Village homeowners may have gas forcibly cut off if they refuse to take part in hydrogen trial 

Posted: October 3, 2021 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, government, hydrogen, net zero
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Eco house with hydrogen heating technology. [Image credit:]

At three times the price of natural gas, being cut off from hydrogen sounds like an option worth considering for householders. Electric heat pumps are promoted as an expensive alternative, as so-called climate policies continue to be bulldozed through regardless of affordability.
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Homeowners who refuse to take part in a hydrogen energy trial will be forcibly cut off by gas network operators, under Government plans to test green heating alternatives, says The Telegraph (via VNExplorer).

Residents in one village will begin the pilot scheme by 2025 to help the Government assess whether hydrogen gas can be used as a low-carbon alternative for heating homes across the country.

Ministers insisted the powers to enter people’s homes and switch off their gas would only be used as a “last resort” if the homeowners had refused to engage with any other options.

A consultation, which ended this week, suggests the Government will seek powers to allow gas distribution networks to enter homes if their owners do not wish to take part in the trial, in order to safely switch them off from the gas grid.

Current powers enable network operators to enter premises for a variety of purposes, including for suspected gas leaks or inspecting pipes and fittings.

Hydrogen, which is lighter and more flammable than natural gas, requires homeowners to replace their hobs, ovens, gas fires and pipes to ensure they operate safely.

The Government has vowed to tackle emissions from our homes in its plans to reduce greenhouse gases by 78 per cent by 2035 and to get to net zero by 2050.

Around 85 per cent of British homes use natural gas, which is mostly methane, for heating and cooking, accounting for around 14 per cent of the UK’s emissions.

Viable alternative to natural gas

The Government has suggested that hydrogen could prove a viable alternative to natural gas in some homes, depending on the outcome of trials to assess its safety and viability.

Hydrogen is a more explosive fuel than natural gas, although energy companies say it can be made equally safe with retrofits to the network.

It is expected to support the rollout of heat pumps as the main alternative to gas boilers when its heat and buildings strategy is introduced later this year.

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  1. ivan says:

    Is the government going to cover the householders extra expenses for insurance then the home either burns down or blows up because of the use of hydrogen? Also how do they expect to improve the calorific value of the hydrogen to make it comparable with natural gas?

    The usual very expensive non starter – maybe the people should get rid of the gas heating and install a good wood burning boiler instead.

  2. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Nazis. Ecomentalist variety.

  3. pameladragon says:

    Wow, forced use of hydrogen in homes for cooking and heating, what could possibly go wrong!

  4. ilma630 says:

    This is getting very serious. Forcing people to change by breaking into their homes because of politicians’ eco whims is not what a civilised society is.

  5. oldbrew says:

    From the report:
    Richard Lowes, an energy expert at the University of Exeter, said the need to secure powers of entry showed that “hydrogen isn’t an easy drop in solution.”

    “We’ve been told it’s an easy thing to do and people won’t even notice. Clearly this shows that isn’t the case.”
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    All part of the strategy 🙄

  6. Coeur de Lion says:


  7. oldbrew says:

    If push comes to shove, cancel the gas supply and get an electric boiler (straight replacement for gas CH boiler) and cooker. Hydrogen may cost as much as electricity anyway.


  8. oldbrew says:

    Cost headache…

    Nearly all current hydrogen production is not low carbon, IEA warns
    Global hydrogen production generates an estimated 900 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to the combined emissions of the UK and Indonesia, the organisation estimates

    Published today, the study finds that the main obstacle to the wider use of low carbon hydrogen is the cost of producing it.

    That requires either large amounts of electricity to produce it from water, or the use of carbon capture technologies if the hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels.
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    If you have ‘large amounts of electricity’ use that, not hydrogen.

    What energy source(s) are involved in ‘use of carbon capture technologies’? Get a grip IEA.

  9. stpaulchuck says:

    Econuts working with Ecoterrorists. Our decade has become the decade of tyranny. There is no economic support for this ugly scheme.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Game over already? 😆

    Hydrogen boiler revolution ‘pretty much impossible’, says minister

    Lord Martin Callanan cast doubt on the feasibility of production demands and overall cost
    5 October 2021

    Describing himself as a “little bit of a hydrogen sceptic”, Lord Callanan said: “If I’m being honest the idea that we could produce enough hydrogen at reasonable cost to displace mains gas is pretty much impossible.”

  11. ilma630 says:

    At least 1 Lord with some common sense then. I would however replace “is pretty much” with just “is” in the context of “reasonable cost”.

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