June 13, 2019: Plans by UK distribution network operator Scottish Power to build a 50MW lithium ion battery energy storage system connected to a wind farm in Whitelee, Scotland, has been given the go ahead, the DNO confirmed to ESJ on June 11. Commentators say this is the most ambitious energy storage project in the UK to date.
South Lanarkshire Council granted initial planning permission in May, with Scottish ministers rubber-stamping the proposal on June10.
The ESS will store power from the wind farm’s 215 turbines to provide system operator National Grid resilience and stability services such as reactive power and frequency response.
Keith Anderson, Scottish Power chief executive, said: “If we are to meet the bold target of net zero by 2050 and deliver the decarbonisation of our economy, transport and heating systems, large battery storage facilities such as this along with more wind farms like Whitelee are crucial.”
Installation work starts early next year with the facility fully operational by the end of 2020.
In October last year Scottish Power sold its last four gas power stations in England. The company said at the time that it planned to focus exclusively on renewable power.