According to the Energy Networks Association (ENA) the UK needs a flexible energy mix and incentives for investment are ‘essential’ to meet future energy demands.

But, in the meantime gas will have to remain the power source of choice, despite a lack of investment in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), according to the ENA.

The plea came as the ENA gave evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee inquiry ‘The UKs Energy Supply: security or independence?’

ENA’s head of regulation at Wales and west utilities, Steven Edwards, told MPs: “In a low-carbon future it is important to have a sustainable baseline to compensate for when the wind doesn’t blow.

“A balanced energy portfolio is a key part of this solution, gas has a vital role to play both in meeting peaks in demand and as an affordable bridge to a secure and sustainable energy future.

“Gas remains the reliable fuel of choice for much of the UK as well as key to addressing fuel poverty.”

Mr Edwards spoke alongside, Steve Johnson, chief executive of Electricity

North West and Nick Winser, executive director UK for National Grid both organisations are members of ENA.

Luke Walsh

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