Publications

Revision of the Directive 2014/94/EU on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (AFID)

June 2020

EASE submitted a response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Revision of the Directive 2014/94/EU on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (AFID).

Following the policy ambition set out by the European Green Deal for the EU to become a climate neutral economy by 2050, transport emissions have to decrease by 90% by that year. Recharging and refuelling infrastructure need to be ready to meet the demand for sustainable alternative fuels in all modes of transport.

The European Commission is inviting the public and stakeholders to express their opinion and share information on the impact of the existing Directive as well as on possible measures and potential impacts of its revision. EASE believes this a great opportunity to present the EASE position on how the transport sector can be decarbonised thanks to a.o. energy storage solutions.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

2030 Climate Target Plan

June 2020

EASE submitted a response to the European Commission Public Consultation on the 2030 Climate Target Plan.

The energy storage industry is committed to supporting a socially just and cost-effective energy transition with high levels of ambition. The 2030 Climate Target Plan should send clear signals to investors and industry, especially given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EASE’s key recommendations:

  • Increase the EU’s 2030 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions domestically to at least 55% compared to 1990. This is essential in order to speed up Member States’ efforts to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
  • More ambitious climate policy brings with it many opportunities: improving energy security and reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels; creating new green jobs; lowering pollution, improving health, and increasing well-being of citizens; and mitigating costs associated with climate change to society. Increased climate ambition will strengthen investor confidence, allowing the EU to mobilise more resources for the energy transition. This is important given the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; a higher 2030 target sends a strong message regarding the commitment to a green recovery.
  • The benefits associated with higher climate ambition clearly outweigh potential drawbacks. Although reaching higher 2030 targets represents an investment challenge for EU industry, this will ultimately lead to savings for consumers. However, in order to deliver on an ambitious 2030 Climate Target Plan, the EU and Member States must work together to implement rapidly the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package and support investments in enabling technologies including energy storage.
  • Energy storage can support decarbonisation of sectors across the economy, enabling them to reach higher ambition levels:
    • Energy supply: achieving a higher penetration of renewable energy, electrification of final energy use, and better integration of the gas, heating and cooling, and electricity sectors will be essential to decarbonise energy supply. Energy storage has a very important role to play in each of these areas.
    • Mobility/transport: increasing uptake of clean vehicles (EVs and FCEVs), incentivising sustainable consumer choices and low-emission mobility practices, and increasing investment in sustainable transport infrastructure and solutions.
    • Buildings (both residential and commercial): maximising self-consumption of variable renewables (e.g. by coupling solar PV with batteries or integrating thermal energy storage) and decarbonising heating & cooling are important actions that the Renovation Wave and related EU policy measures should target. Policies related to buildings should also enable consumers to provide flexibility to the system by participating in various markets.
  • The energy transition must be just and socially balanced. The EU should support actions including energy system modernisation (focusing on increasing flexibility and increasing renewable energy deployment) and re-skilling workers currently specialised in greenhouse gas intensive sectors. Energy storage should be explicitly considered in the Just Transition Fund and associated policy measures, given its role in supporting renewables deployment.
  • Research, innovation, and deployment should prioritise investments in energy storage, alongside renewable energy deployment, sustainable and smart mobility, and the broader hydrogen economy.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

Future EU Strategy for Smart Sector Integration

May 2020

EASE submitted a response to the European Commission Public Consultation on a Future EU Strategy for Smart Sector Integration.

In order to meet the climate objectives, while also guaranteeing secure and affordable energy for consumers, the European Commission launched a public consultation to understand how to better link up our energy system and exploit the synergies enabled by an integrated energy system.

At EASE, we believe this is a great chance to highlight barriers and opportunities related to smart sector integration and energy storage.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

Energy Storage Applications Summary

EASE has produced a summary of the different energy storage applications, focused mainly on the electricity system, in order to illustrate the many services that energy storage can provide.

