Concerns raised over UK hydrogen trial

A UK MP and a local councillor have raised concerns over plans put forward to test the suitability of hydrogen for domestic energy in Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool.

UK gas company Cadent had applied for Ellesmere Port to be considered for the UK Government’s Hydrogen Town pilot, but has since faced backlash from Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, and Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

In a letter to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Madders and Gittins raised concerns of constituents surrounding uncertainty of what such a pilot could entail for residents.

It read, “Basic questions, for example, such as what will happen to the cost of energy after the trail ends, have thus far been left unanswered, leaving our constituents in a lot of doubt as to what will happen once the scheme ends.”

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