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Delivering 49.9MW battery projects at 43 National Grid substations 

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Tetra Tech Planning is assisting Pivot Power (an EDF Renewables company) to deliver 49.9MW battery projects at 43 National Grid substations.

Tetra Tech Planning is helping Pivot Power accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon future for electricity and transport. Our experts project managed the planning applications for cost-effective and reliable batteries that will provide rapid reserve power services to National Grid and high–voltage private wire connections to ultra–rapid electric vehicle–charging superhubs.

Despite their massive potential for enabling greener infrastructure, the battery projects have faced the challenge of justifying development in the Green Belt at four sites, as well as two local wildlife sites.

Yet, in supporting the planning application process, our experts achieved a 100% success rate for Pivot Power’s battery developments, including at Norwich, Ipswich, Taunton, Sittingbourne, Oxford, Cambridge, Luton, and Saltash.

This success is owed largely to our proactive public engagement, plus the quality of work by our planning, technical, and environmental teams. This has drawn from our expertise across many different areas, including archaeology, geospatial, flood risk and drainage, ground conditions, and much more. The wildlife sites in particular received innovative ecological mitigation and habitat enhancement management, supported by Biodiversity Net Gain assessments.

Tetra Tech Planning has supported the construction of the first two flagship projects at Oxford and Sittingbourne with discharge of conditions and ecological clerk of works support. We have also provided multidisciplinary support for the first cable project from the Cowley (Oxford) substation – an 8.2 km cable connection to the Oxford Redbridge Park and Ride site that will be energised with ultra–rapid electric vehicle chargers.

Pivot Power and its Consortium partners (including Oxford City Council and Oxford University) are delivering a new £41 million Energy Superhub providing a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality. The Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project will showcase cutting-edge electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems, and low carbon heating, plus smart energy management technologies to support Oxford City Council’s journey to zero carbon.

A multi-million-pound award from the UK’s innovation agency, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is accelerating delivery timescales for the project.

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