PRESS RELEASE: Industry welcomes plans to exempt energy storage from NSIP regime

Solar Trade Association
Immediate Release
15 October 2019

Today the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a consultation on proposals to exempt energy storage from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales. [1] These proposals are welcomed by the STA, as they will allow energy storage projects, such as battery plants, to be subject to a swifter, less costly planning process.

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “We are pleased to see that the government has taken our feedback on board. This is a promising step forward for enabling energy storage to be connected more swiftly, and giving local communities a stronger voice in determining which developments are right for them. Energy storage is safe, low-impact, and essential for delivering on the UK’s legally binding Net Zero commitments.”


Editors notes:

[1] Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – The planning system for electricity storage: follow up consultation:

[2] Solar Trade Association – Consultation on proposals regarding the planning system for electricity storage. Response on behalf of the STA:


For further information or to request an interview, please contact:

Name: Jack Dobson-Smith

Title: Public Affairs & Communications Officer

Main line: 0203 637 2946


Background on the Solar Trade Association:

The mission of the Solar Trade Association is to empower the UK solar transformation. We are paving the way for solar to deliver the maximum possible share of UK energy by 2030 by enabling a bigger and better solar industry. We represent both solar heat and power plus energy storage, and have a proven track record of winning breakthroughs for all three technologies.