UK EV sales jumped 259% in July compared to the year before according to new figures which indicates an improvement in consumer confidence. One factor could be an increase in public charge points which have risen by 500% in the past five years, according to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT). The government is ploughing increasing levels of funding into improving EV charging infrastructure nationally. Just last week, the Rockingham Clean Energy Hub, the UK’s first large-scale EV logistics hub, located in the South East Midlands, secured government funding of almost £1.2 million. South Yorkshire has also secured funding that will be used to increase EV charging points by around 12% in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Carter Jonas has secured renewal gas and electricity contracts from 100% renewable sources as part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions. This means all electricity is generated from wind and hydro assets, while gas is produced from renewable sources such as agricultural materials and food waste. Helen Melling in the Energy Team said, “We wanted to practice what we preach, and this is just one step in demonstrating our commitment to a number of sustainable goals.”
UK GOVERNMENT CUTS THE RED TAPE ON LARGE SCALE STORAGE PROJECTS
The Government’s push to achieving a Net-Zero economy by 2050 has moved renewable energy performance up the political agenda. As a consequence, the vital function of battery storage in overcoming the intermittency of renewables has come to the fore, as reflected by the announcement last month to increase the threshold of battery storage schemes determined at local level from 50MW up to 200MW. This move, it says, could stimulate the construction of more than 100 new power storage facilities. The announcement means that schemes exceeding 50MW will no longer sit within the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime.
Storage schemes hold surplus renewable energy and release it back to the grid during periods of high demand, helping reduce fossil fuel use and atmospheric pollution. Previous legislation often acted as a constraint to the more extensive projects, as the NSIP regime is typically more costly and time consuming than applications determined at a local level and, as such, most being progressed were within the 50MW threshold. With these new measures in place, applications for more substantial schemes can be made to local planning authorities rather than to the Secretary of State.
This should help accelerate the application process for larger projects as well as reducing the overall timescales for delivery, which will ultimately help us meet our Net-Zero targets and at a faster pace. The UK currently has 1GW of battery capacity with another 4GW of capacity being planned.
Carter Jonas has achieved planning consent for multiple battery storage schemes under the 50MW threshold and are looking forward to progressing opportunities on a larger scale now the route to market has been made simpler. The Carter Jonas Energy Team is currently managing energy storage projects in excess of 1GW.
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