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Energy Storage on Islands

On 21 November 2019, over 80 participants met during the EASE Energy Storage on Islands Workshop to learn about the latest advances in energy storage technologies, assess the energy storage applications and business cases on islands, and propose policy recommendations to ensure a faster roll-out of innovative solutions to support the island decarbonisation agenda.

Download the event report here

 

ENTSO-E Stakeholder Consultation on FCR CBA

April 2020

EASE submitted a response to the to ENTSO-E stakeholder consultation on the “All CE and Nordic TSOs’ results of CBA in accordance with Art.156(11) of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 of 2 August 2017” report. 

EASE welcomes the efforts of ENTSO-E and the TSOs of the CE and Nordic synchronous areas to propose assumptions and methodology for the CBA to be conducted, in order to assess the time period required for FCR providing units or groups with limited energy reservoirs to remain available during alert state. EASE supports setting Tmin for FCR providers with LER to 15 minutes, however, EASE notes that the methodology itself should be re-assessed before it is possible to carry out the CBA and based on that, to discuss the results. Therefore, EASE would like to draw the attention to number of assumptions and design choices in the methodology leading to biased results in disadvantage of FCR units with limited energy reservoir, both coming from the methodology and CBA.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

Power-to-Gas Business Cases: Revenue Streams, Economic and Regulatory Barriers, Business Opportunities

In the framework of the European Green Deal, the European Commission (EC) has launched a number of studies identifying and assessing the regulatory barriers that could limit sector coupling and the deployment of renewable and low-carbon gases. In response to this initiative, EASE produced a paper highlighting the main business opportunities and barriers for Power-to-Gas in the European Union.

May 2020

Read now Power-to-Gas Business Cases: Revenue Streams, Economic and Regulatory Barriers, Business Opportunities

Energy Storage and the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

In light of the foreseen evaluation of the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive, EASE is putting forward recommendations on how the Directive could be revised in order to address the current gaps in the legislation and support the further uptake of EVs, assisting in the decarbonisation of the European economy, and allowing energy storage to reach its full potential in terms of supporting EV deployment and integration into the grid. Electromobility can play a key role in meeting the EU’s new CO2 regulations for 2025 and 2030: it is paramount to design an appropriate legislative framework able to foster it.

April 2020

Read now Energy Storage and the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

EASE – European Commission Innovation Fund Workshop

On 5 February 2020, over 90 participants attended the EASE – European Commission Innovation Fund Workshop to discuss one of Europe’s most ambitious funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies with high-level European Commission officers.

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Innovation Fund Technical Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Savings Methodology

On 19 March 2020, EASE organised a technical online workshop on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions savings methodology for the European Union’s Innovation Fund. This methodology will play a key role in the project selection process. EASE and its members believe the proposed methodology can be significantly improved: the formulas must appropriately value energy storage’s contribution to decarbonisation.

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Energy Storage in Ukraine – Upcoming Regulatory Changes and New Opportunities

On 14 April 2020, EASE organised a joint webinar with UESA – The Ukrainian Energy Storage Association to address the status of energy storage in the country. Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe by area and has one of the oldest, most centralised and inflexible energy systems in Europe. Despite these challenges, Ukraine can decarbonise its energy system by embarking on an ambitious green energy transition agenda.

Download the event report here

EASE Study on Power System Challenges of Islands and Isolated Systems with High Shares of Variable Renewables

EASE has produced a study of some of the key power system challenges faced by islands today, which will be accompanied by an analysis of some of the solutions from the energy storage sector.

Download your free copy here

EASE Inputs on Battery Sustainability and Ecodesign

Different policy measures are needed to promote the research, development, and deployment of all energy storage technologies. For batteries it is important also to develop requirements on ethical sourcing of raw materials as well as strict sustainability requirements. EASE supports efforts by EU policymakers to bolster the manufacturing and deployment of safe and sustainable battery technologies across the EU and believes that a proposal for sustainability requirements could have a positive impact on the industry.

