Legislation changed for larger battery storage projects: Planning legislation has been changed to encourage the development of storage in larger batteries for renewable energy from solar and wind farms.
This decision notes The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was made to boost investments in larger battery facilities and speed up net zero electricity ambitions.
Storage projects above 50MW will now be able to be developed in England under the new relaxed legislation, while batteries with capacity more than 350MW will be given the green light in Wales.
The largest installed capacity of offshore wind in the world is in the UK however, a significant volume of energy can be lost due to harsh weather conditions affecting transmission – this legislative change will prevent this happening and is expected to help support the reliability of the grid and increase the overall use of green electricity.
Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said: “Removing barriers in the planning system will help us build bigger and more powerful batteries, creating more green-collar jobs and a smarter electricity network.”
Legislation changed for larger battery storage projects