RES wins 20MW storage appeal
Scottish Government overturns West Lothian refusal for project near Broxburn
The Scottish government has upheld RES’ appeal against West Lothian Council’s refusal of a 20MW energy storage system near Broxburn.
The project adjacent to the Lookabootye substation has been earmarked as the site for RES’s 20MW pre-tender Enhanced Frequency Response contract awarded by National Grid last year.
Reporter Lorna McCallum disagreed with West Lothian Council’s consideration of the site’s agricultural land being inappropriate to host a “modest” development featuring six containers of lithium-ion batteries.
McCallum said the proposed energy storage facility would provide flexibility and stability to the grid and increase network capacity without the need for building new infrastructure.
“The improvements in grid stability and security that the development would facilitate would be consistent with UK and Scottish Governments energy and planning policies,” she added.
The application was refused last November by West Lothian Council against the advice of planning officers.
Image: Energy storage project in US (RES)