Energy: Storage

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support the use of (a) home battery storage and (b) other storage technologies.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Our Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan supports the deployment of storage on our energy system by removing policy and regulatory barriers, opening markets and committing £70 million of innovation funding for smart systems, including storage. This innovation funding is on top of the £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge to help the UK become a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles.

Specifically, on home battery storage, we are putting enabling measures in place such as smart meters and measures to encourage smart tariffs (which allow consumers to benefit from cheap energy when demand is low). These measures form part of the Smart Meters Bill.

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