UK gas users could face hydrogen levy on household bills. The British government is exploring adding a new levy on to household gas bills as a subsidy to hydrogen producers as it attempts to kickstart the fledgling industry.
FT 28th July 2021 read more »
Ministers reportedly considering pushing back deadline for phase out of fossil fuel heating systems to 2040 following backlash over cost. Number 10 could be set to push back a proposed ban on new gas boilers by a further five years to 2040 amid disagreements in Whitehall over the costs of transitioning the households away from fossil fuel heating, according to reports. The Sun and Daily Mail both reported this morning that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is now mulling a 2040 phase out date for fossil fuel boilers complemented by a strategy where households would be “incentivised” to by a heat pump or hydrogen-ready boiler when their current heating system breaks down. The previous date touted by the government for ending installations of new gas boilers was 2035, and advocates of the less stretching 2040 timeline claim it would give more time for the clean heating technologies to reduce in price, newspapers suggest. The Sun also reported the Treasury has rejected proposals for a ‘carbon dividend’ that would see low income households given an annual rebate to cover the cost of higher gas bills that would result from the introduction of carbon pricing.
Business Green 27th July 2021 read more »
Britons are set to be allowed up to five more years before a ban on sales of all new gas boilers comes into force, in a major row-back for Boris Johnson amid a backlash over the soaring cost of ‘net zero’ ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow later this year. The Prime Minister is looking at delaying the ban by five years to 2040, in a move which would give millions of UK households more time for new hydrogen boilers and heat-pumps to fall in price, and for businesses to pump more money into shifting people over gradually.
Daily Mail 27th July 2021 read more »