Published: 18 Jul 2023, 12:31
Renewable energy developer Cambridge Power has secured planning permission to deliver a battery storage project, the first under UK Power Networks’ (UKPNs) Regional Development Programme (RDP).
The 100MW battery energy storage system (BESS) will be in Staploe, Bedfordshire, adjoining the Eaton Socon Grid Substation.
Posting the announcement on LinkedIn, the company added that this will also be the first site with planning permission to benefit from a technical grid connection solution developed by UKPN as part of its RDP.
The RDP offers BESS’ a grid connection with restrictions in use around peak demand and generation times on the network.
This aims to introduce new ways to enhance the coordination and control of transmission and distribution systems, continued the post.
Thanks to the programme Cambridge Power can progress its construction timetable and meet the revised near-term connection date set at 2024.
“The hope is that National Grid will adopt this successful RDP solution as part of the grid remodelling exercise currently going through consultation, enabling significant capacity to connect to the UK grid network ahead of current suggested delays,” concluded the post.
Neil Waterson, head of planning at Cambridge Power added: “We are delighted to secure permission, under delegated powers, for this 100MW BESS from Bedford Borough Council and are grateful for the support of all our consultants, including Engena Planning, WSP, Turley, Orion Heritage and HOPKINS ECOLOGY LTD in helping to achieve another positive outcome for Cambridge Power.”
The project adds to Cambridge Power’s growing portfolio of 100MW BESS’ including the project in Bramford, Suffolk which recieved planning permission last July.