January 2020

Read now: EASE Inputs on Battery Sustainability and Ecodesign

Energy Storage for a Decarbonised Europe by 2050

In the first 100 days of the von der Leyen Commission’s entry into office, a proposal will be put forward for a European Green Deal with a comprehensive strategy for achieving ambitious decarbonisation targets. The energy storage sector supports this important initiative and is committed to playing its part in supporting the cost-effective, secure, and efficient transition to a net-zero emissions power system by 2050.

November 2019

Read now Energy Storage for a Decarbonised Europe by 2050

Smart Readiness Indicator for Buildings

August 2019 

EASE submitted a response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Establishment of a Smart Readiness Indicator for Buildings.

The Smart Readiness Indicator (‘SRI’) will be used to measure the capacity of buildings to use information and communication technologies and electronic systems to adapt the operation of buildings to the needs of the occupants and the grid and to improve the energy efficiency and overall performance of buildings.

The SRI should raise awareness amongst building owners and occupants of the value behind building automation and electronic monitoring of technical building systems and should give confidence to occupants about the benefits related to those functionalities.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

European Commission’s Sustainability Requirements for Batteries

August 2019

EASE submitted a response to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on Sustainability Requirements for Batteries.

Batteries have an important role to play in decarbonising the mobility and energy sectors. Therefore, EASE endorses policymakers’ efforts to ensure that the EU develops a strong battery value chain and to facilitate the deployment of energy storage technologies.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

Recommendations on Certification of Renewable and Low-Carbon Hydrogen

Power-to-gas and power-to-liquid technologies are a key enabler of sector integration. The upcoming revision of the ‘Gas Package’ presents a unique opportunity for the EU to clarify the regulatory framework applicable to PtG and PtL facilities and to create a supportive environment for the development and deployment of these technologies.

In this light EASE has prepared some key recommendations for the certification of hydrogen produced through power-to-gas.

May 2019

Read now EASE Recommendations on Certification of Renewable and Low-Carbon Hydrogen

Open Letter Addressing Energy Storage in the National Energy and Climate Plans

Future energy systems will rely on a wide range of services based on energy storage. Energy storage will play a central role in the decarbonisation of the European economy and it has already brought significant benefits to the current energy system. Developing a clear strategy to support the development and deployment of storage technologies is essential in order for Member States to achieve their decarbonisation targets for 2030 and beyond. EASE would like to support the drafting of ambitious yet achievable plans that can have a true impact on the energy sector.

May 2019

Read now EASE Open Letter addressing energy storage in the National Energy and Climate Plans

Maximising Social Welfare of Energy Storage Facilities through Multi-Service Business Cases

EASE published a position paper explaining the multi-service business case approach whereby multiple stakeholders are together involved in the ownership, development, management, and/or operation of an energy storage facility in order to maximise its social welfare by fully deploying all services storage can deliver.

April 2019

Read the full paper: Maximising Social Welfare of Energy Storage Facilities through Multi-Service Business Cases

EMMES 4.0 – March 2020

EASE and Delta-ee are pleased to announce the publication of the fourth edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES).

EMMES 4.0 shows that:

  • The European energy storage market contracted in 2019 to 1 GWh, with a cumulative installed base of 3.4 GWh across all segments.
  • In 2019 saturated FCR markets in the UK and Germany slowed growth in the Front of Meter segment. We expect a rebound in 2020 as the demand for system flexibility rises and value streams open.
  • The residential segment continues to grow steadily, driven by growth in Germany that accounted for 76% of the annual market in 2019.
  • The C&I segment saw a small contraction in the leading markets (Germany and the UK) in 2019. Regulatory uncertainty and long payback periods are hindering growth.
  • However, the future of energy storage in 2020 in Europe remains positive as the energy transition progresses.
  • Regulators and grid operators are increasingly recognising the value that storage adds to electricity systems. Consumers in both the residential and C&I segments show growing interest in storage as technology costs fall and Feed in Tariffs are phased out. And the storage industry continues to innovate around products and propositions.
  • The EU’s Clean Energy Package is already opening doors for storage, and this process will only accelerate over the coming years as regulations stabilise.

