Bristol City Council has this week passed a motion to declare an ‘ecological emergency’ and approved plans to install a battery storage unit at City Hall. Tuesday also saw Bristol City Council confirm plans to install a battery storage unit at City Hall, as part of its bid to reach net-zero operational emissions by 2025 and net-zero city-wide emissions by 2030. The battery unit will be installed in the basement of the building by local energy supplier Bristol Energy later this year. It will be fitted with ‘smart’ technology which automatically charges the battery when energy prices are low and the grid mix is low-carbon, and discharges at peak times, when energy prices are higher and the grid mix is higher-carbon. Bristol Energy, which supplies all of the council’s energy, estimates the battery will reduce its annual electricity bills by £16,000. It has also confirmed that the battery could be connected to on-site renewable generation arrays if the council decides to install them at City Hall in the future.
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