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New APPG report estimates 12 GW of energy storage in UK by 2021

Posted: 7 December, 2017. Written by Virginia Graham

A new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage was released at the group's Winter Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons on 6 December. The report analyses policy change in the UK and estimates that, by the end of 2021, 12 GW of battery storage deployment is possible. The Renewable Energy Association, the report's author, estimates that, in 2016, only 0.6 GW of battery storage was installed and operational in the UK. The report sets out a possible high, medium and low future deployment scenario. 

The report argues that 12 GW of battery storage, the 'high deployment' scenario, would have a positive impact on UK energy security, would support the creation of domestic battery manufacturing and would support the export of cutting-edge low-carbon products and services post-Brexit.

However, given the current pace and nature of policy change, report concludes that the 'medium deployment' scenario of 8 GW of battery storage is the more likely by the end of 2021. The 'low deployment' scenario, in which there was minimal regulatory change and barriers to trade were erected, would see just 1.7 GW of battery storage installed by the end of 2021.

The Chair of the APPG is Peter Aldous MP (Con). Vice Chairs are: Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Lab), John McNally (SNP), Lord Teverson (Lib Dem), Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru) and Alan Brown MP (SNP).

You can find a copy of the report 'Batteries, Exports and Energy Security: The deployment of 12 GW of energy storage by the end of 2021 is achievable and can support post-Brexit growth' here: