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    Statera receives authorization for a 290MW Devon battery project

    Statera Energy has obtained approval from the East Devon District Council in the UK for a 290MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project. The BESS will link directly to the Exeter substation in 2027, coinciding with Statera’s initiation of contributions to a local fund aimed at alleviating fuel poverty.


    East Devon recognized Statera’s BESS as a crucial low-carbon energy initiative essential for storing surplus renewable energy when production surpasses demand on the grid. Moreover, the project aligns with renewable and low-carbon energy policies outlined in the East Devon Local Plan.


    Officers recommended, stating “It is clear that the scheme would provide benefits, in the form of reducing dependency upon fossil fuels and contributing to energy security in the UK.”


    The Exeter facility marks Statera’s sixth operational battery project. Since 2017, Statera’s initial schemes at Pelham and Creyke Beck have been effectively storing electricity to power approximately 100,000 homes each.


    In addition to its own assets, Statera has developed six other BESS schemes, is presently constructing its flagship 300MW battery at Tilbury Substation in Essex, and oversees maintenance of over a gigawatt of battery schemes across the UK.


    East Devon District Council heeded the advice of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, affirming that the well-designed proposals, inclusive of extensive fire detection and suppression systems, pose no fire risk concerns. Expanding BESS capacity near National Grid’s strategic substations is crucial for the UK’s electricity system’s decarbonization.


    Both the UK’s aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and the earlier objective to decarbonize the power system by 2035 necessitate substantial growth in renewable energy generation, coupled with electricity storage to manage the intermittent nature of renewables.


    National Grid anticipates batteries to constitute the largest proportion of storage power capacity by 2050, with battery usage projected to increase from 2.8GW in 2023 to potentially 20GW by 2030 and 35GW by 2050.


    Statera has reached an agreement with Broadclyst Parish Council to make an annual contribution of tens of thousands of pounds to its fuel poverty fund, which can also support local projects.


    This fund operates on a voluntary basis, a concept endorsed by the central government through its formulation of draft guidance on community benefits for certain infrastructure projects.


    Statera Energy’s Oliver Troup stated “It’s easy to jump to conclusions about unfamiliar technologies and Statera is grateful to the community around Whimple for carefully considering our track record and all the evidence we presented.”


    “As a result, this project is able to make a significant contribution to the UK’s transition to clean energy, and local people will also benefit directly through a boost to the fuel poverty fund.”


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