Bolney Green Energy Hub

The Site

The site is located at the land east of Wineham Lane, approximately 500m south of the Bolney National Grid Substation, with Bob Lane to the north and Wineham Lane to the west.

Bolney National Grid Substation is an important strategic asset in the UK energy system, being one of only 4 GSP points in the South East of England, which are responsible for taking the high voltage from the National Grid and connecting it to the distribution network. It is also one of a small number of substations which are at a sufficient scale to receive power exported from the UK’s offshore wind farms, in this case, the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

 

Given the prominent role of battery storage in increasing energy security and helping to balance significant volumes of power, it makes practical sense to locate the storage facility next to such an important component of the electricity network where it will have the most beneficial impact.

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Economic landscape of the renewables sector

“Push Me, Pull You!” Subsidies, Taxes, and Storage
It is difficult to understand the logic behind Britain’s policy toward renewable energy. To meet its plans for a low-carbon economy it has been estimated that Britain requires £1.4 trillion of investment to fund its transition to net zero by 2050 , but in the recent budget, the government has announced plans to tax excess profits at a rate of 45% of some renewable energy companies who have been the recipients of past public support to induce investment to raise generating capacity. According to the statement by Jeremy Hunt justifying the decision: “The structure of our energy markets creates windfall profits for low-carbon electricity generation. “
Reform wholesale electricity pricing before the next crisis
In this paper we argue that the United Kingdom is evolving from a hierarchical vertical linear electricity system to a decentralised complex system. However, as the electricity system’s structural complexity increased, there has been no attempt to modify a broken regulatory system where the politically sensitive price-capped retail price for energy is based on distorted national wholesale prices which no longer reflect actual local market supply or demand conditions for electricity nor provide the correct market signals necessary to attract investment to meet net-zero targets.
Sky News on the importance of batteries
Sky News reports that batteries will become increasingly important to the energy grid as the UK transitions to green energy. Power storage will also become more critical as our electric demand increases.
Stagflation and Net Zero
It is popular to blame the invasion of Ukraine on rising energy inflation, particularly oil and gas prices, but there are sound structural reasons why the cost of generating electricity from these sources will continue to rise globally in the coming years. Russia’s militarism is a humanitarian disaster and will place inflationary pressures on food prices, but despite these problems, the UK government is hiding behind the short-term consequences and is not honestly communicating the real economic cost of moving to net-zero by 2050 and meeting the planned carbon reductions by 2030. In addition, the policy measures such as raising interest rates that are being promoted by many economists to meet the problem of stagflation (rising prices and falling output) will only exacerbate the pathology, while making the transition to a low-carbon future more painful.
EnviroTech’s Energy Station wins award for the most innovative energy project
The EnviroTech team were incredibly honoured to receive the much-coveted 'most innovative energy project' award for their EnviroTech Energy Station, which helps reduce energy cost while providing security of supply.
Britain at risk of winter blackouts, warns system operator.
The Guardian Newspaper reports there is a greater risk of blackouts owing to the closure of coal plants and nuclear reactors.
‘Energy Station’ does the power of good at Eton College
The installation of an innovative “Energy Station” is helping GRAHAM to reduce its carbon footprint and manage power demands more efficiently at Eton College.
MP calls for massive green private sector investment
Government policy needs to focus on enabling the private private-sector to invest heavily in the green industries of the future such as clean technologies for heating homes and institutions, for the expansion of electric vehicles, expanding renewable energy’s role in transmission and building battery storage capacity to balance the distribution of energy in the aftermath of the corona virus crisis.
Local Authorities lead the way in second-life storage
Local authorities across the country are leading the way in making progress towards the government’s Net Zero target. The important, and potentially profitable, role in delivering green energy is being seized by forward thinking Country Councils in West Sussex and Suffolk in the South of England.
Electricity storage will be exempt from planning regime
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has stated it will bring forward secondary legislation to exempt all size storage facilities (except pumped hydro) from the national planning regime in England.
Net-Zero Skills Gap needs urgent action
Transforming the British economy to achieve Net Zero by 2050 will need the spending of billions of pounds in new investment on a green infrastructure.
The CCC says all that’s required is for the government to just go for it.
Today’s progress report – meant to assess the government’s annual progress against climate targets – is unlike any other that precedes it.
Demand for storage surging
The expected rate of return on battery storage facilities is rising sharply as demand is far outpacing supply. In the short-term the imbalances stemming from the fall off in the demand for electricity stemming from the COVID-19 induced downturn in economic activity is pushing up the utilisation of off grid batteries.
The Covid-19 pandemic
Envirotech Energy Solutions has put measures in place to help protect its team, investors, and clients during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Even though our London offices are currently closed, it’s still very much business as usual!
Battery Storage now competitive with gas plants for peak loads
New data just published by BloombergNEF illustrates that the achievable levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for battery energy storage means that “new-build batteries can be competitive on cost with gas peaker plants.”
Committee on Climate Change calls for a green recovery
The Committee on Climate Change, CCC, the statutory body set up in 2008 to provide independent advice to the nations of the United Kingdom on tackling climate change, has written a letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, cced to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, stressing that a green recovery must be a fundamental part of rebuilding the nation following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Britain needs to raise storage capacity tenfold by 2024
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has produced a report 'Greening the Recovery' urging government fiscal policy makers to “green” their response to the current economic crisis caused by the corona virus pandemic.
Bank of England fails to exclude buying fossil fuel assets
The Bank of England is missing out on a crucial opportunity to nudge the British economy further in a green direction through its asset purchasing scheme for corporate bonds.
Pandemic impact underlines the need for more energy storage
The importance of the role which energy storage can play in providing energy security across the power delivery network, has been brought home as households and those business and institutions still operating in Britain are threatened by the risk of power blackouts as a result of the corona virus pandemic.
The Economics of Renewables
Renewable energy is not just the means by which humanity will deal with the existential threat of climate change.
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