In January 2019 the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) held a consultation on the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system.
Based on the responses and evidence received, they 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.
They have included a preliminary analysis of the potential costs and benefits of the proposals, and have published draft legislation implementing the proposal here.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents.
In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.
For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation document.
Please respond no later than 25 November 2019 to James Robottom with "The planning system for electricity storage: follow up consultation" in the subject field.