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Energy bills could soar under ‘green gas’ hydrogen homes plan

August 17, 2021

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Ian Magness

 

The Telegraph seems to have finally woken up to the fact that hydrogen will cost consumers a fortune!

 

 

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Homeowners face higher energy bills to pay for greener gas that could be used to heat just 10 per cent of the country’s homes.

The Government will announce on Tuesday that it wants a subsidy scheme to help fund its ambition to produce 5 gigawatts of hydrogen for use in heavy industry, transport and home heating by 2030.

The scheme will be modelled on subsidies that were key to boosting the UK’s offshore wind industry over the past decade, which are levied on electricity bills.

The plans could see bills rise for everyone, although hydrogen is likely to play only a niche role in meeting the Government’s targets to cut the carbon emissions produced by home heating. Alternative plans could see costs added to general taxation.

The Government expects hydrogen to provide enough energy for 67,000 homes, or 0.2 per cent, by 2030, rising to meet up to 10 per cent of domestic heating demand by 2035.

Experts on Monday said there was a risk that bill payers could be locked into paying for the development of “pointless” technology.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2021/08/16/energy-bills-could-soar-green-gas-hydrogen-homes-plan/

12 Comments
  1. Gerry, England permalink
    August 17, 2021 9:58 am

    ‘pointless technology’ – sums it up perfectly.

  2. HotScot permalink
    August 17, 2021 10:40 am

    Great, burn fossil fuels to produce hydrogen as well as part time wind turbines and solar panels.

    Somehow the fools in government believe in some sort of perpetual motion, imagining that using power from part time turbines will be enough to produce more turbines, ditto solar panels and hydrogen.

    Why do employ these idiots?

  3. Jack Broughton permalink
    August 17, 2021 10:40 am

    The stealth tax to support donating money to overseas companies via windmills was introduced slowly and was not really recognised until recently. This tax, to raise investment in 5 GW hydrogen, must need at least £ 100 b when all aspects are considered from primary energy to user subsidies. This will hit home either as additional costs to the poorest or reductions in other government services.

    Pure economic-madness!

  4. Penda100 permalink
    August 17, 2021 10:43 am

    When will the Government announce subsidies for a scheme to obtain sunbeams from cucumbers? This will allow solar panels to operate 24/7 so surely well worthwhile. Chuck enough money at it and every technical problem can be overcome in say 50 years time.

  5. Joe Public permalink
    August 17, 2021 10:45 am

    Today’s govt press release:

    “UK government launches plan for a world-leading hydrogen economy”

    “…working with industry to assess the safety, technical feasibility, and cost effectiveness of mixing 20% hydrogen into the existing gas supply.”

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-launches-plan-for-a-world-leading-hydrogen-economy

    The Greenies are today in mourning, after their orgasmic jubilation at the “Hydrogen Boilers Greater Risk Than Gas” scaremongering which didn’t overtly admit, but was actually based upon, 100% hydrogen.

    We can all sleep easily in our beds now.

    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2021/08/05/hydrogen-boilers-greater-risk-than-gas/

  6. Gamecock permalink
    August 17, 2021 11:33 am

    ‘mixing 20% hydrogen into the existing gas supply’

    Not a very good way to say it.

    • Joe Public permalink
      August 17, 2021 1:35 pm

      It is if someone’s agenda is to push H2! 😉

  7. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 17, 2021 11:52 am

    A talking head rhus morning said that if you want to pipe pure h2 then an entire neighbourhood would gave to install h2 boilers to be able to convert all properties. The accidents will come when some won’t want to convert and will try to reconnect old boilers to h2.

  8. Jordan permalink
    August 17, 2021 12:12 pm

    News from the fashion world: “green” is this season’s “bl**ddy expensive”

  9. Tim the Coder permalink
    August 17, 2021 12:23 pm

    What a daft idea.
    Let’s make all the doemstic boliers emit toxic NOx by using hydrogen (the flame temperature is so high that NOx is far worse than in diesels).
    What next: compulsory catalytic convertors for your boiler?

  10. tom0mason permalink
    August 17, 2021 9:37 pm

    Telegraph, you have it wrong (again).
    Headline should be …

    Energy bills SHALL soar under ‘green gas’ hydrogen homes plan!

  11. malcolm bell permalink
    August 22, 2021 10:16 am

    Paul

    Did you hear the “Point of View” programme on BBC Radio 4 at 8-48 this morning by Rebecca Stott? She is retained to write PA flannel for a Green Activist Group. Her job being to be more emphatically crisis dramatic using academically refined language.

    She clearly takes everything she has been told, especially the IPCC report at unquestioning face value. But she would – she admits to being brought up in an apocalyptic environment driven by the Biblical Book of Revelation which still gives her nightmares!

    What chance do we of considered inductive and independent mind have against these superficial deductive echo-chamber believers when they have exclusive access to the BBC platforms? Especially adults frightened by the primitive bronze age Bible!

    In Friendship

    Malcolm (Mike) Bell 9 Foxhill Green Weetwood Leeds LS16 5PQ

    Mobile 07802 920096

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