EMMES 4.0 is now available for 5.000 Euro, download the Delta EE – EASE EMMES Synthesis and contact Ms Doriana Forleo if you wish to receive additional information. 

 

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EMMES 3.0 – March 2019

EASE and Delta-ee are pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES).

EMMES 3.0 shows that:

  • Market growth in 2018 exceeded expectations, and was higher than both 2016 and 2017
  • A key factor in this rapid market growth during 2018 was the commissioning of new front-of-the meter projects in the UK
  • Behind-the-meter markets continue to develop positively across Europe, with growing opportunities for energy storage in C&I and residential applications in Central & Eastern Europe, Spain and the Nordics.
  • Political negotiations on the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package (CEP) were concluded in December 2018, and the new electricity market design should be enacted into Member States national legislation over the next 18 months. This promises to deliver important changes that could have a significant and positive impact on the energy storage market in Europe.
  • While the market is forecast to grow in 2019 and 2020, it will do so at a lower rate due to the short-term saturation of some front-of-the-meter markets, and the maturing of the large German residential market.
  • However, new growth drivers will emerge as the CEP is enacted and we expect E-mobility to become a significant new application for stationary energy storage.

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European Investment Bank’s Energy Lending Policy

March 2019

EASE submitted a response to the European Investment Bank’s Public Consultation on the EIB Energy Lending Policy.

The consultation exhamines how future EIB backed investment can reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency, better support renewable power generation, improve financial and advisory backing for energy innovation and secure infrastructure essential for energy transition.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

European Commission’s Delegated Regulation Establishing the Innovation Fund

January 2019

EASE submitted a response to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the “European Commission’s Delegated Regulation establishing the Innovation Fund”.

The EC legislative proposal for a revised EU emissions trading system (ETS) reform involves the creation of an Innovation Fund (IF). This fund is meant to support low-carbon innovative technologies, including energy storage technologies, by allocating funds to demonstration projects or projects between TRLs 6-9. It will be financed through the earmarking of revenues from the sale ETS allowances.

Given the importance of the funding that could be available to energy storage projects in the future, EASE drafted a reply to the public consultation.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

Strategy for Long-Term EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions

October 2018

EASE has submitted a response to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the Strategy for Long-Term EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions.

Our members are fully supportive of the EU’s efforts to achieve a low-carbon economy, and we support ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

Energy storage deployment can facilitate the transition to a low-carbon energy system in many ways, e.g. by:

  • Enabling higher shares of RES in the energy mix
  • Supporting electrification of the heating, cooling, and transport sectors
  • Supporting the secure, cost-effective, and efficient operation of the grid by providing key services at all levels of the energy system
  • Extending the lifetime of existing grid assets
  • Allowing active consumers to optimise self-consumption or provision of services to the grid
  • Ensuring security of supply: avoiding PV and wind curtailment avoids importing fuel
  • Enabling a faster energy transition on islands and in isolated areas

We hope that the long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reductions strategy will take into account the vital role of storage.

You can read EASE’s consultation reply here.

The Future of Energy Storage in the EU

September 2018

In the framework of the Electricity Coordination Group, which gathers electricity experts from each Member State, the European Commission launched an informal public consultation on the future of energy storage in the EU.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

Energy Storage: A Key Enabler for the Decarbonisation of the Transport Sector

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) published a position paper explaining the crucial role of stationary energy storage in enabling a rapid and effective transition to a decarbonised transport sector. It calls on policymakers and other stakeholders to address the barriers that hamper the uptake of storage and to enable relevant use cases.

February 2019

Read the full paper: Energy Storage: A Key Enabler for the Decarbonisation of the Transport Sector

EASE Solar+Storage Position Paper

EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy has published a position paper on unlocking the value of solar + storage systems at the customer level, a fundamental step to facilitate the widespread introduction of variable renewables at lowest costs for the society.

