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Lead batteries left out of consultation document as UK proposes to increase planning threshold for ESS projects

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton

Lead batteries were omitted from the UK government’s consultation paper suggesting the planning threshold for energy storage system (ESS) projects in England is raised— making it easier for higher capacity energy storage projects to be deployed.

The recommendation to lift the 50MW planning cap for ESS projects follows a 10-month consultation by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

However, BEIS stated in the document that it didn't believe it is appropriate to establish a specific  threshold for electricity storage (except pumped hydro), and instead believed that it would be more appropriate that projects of this kind are considered and determined by local planning authorities. 

A BEIS spokesman told BEST the document states the organisation has selected a 'sample of different technologies'.

"All energy storage technologies, except pumped hydro, are included in the proposed changes and this includes the technologies that we haven’t specifically mentioned by name including lead-acid," they said.

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