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BEIS open consultation on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system

17 January 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have opened a consultation seeking views on proposals for amending the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system. 

The Progress Update to the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, published in October 2018, stated that BEIS would consult on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system.

This consultation considers and seeks views on the following proposals:

  • to retain the 50MW Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) threshold that applies to standalone storage projects
  • to amend the Planning Act 2008 to establish a new NSIP capacity threshold for composite projects including storage and another form of generation, such that a composite project would only fall under the NSIP regime where either the capacity of the storage element is more than 50MW or the capacity excluding any electricity storage is more than 50MW

The proposals outlined in this consultation are intended to apply to England only.

The consultation includes an annex containing a preliminary analysis of the potential costs and benefits of BEIS proposals.

Respond by 11:45pm on 25 March 2019. 

To read the full consultation and find out how to respond, click here.

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