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UK storage ‘could hit 12GW’

Parliamentary report offers three scenarios for deployment up to 2021

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The UK could deploy up to 12GW of energy storage by 2021 compared with only 0.6GW installed by the end of 2016, according to a new report by a group of MPs.

However, the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage, cautions that as little as 1.7GW could be installed if minimal regulatory change occurs and barriers are erected to slow deployment.

The most likely scenario is about 8GW, the report said, given the current pace and nature of policy change.

The report analyses battery storage deployment onsite at established solar PV and onshore wind farms, at electric vehicle charge points, connected to the transmission system, and behind-the-meter or domestic.

It cautions that battery storage cost reductions and public popularity should not be underestimated in the way that solar PV was in the UK.

“The two technologies share similar characteristics in that they benefit from massive cost reductions due to a rapidly expanding global supply chain, are popular with consumers as they can assist in reducing bills, and empower consumers to generate their own low-carbon electricity,” the report said.

Chair of the APPG on Energy Storage Peter Aldous MP said: “Significant battery storage deployment is possible if the government keeps to the targets and timelines it has already set for encouraging electricity system flexibility.

“Twelve Gigawatts of battery storage would improve the UK’s energy security, would help us maximise our energy self-sufficiency, and empower consumers across the country as they are more able to manage their bills and take personal action to reduce carbon emissions.”

The report is called ‘Batteries, Exports, and Energy Security: The deployment of 12GW of battery storage by the end of 2021 is achievable and can support post-Brexit growth’.

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