Having been involved with the REA (Renewable Energy Association) for some time, and attended a number of the Energy Storage APPGs (All Party Parliamentary Group), it is clear that some MP's see the scope, benefit and necessity, of embracing all elements of the new energy transition, in particular energy storage. However, within government we have a huge gulf, rather than connected thinking, or policy. Whilst there are good signals, around EV and emobility, there is also confusion around storage, and disdain for renewables, particularly solar and onshore wind. We need a truly connected energy policy, for these connected, and interconnected times. Sadly I don't see one coming any time soon.
We are at the moment discussing all of these matters in terms of the old energy market and not in terms of the new energy market…We do need a series [of] reforms and government legislation which actually allow us to get the best out of that emerging market and take the brakes off,” he said. The treatment of energy storage was held up as an example, with Whitehead stating that the technology was unlike anything that had come before it. He added: “[Storage] is essentially transportation through time rather than transportation through space. It's not generation, it’s not supply; it is something [unique] and needs to be licenced as such and if we do that a lot of other arrangements that impede the development of storage will fall away.”