What a setback in energy storage means for businesses

Article posted

10th Apr 2024

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Mollie Pinnington

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 The energy storage industry, once hailed as a game-changer for renewable energy integration and grid stability, has encountered a recent hurdle. This setback could have implications for businesses as they navigate the evolving energy landscape.

The Setback

The set back is due to connections to the national grid not being able to be made quickly enough for these projects. For example, an energy storage facility in Northumberland has had to delay coming online till 2036, which is just over a decade.


Impact on Businesses

For businesses, this setback in energy storage could mean:

  • Higher Energy Costs: If storage costs rise, businesses looking to invest in behind-the-meter storage systems (e.g., solar panels with battery backup) could see their payback periods extended. This could dampen enthusiasm for on-site renewable energy generation.
  • Delayed Renewable Energy Adoption: Energy storage is crucial for integrating renewable energy sources like solar and wind into the grid. A setback could slow the adoption of these renewable energy sources, impacting businesses with sustainability goals.
  • Uncertain Grid Integration: Without efficient energy storage, businesses may face challenges managing their energy use during peak demand periods. This could lead to higher electricity bills or disruptions.


The Future of Energy Storage

Despite this setback, energy storage remains a critical technology for the future of energy. Businesses should:

  • Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date on the latest developments in energy storage technology and policy.
  • Explore Alternatives: While battery storage may face challenges, other energy storage solutions like pumped hydro or compressed air energy storage might be viable options.
  • Consider Long-Term Benefits: The setback may be temporary, and the long-term benefits of energy storage for cost savings and sustainability remain significant.

The recent setback in energy storage presents challenges for businesses. However, by staying informed, exploring alternatives, and focusing on long-term benefits, businesses can navigate this evolving landscape and make strategic decisions about their energy use.


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