Battery Storage Facility Near Norwich Substation Planned by EDF Renewables

EDF Renewables UK is proposing to develop a 114 MW battery energy storage system to the south of Norwich substation between Dunston and Swainsthorpe.
Battery Storage Facility Near Norwich Substation Planned by EDF Renewables
Courtesy of EDF Renewables

Environmental and technical assessments are being carried out and the company is consulting with local people about the proposal ahead of submitting a planning application next year.

UK Government’s target is to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and to do this we must end our reliance on coal and gas-fired power stations and replace these with new low carbon power sources.

Battery storage is essential to achieve this transition because it provides the flexibility required by National Grid to manage the intermittent nature of supply from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

Batteries can also respond rapidly to faults on the network or changes in electricity supply and demand, helping to reduce blackout risk and ensure a secure and resilient network.

 Martin Cole, Director of Planning at EDF Renewables UK’s Storage and Private Wire division said, “As more of our lives are powered by electricity – from heating to cars – our energy system is changing. Batteries help to future-proof the grid and cost-effectively integrate more renewable power. Having more of our electricity generated renewably from homegrown sources will lead to lower bills and greater energy security.”

EDF Renewables UK is undertaking a public consultation on the draft plans from November 21 to December 12, 2022, and a planning application will be submitted to South Norfolk Council in 2023.


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