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Potential for energy storage recognised but more action required

25 July 2017

Publishing its response to the Faraday Challenge report and Smart Energy Call for Evidence, the government has set out a 29-point plan to raise energy efficiency for both commercial and domestic energy users.

Energy storage has previously been identified as one of the fastest-growing areas of development and the government has been complimented for including this in its plans for the future.

Battery storage is predicted to provide the opportunity for renewable energy to be saved for use when needed, reducing demand on the National Grid.

One of those welcoming the government's announcement is the Solar Trade Association, which said the proposals will make it easier for businesses and homes to install battery storage alongside PV panels.

It also states that the plans will only allow "modest progress", however, as most of the points in the plan restate the government's existing commitments.

The STA has called for a "clear timeline" to remove the barriers in existence and encourage more use of storage options.

Policy manager Chris Hewett said: "Our research shows that a high penetration of batteries alongside solar power would reduce overall costs to the electricity system and allow the country to have cheap solar at the heart of its power system."

He further stated that effective policy frameworks can "drive down costs of technology very quickly and create markets", and encouraged the government to ensure correct charging, taxation and regulation to encourage more innovation.

"Today's announcements are a start but there is a lot to do and a clearer timetable is needed," said Mr Hewett.

The STA is calling for fair business rate treatment for onsite storage, changes to access to market rules, rapid resolution for double charging for storage and resolution of storage planning issues.

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