Renewable electricity planning applications continue to rise despite Covid disruption

Planning applications to launch renewable electricity projects in the UK have continued to rise despite disruptions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, shows new analysis by px Group’s Energy Transition team.

Planning applications for these projects rose to 317 in 2020 (year to Dec 31), up from 305 in 2019. The number of planning applications filed in 2020 is twice as many as five years ago in 2016.

These projects, which include solar, wind, battery, and anaerobic digestion, use renewable power from these sources to produce electricity. 74 planning applications were made specifically for wind energy generation.

px Group says that it is extremely encouraging to see, even in the face of the pandemic, which has caused investment decisions postponed and at times even cancelled across almost every sector in the UK economy. The continued investment in renewable energy also shows that the UK and its businesses are committed to helping the country reach Net Zero emissions by 2050, which was passed into law in 2019.

Dave Henderson, MD Energy Transition at px Group, comments: “Given the disruption we all experienced in 2020, it’s quite remarkable that plans for these greener sources of energy continued to flood in across the year.

“The continued rise shows the UK’s commitment to the energy transition and reducing carbon emissions, which is non-negotiable for a better future for generations to come. It would have been easy for businesses to shelve investment plans for green energy supplies, but that didn’t happen.”

“There are so many new and evolving technologies out there which, as take up continues to swell, will significantly contribute to cutting emissions. Generating electricity from the likes of solar and wind power are proven ways to reduce CO2.”

Following the recent investment in px Group by the Aksiom Services Group, a partnership between The Aksiom Group and Ara Partners, px Group recently launched its Energy Transition team, a dedicated team tasked with leading the energy transition for companies across industrial, energy and manufacturing sectors, as well as at Critical National Infrastructure sites. px Group has been reducing emissions and developing cleaner energy projects for 30 years. With the responsibility of processing 30% of the UK’s gas supply through the likes of St Fergus Gas Terminal, Scotland, and Teesside Gas Processing Plant, Teesside, it is uniquely placed to help major energy and industrial sites cut their carbon emissions.

px Group also owns the Saltend Chemicals Park, which will be home to the UK’s first clean hydrogen plant after Zero Carbon Humber – a plan to create the world’s first fully decarbonised industrial cluster – was given the green light by the Government in March.


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