Energy storage and generation will play a significant role in the future of the UK energy sector. The intermittent output of decentralised renewable electricity schemes, often mismatched with daily and seasonal increases in demand, has created additional opportunities for landowners. It is expected that storage technology will become increasingly viable over the next two years as the technology efficiency improved and prices fall.
A number of developers are seeking sites for battery storage or gas-to-grid generation systems. These systems allow energy to be supplied on demand. As with renewable schemes, the grid capacity availability and connection cost remain the key constraints.
Bidwells have already been involved in a number of projects, supporting landowners through the process of negotiating the option and lease terms.