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Natural gas has role in UK energy mix | Letters

40% of UK primary energy was derived from natural gas in 2016, a 50% increase from 1990, writes Ken CroninYour editorial (Fracking's day may have passed, 10 January) was keen to downplay the role of onshore gas in the UK's future energy mix, and was deeply concerning. Natural gas has a role to play for many decades, and this is backed up by the National Grid, the government and other forecasters. 40% of UK primary energy was derived from natural gas in 2016, a 50% increase from 1990. In the UK, a projected annual gas demand of 68bcm in 2030, which is 90% of 2015 economy-wide consumption, is in keeping with the Committee on Climate Change's fifth carbon budget. Natural gas is the largest energy source for UK homes and businesses, providing us with heat, power and vital feedstocks needed for our industries.The site at Balcombe is not a site that will use hydraulic fracturing as there is not a need to - that was made clear by the company. You also refer to Ineos wanting to access gas in sensitive areas - this is despite the company confirming they have no plans to access site of special scientific interest (SSSI) areas for the purposes of the survey being carried out in the East Midlands, and this being confirmed by the governing authority, the local council. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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