50MW Planning Threshold To Be Removed…

23rdMar

These are exciting times for large scale Battery Storage projects! All indications are that the Government is planning to remove the requirement for electricity storage projects with a capacity above 50MW to secure planning permission from the Secretary of State for Energy. Generation projects above this 50MW threshold in England and 350MW in Wales are currently considered to be a “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP)” and must therefore obtain a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Planning Inspectorate.

As a result, few battery projects above 50MW were even getting into planning due to the NSIP threshold, due to the associated time and financial costs. These are fundamental factors in any project and add to that the speed at which the Storage industry is currently moving, any delay can considerably affect a business case for storage. A two-year wait for planning approval through the NSIP process could mean a project loses preferred or important contracts, or that the project plan set out at the start of the process is no longer viable. The preferred option for those in the industry is to remove all electrical storage, with the exception of pumped hydro, from the NSIP regime altogether.

We are now at the cusp of intense activity in an area of critical importance for the UK’s current and future power requirements and an essential time for delivering on the UK’s legally binding net zero commitments by 2050. When the government free up these planning restrictions, it will remove a significant barrier to the sector’s growth. This, overall, will support job creation in cleantech design, reduce the relevant pre-construction costs for larger projects, it will allow more flexibility in the system and mean that energy storage projects generally get connected quicker.

At g2 Energy, we are UK leaders in the design, build and connection of battery storage projects with large portfolio of completed sites, equating to over 250MW – which is only increasing! Get in touch with us to discuss your project requirements as soon as you can.

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