Government's announcement on battery storage will boost investment in new technology
14 July 2020
Posted by: Rob Norris
Responding to today’s announcement by Minster for Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng that the Government
will amend planning legislation to encourage the construction of large
batteries to store renewable energy from solar and wind farms across the UK,
RenewableUK’s Director of Policy and Regulation Rebecca Williams said:
“The growth in battery storage is
accelerating extremely fast in the UK, including largescale projects at wind
and solar farms which are increasing their flexibility by building energy
storage on site. This helps to balance the grid, ensuring security of supply
“Energy storage using a wide variety
of innovative technologies is a global growth industry with more than 450 UK
companies leading the way. We currently have over 580 projects, including
battery storage, either operational, under construction or in development nationwide,
with total capacity of over 17 gigawatts. Five years ago, we had a total energy
storage pipeline of just 14 projects with a capacity of under 2.7GW.
“We’re glad that the Government has
listened to industry and will now allow local planning authorities to determine
battery projects of 50MW and above rather than the Secretary of State which can
be a longer and more expensive process. This scale of battery is becoming the
new norm. Today’s announcement will stimulate investment in the energy system
we need to reach net zero as fast and as cheaply as possible”.
For further information, please contact:
Clark, Head of External Affairs 07875 704 032 Luke.Clark@RenewableUK.com
Norris, Head of Communications 07969 229 913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
1. The UK currently has 93 energy storage projects in operation
with a capacity of 3,775MW.
12 projects are currently under construction (378MW).
338 projects have planning consent (8,920MW). 57 projects are in the planning
84 projects in early development (2,349MW).
This represents a total
of 584 projects with a capacity of 17,104MW, according to RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence
2. More details on today’s announcement by BEIS are available here.
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