetus to replace fossil gas with clean power generation. Britain’s extraordinary offshore wind resource and the rapid cost reduction in the technology gives an opportunity to phase out expensive gas imports from the power system this decade, and quickly enjoy the benefits of a cheaper domestic energy supply.

Decarbonising the power system is also an opportunity for the UK economy. The UK already has a world-leading offshore wind industry, launched with strong government support. This decade now holds the potential for further economic growth as the UK becomes world-leading in hydrogen, seasonal energy storage, batteries, other renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and nuclear. Emphasis is put on the replacement of gas combined heat and power (CHP) plants with hydrogen ones.

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