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A long road ahead for power storage

Filippo Gaddo and Marina Littlewood of Arup says storage will soon be a necessary tool for managing variable electricity production. But concerns over affordability and over-regulation make it hard to introduce support mechanisms to bring it forward

In the current market, with just above 8% penetration of intermittent renewables in the power mix and a low level of arbitrage on the power market, the commercial case for electricity storage in the UK is still relatively limited. Storage faces uncertainties in the form of the policy and regulatory frameworks, and in terms of competing technologies in the future GB capacity mix.

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