Last call: Energy and Climate Change select committee calls for energy storage reform

When the Department for Energy and Climate Change was absorbed into the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), one casualty was The Energy and Climate Change select committee. But in their final report before disbanding, the MPs of the committee reiterated the call for regulatory reform in the energy storage field.

Launching the report last week, the Committee Chair Angus MacNeil said,

“The Government needs to tackle the issues making the economics of energy storage and demand side response challenging. We need to learn from California, where strong public financial support and clear legislation have helped develop a storage industry and integrate storage infrastructure into the grid.”

The Committee also put in a plea to not reverse existing energy regulations, which is a real possibility if the UK Government goes through with its Brexit plans.

DECC may be dead in its old form, but at least it leaves behind a clear epitaph – embrace energy storage.

The full report is available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmenergy/705/70502.htm?utm_source=705&utm_medium=fullbullet&utm_campaign=modulereports.

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