Submission to Hydrogen Blends and Renewable Gases Procedures Review Alternative formats available on request to PIAC - Contact PIAC
PIAC responded to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Consultation Paper ‘Extending the national gas regulatory framework to hydrogen blends & renewable gases – Changes to the NGL, NERL and Regulations’.
PIAC strongly disagreed with the introduction of gas blends into the distribution network and the effective subsidy of export ambitions by residential consumers.
If Natural Gas Equivalents (NGE) are introduced to gas networks the regulatory framework will need be expanded to protect the interests of consumers and ensure NGEs are genuine equivalents that do not disadvantage or unreasonably impact consumers. We raised a number of concerns about the introduction of NGEs, the associated costs to consumers, the questionable emissions reduction impacts, and the possible accommodation of Other Gases into the network that must be addressed in considering proposed changes to the rules.