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Public attitudes to Energy Storage

An update to the report ‘Public views on Energy Storage (2013), reviewing information on public attitudes available at the time of writing, January 2016.

Executive summary

The UK energy system faces a ‘three way challenge’: to ensure delivery of a reliable supply, in a way that is cost-effective, and meets carbon reduction targets (ERP UK, 2011). The move towards environmentally friendly renewable energy sources is requiring changes to energy distribution. Renewable energy generation is variable depending on weather and climate conditions, and the UK has strong seasonal demand for heat.This creates a pressing need to
develop commercially viable electrical and thermal storage to cope with changing supply and demand.Public opinion could influence the extent to which these technologies are used, as well as the specific systems, locations and incentives implemented.

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