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Government's announcement on battery storage will boost investment in new technology

14 July 2020  
Posted by: Rob Norris
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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 for consumers. 

“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:

·              Luke Clark, Head of External Affairs 07875 704 032

·              Robert Norris, Head of Communications 07969 229 913



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 system (1,682MW).
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 database.

2.    More details on today’s announcement by BEIS are available here.

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