In January 2019 we held a consultation on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system.
Based on the responses and evidence received, we are now running a follow up consultation on proposals to carve out electricity storage, except pumped hydro, from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales. This new consultation contains a summary of responses and the government’s response to the first consultation.
Under the proposals this type of storage would generally be consented by the relevant Local Planning Authority in England. Decisions for such projects of any size in Wales would generally fall to be consented by the relevant Local Planning Authority under the TCPA regime, whereas currently this is only the case for electricity storage (except pumped hydro) below 350MW.
The proposals outlined within this consultation apply to England and Wales only.
We have included a preliminary analysis of the potential costs and benefits of the proposals, and have published draft legislation implementing the proposal here.
Ways to respond
Smart Energy Team
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
1 Victoria Street