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UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:47 -- John Shepherd
UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

UK proposals to increase tax on low-carbon technologies such as battery storage— announced as Britain had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s— have come under fire from the renewables industry.

The surprise bid to increase value added tax (VAT) rates on a range of technologies, also including solar and biomass boilers, was made during a consultation launched by the government’s tax collector HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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UK bid to cut energy storage planning red tape

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Frank Gordon

Government proposals to remove a ‘capacity cap’ to help fast-track energy storage projects in England have been welcomed by renewables industry leaders.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation into whether existing planning policy regulations applying to large-scale storage projects with a capacity of 50MW or more should be changed.

UK Renewable Energy Association (REA) head of policy Frank Gordon (pictured) praised the idea— but urged ministers to “go further”.

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UK reforms “will limit battery innovation”

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:13 -- Xuan Zhong
UK reforms “will limit battery innovation”

Just weeks after the UK’s battery sector was promised cash to become a global leader in R&D, ministers have been warned new electricity market reforms could make it harder for battery storage firms to compete.

A consortium of UK universities is spearheading R&D for the battery industry under the government-backed Faraday Challenge investment programme.

 

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