Towards the futureImagine a future where renewable energy can be converted to gas, stored and then sent through existing gas pipelines to use as you need it.
Meeting increasing energy needs with affordable, reliable energy while reducing emissions is a dual challenge. In the future, excess renewable electricity may be used to generate hydrogen gas.
In future gas renewable energy may be used in our gas pipes direct to homes as well as to generate electricity when renewables cannot meet peak demand. That is when the lakes are low, the wind is not blowing and the sun not shining!
Converting the gas network
We believe the best way to help our customers keep warm and comfy as New Zealand travels towards a zero carbon future is to continue to use our existing gas networks to deliver a safe, secure supply of gas energy.
Around 90% of our gas pipe network (and 100% of our new subdivisions), are compatible with renewable gases. We’re on track for blended gas to flow through our natural gas network from 2030.
We know it’s possible to deliver renewable gases like biogas made from renewable energy to your home. There’s still much work to be done across the energy system to enable this.
You can connect to gas with confidence today, because gas has a future energising tomorrow’s homes.
Journey to net zero
Planning a road map based on assets is one thing. Developing a roadmap that seeks opportunities to accelerate the transition while minimising impacts on consumers takes a lot more thinking.
The Gas Hub, and our parent business Powerco are committed to building a road map that makes sense for our customers and our business. We’re still working on this plan so check back or subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed as we share progress towards our shared renewable energy future.
H2 Taranaki RoadmapWe’re inspired by this report that steps out how hydrogen could play a key role in Aotearoa’s new energy future.
The New Plymouth District Council, Venture Taranaki Trust, and Hiringa Energy present this report and roadmap focused on the application of hydrogen technologies in Taranaki and their application more broadly in the New Zealand context. Read the report and roadmap.
Hydrogen Feasibility StudyFirstgas Group has investigated the feasibility of converting gas pipelines to hydrogen.
The report found that a range of energy choices gives New Zealand the best economic benefit and takes a deep dive into hydrogen’s role in decarbonizing our energy. Read the report