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The UK removes storage planning ‘red tape’.Large Energy Storage

BEIS has confirmed that large-scale energy storage projects will be exempted from the national planning regime.

Secondary legislation, that came in on the 14th of July, removes electricity storage from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales.

The NSIP process was often cited as a barrier due to the time and cost of the process, which would add between eighteen months to three years to a project’s development according to the Electricity Storage Network.

Previously developers have limited standalone projects to 50MW (350MW in Wales)and also impacted co-located generation and storage projects in order to save time.
Now, these projects will be able to proceed without approval through the national planning regime.

This positive and well-timed decision will no doubt encourage larger storage projects to come forward and add more jobs and economic benefits to the green recovery. It has been estimated that the move could lead to over one hundred large-scale batteries now being built, three times the amount already in operation.

As it becomes easier to deploy flexible large-scale energy storage technologies the closer the UK will become to its net-zero target.

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