STOR Done Right ?

Whether you believe the need for STOR (Short Term Operating Reserve) is a result of the Tory governments policy of undermining green energy or a natural result of the growing populations increased need for more energy, I think we all agree that if these sites are going to happen, then they need to be placed responsibly.

Below is an article from a planning and design consultancy company’s website “celebrating” the passing of planning permission for what was at the time the biggest STOR site in the UK.

It may be worth adding at this point that what was proclaimed as the biggest site in the UK has only 1/6 the number of dirty diesel engines as currently proposed for the St Philips site in Bristol.

What I think they did right was to locate the site on a disused coal mine and even then care was taken to make sure the visual & audio impact was minimised.

As Green Capital I believe we need to hold ourselves a higher standard for our citizens, and I hope the article below will show there are alternatives to putting a 48 diesel engined STOR site next to a school.

Originly Posted on June 11, 2014 on

UK’s Largest STOR Electricity Generation Plant Gets the Green Light

Leading planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has secured planning permission on behalf of Precision Diesel Enterprise Limited for the construction of a STOR electricity generation plant on part of the Former Gascoigne Wood Mine Site (known as Gascoigne Wood Interchange/Business Park), Sherburn-in-Elmet, Selby.

The plant will consist of eight diesel generators which will be housed within a single pre-fabricated steel building as well as an associated infrastructure for water coolers, diesel storage tanks and underground cabling. The nature of the proposal means the generators will only become fully operational at periods of peak demand, envisaged at a maximum of 500 hours per year.

Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) is one of the National Grid’s most important tools for ensuring long term security of the UK’s national electricity requirements. The scheme will provide back-up generation to the grid at times when capacity is severely short. These reserve services are needed if a power station fails for example, or if forecast demand differs from actual demand.

Claire Harron, Associate in Barton Willmore’s Leeds office, said as well as creating local jobs, an additional benefit of the scheme is that it will re-use vacant previously developed land.

She said: “At 49.9MW this is the largest scheme of its type in the UK and demonstrates the need to address the issue of the UK’s grid capacity for ensuring the long term security of our national electricity requirements.

“Careful consideration has been given to ensure that the scale and look of the site is compatible with the surrounding area and visual impact will be minimised.”

Selby District Council granted planning permission for the scheme on Monday 14 April and work is set to begin in the autumn.