To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to deploy new battery storage capacity in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.
23 January 2017
The Government and Ofgem recently published a Call for Evidence on how to manage the transition to a smart energy system. This included a proposed approach to addressing policy and regulatory barriers to energy storage so that it can compete on a level playing field with other providers of flexibility. We will publish a Smart Systems Plan in spring 2017 setting out specific measures to be taken forward.
Since 2012, more than £80m of public sector controlled support has been invested in energy storage research, development and demonstration activities. This has helped to fund various storage technology demonstrators, including battery systems of different types and sizes. The 2016 Budget announcement committed at least £50 million to help innovation in energy storage, demand-side response and other smart technologies over the next five years.