The renewable energy industry has reacted enthusiastically following Tuesday's announcement that the government will legislate to remove all electricity storage projects (except pumped hydro) from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project Regime.

The government had initially proposed keeping the limits in place, following a consultation in January 2019, but by October indicated it would reverse its decision following warnings from the industry that the rules would stifle investment and drive costs higher for both developers and consumers.

Increased use of batteries in the UK's energy system will be key to securing sustained reductions in our reliance on fossil fuels, and it is hoped that removing schemes from the DCO process will allow energy storage projects to come forward more quickly and at reduced cost to the developer as applications for planning consent are determined at a local level.