In this blog I outline some of the key considerations for landowners and farmers who are looking to place themselves on standby to feed into emerging opportunities in peak energy generation.
Peaking Power Plants’, aka ‘Peaker Plants’ or ‘Peakers’ relate to an increasingly sought after type of energy power plant which generally only runs when there is a high demand for electricity. This high demand for electricity is known as ‘peak demand’.
Crucially for landowners: because Peaking Power Plants supply electricity only occasionally to deal with peak electricity demands, the power they supply often consequently commands a much higher price per kilowatt hour than normal ‘base load power plants’ (which usually supply a dependable level of electricity to meet only minimum levels of demand).
With traditional means of energy from sources like coal fired power stations increasingly nearing the end of their operational lives – and with newer and often inflexible renewable energy sources taking a long time to come to the market – suitable locations for Balancing Services which are procured by the National Grid appear to have a good chance of continuing to be sought after in the years ahead.
A key requirement for a Peaking Plant is connecting to the National Grid and to run a gas generator and so the importance of your land being near to a National Grid sub-station and a gas pipe line is often key. However, the land requirements for Peaking Plants can be very specific, and so landowners are advised to consider seeking professional advice from a planning consultant in order to scope whether their land is likely to be a potential suitable site for a future Peaking Power Plant run from gas (or in some circumstances diesel).