This conference assessed next steps for energy storage in the UK.
Delegates examined the opportunities and possible barriers for increasing energy storage - including discussion on what forms storage should take, how large and small scale projects can be accelerated, and what more can be done to drive investment in the sector in order to support the greater use of renewables and low carbon energy sources.
The practical challenges associated with the finance, design, and development of large scale energy projects was also discussed, with the Government launching its Storage at Scale Competition aimed at encouraging innovative, and replicable solutions which could provide a competitive alternative to conventional commercial large-scale energy storage technologies, such as pumped-hydro or batteries.
Delegates also assessed government plans to speed up the process of approval for new energy storage projects with the proposed removal of the ‘capacity cap’ in the closed consultation on electricity storage within the planning system - and what more can be done to make projects attractive to potential investors.
Further sessions discussed what more can be done to improve network transmission flexibility, challenges for integration and distributed storage, and the role of electric vehicles as part of a wider energy storage network.
Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review - looking at changes to how networks recover the costs of transporting electricity to homes, public organisations and businesses - was also discussed. It came with a consultation on the Minded to decision and draft impact assessment, and concern expressed from transporting electricity to homes, public organisations and industry over the impact of proposed changes.
Against the background of a wider Energy Network Codes Review - aimed at updating codes to adapt to significant growth in low carbon and smart technologies - attendees explored priorities for the future governance of the energy system and whether sufficient steps have been taken to support the growth of energy storage solutions.
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