The Solar Trade Association (STA) has called on the Government to remove all barriers to deployment of energy storage. Following substantial recent reductions in costs associated with storage – especially lithium-ion batteries – the industry is ready now to deliver smarter alternatives for a clean energy system that will save money for the consumer. Research commissioned by the STA and conducted by independent analysts Aurora Energy Research, has shown that batteries work particularly well with variable generation, such as solar. The research showed that a high deployment of solar in our future energy system would come with only modest integration costs associated with its variable output. However, the addition of storage removes this cost and in its place delivers a net economic benefit. By enabling the provision of cheap, clean, energy for longer periods of the day there would be downward pressure on prices for the consumer, and reduce the need for other more expensive forms of generation. In the call for evidence, OFGEM and BEIS identified a number of barriers to storage deployment, many of which the STA highlighted in their recent report Solar + Storage = Opportunities. Of particular importance is the lack of a regulatory definition for storage, leading to problems in treatment under current market rules such as double charging on energy consumption levies.
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