The government has announced changes to planning legislation which will allow large-scale energy storage projects (50MW and above) to apply for permission using local planning rules instead of the national planning system.
The move is intended to make it easier to construct large batteries to store renewable energy from solar and wind farms across the UK.
Commenting on the announcement Matt Allen, CEO of Pivot Power (an EDF Renewables UK company) said:
“The UK needs gigawatts more energy storage over the coming decades to support more renewables and meet our net zero commitments. We welcome today’s announcement from government, which will make it easier for developers like ourselves to build energy storage projects at the scale and speed required.
Policy certainty is vital to moving any market forward and we hope to see more measures coming through that support the decarbonisation of power and transport and help UK businesses to invest in a green recovery.“