In this paper, EASE stresses the need of an appropriate regulatory and tariff framework to support sustainable growth of the solar + storage sector in Europe. EASE calls for policy makers to incentivise active consumers to employ their solar + storage devices in a way that contributes to the optimal, cost-effective operation of the grid.

 

September 2018

Read the full paper here

EMMES 2.0 – June 2018

EASE and Delta-ee are pleased to announce the publication of the second edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES).

EMMES 2.0 shows that:

  • The electrical energy storage capacity annually installed grew by 49% between 2016 and 2017 in Europe, which is a steady growth rate since 2015.In 2018it is expected to grow at a similar rate (45%) with the level of new installations accelerating
  • The total installed base in Europe (excluding pumped hydro) reached 1.6 GWh at end of 2017
  • Germany and UK remain the most important markets for grid scale projects
  • Italy is emerging as a rapidly growing market for residential electrical energy storage but Germany remains a clear leader.

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Watch now the presentation of  the EMMES 2.0

EASE Study on Storage Demand

On 5 June 2018, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) published a study estimating the energy storage capacity that would be needed in order for Europe to achieve its decarbonisation targets.

Download your free copy here

June 2018

Establishment of the ETS Innovation Fund

April 2018

EASE submitted a response to the European Commission Public Consultation on the “Establishment of the ETS Innovation Fund”.

The EC legislative proposal for a revised EU emissions trading system (ETS) reform involves the creation of an ETS Innovation Fund (IF). This fund is meant to support low-carbon innovative technologies, including energy storage technologies, by allocating funds to demonstration projects or projects between TRLs 6-9. It will be financed through the earmarking of revenues from the sale ETS allowances.

The European Commission has published a public consultation on the design elements of the ETS Innovation Fund.

Given the importance of the funding that could be available to energy storage projects in the future, EASE drafted a reply to the public consultation.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

All Continental European and Nordic TSOs’ Proposal for a Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology

February 2018

EASE submitted a response to the ENTSO-E Public Consultation on “All Continental European and Nordic TSOs’ proposal for a Cost Benefit Analysis methodology”.

Key messages:

EASE welcomes the efforts by ENTSO-E to propose a methodology suitable for assessing the time period required for FCR providing units or groups with limited energy reservoirs (LER) to remain available during alert state in Continental Europe (CE) and Nordic synchronous areas.

However, we wish to propose several amendments and clarifications, since some aspects of the proposed methodology might lead to strong distortions of the results or to an incomplete CBA:

  • Normal state, pre alert state, alert state and emergency state parameters should be clearly defined to correctly run the CBA: these parameters should be based on the definitions of the System Operation Guideline and if not possible, more clearly defined in the draft CBA methodology. If we support the ENTSO-E proposal to analyse the sizing of LER-FCR reservoirs during the pre-alert and alert states, we also believe that all other states should be analysed in order to correctly size these reservoirs.
  • The FRR behaviour should also be clearly defined in terms of the amount of energy provided by this service and the way this energy is provided in time, since this can have an important effect on FCR provision.
  • There should be more transparency regarding the relevant frequency profiles and historical data used to determine the different scenarios and Monte Carlo sampling assumptions. Incidents older than 10 years should not be taken into consideration because they do not reflect the current electricity system behaviour. The correlation between long lasting frequency deviations and power outages should be taken into account to produce a more precise evaluation.
  • Regarding the economic approach needed to evaluate the cost-benefit impact of the FCR provision, more information should be given on how the costs will be determined.
  • Following the previous remark and given the complexity to assess the reserve cost, we would also suggest to split the proposed methodology into two parts:
    • First, an evaluation of the technical requirements for FCR, taking into account system needs in terms of security and reliability.
    • Then the CBA.

Read the full response to the public consultation here.

EMMES – Fist Edition Released

EASE is pleased to announce a partnership with Delta-ee, which sees EASE publish the first edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES). Our analysis indicates that in 2017, the energy storage market has grown 50% compared to the previous year.

Published twice per year, the report offers a comprehensive geographical coverage of energy storage installations in Europe, broken down into 8 regions: Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Iberia, Nordics, Central/Eastern Europe and rest of Europe. Each edition includes an overview of EU policy and future changes, a forecast of the European storage market in 2018 and an overview of the thermal storage market.

The European Market Monitor on Energy Storage covers different energy storage technologies and markets, allowing industry players and other experts to stay up-to-date on the fast-changing energy storage market. The report analyses the energy storage installed base in the residential, commercial & industrial and front-of-meter sectors. EMMES is based upon primary research conducted in collaboration with leading companies and stakeholders, including EASE Members.

 

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EASE-EERA Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap 2017

The roadmap provides a comprehensive overview of the energy storage technologies being developed in Europe today and identifies the RD&D needs in the coming decades. On this basis, the roadmap provides recommendations for R&D policies and regulatory changes needed to support the development and large-scale deployment of energy storage technologies. The aim is to inform policymakers for research, innovation, and demonstration in the energy storage sector in order to further strengthen Europe’s research and industrial competitiveness in the energy storage industry.

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October 2017

EASE Thermal Storage Position Paper

EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy, has published its position paper “Thermal Energy Storage” (TES), which highlights the role of TES in supporting the energy transition.

In this paper, EASE proposes three concrete short-term actions that can further leverage the actions proposed by the Commission in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package:

  • Assess the benefits and (market) potential of thermal energy storage options for prosumers, industry, and communities, among other flexibility solutions; improve efforts to communicate the role and benefits of thermal storage.
  • Implement non-discriminatory market incentives and regulatory frameworks across the EU for flexibility solutions.
  • Support demonstration and deployment projects for (new) integrated solutions which incorporate pre-commercial thermal energy storage options in smart energy systems to reach the required flexibility at lowest system costs.

July 2017

Read the full paper here

 

EASE Recommendations on Sectoral Integration Through Power-to-Gas/Power-to-Liquid

EASE has published its recommendations on Sectoral Integration Through Power-to-Gas/Power-to-Liquid (PtG/PtL) that would help in overcoming some key regulatory barriers that are still blocking developments in the PtG and PtL sectors:

  1. Developing a certification system for production pathways of Green Hydrogen and Green Synthetic Fuels.
  2. Developing comprehensive and fair life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies for assessing GHG emission savings from renewable and low carbon fuels in the overall system to evaluate an adequate remuneration scheme for those savings.
  3. Promoting sectoral integration by reducing the barriers between the different energy and economic systems (mobility, industries, heating, etc.). This includes especially those fees and taxes applied when energy is transferred from one sector to another.
  4. Developing a coherent remuneration system for flexibility services.
  5. Creating a level playing field for Green Hydrogen and green fuels/blending components when used in refineries or during the fuel production process by classifying them as advanced biofuels under the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED).
  6. Reducing the economic gap by promoting, especially through EU funds, the development of pilot projects.

May 2017

Read the full paper here

EASE Position on Energy Storage Deployment Hampered by Grid Charges

EASE has published its position paper “Energy Storage Deployment Hampered by Grid Charges”, which highlights the significant differences in grid charges across countries to which large-scale pumped hydro storage (PHS) power plants are exposed today. It illustrates the impact of the currently fragmented regulatory framework on energy storage competitiveness in general and how it is hampering the creation of an internal energy market.

In its paper, EASE calls for a coordinated approach to defining grid tariffs for storage that recognises its alleviative effects on grid constraints and grid extension costs, while contributing to reduced curtailment of CO2 free electricity generation.

May 2017

Read the full paper here

Public Consultation: EASE and EERA Energy Storage Roadmap

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and the Joint Programme on Energy Storage under the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) have come together to draft an updated Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap.

The roadmap provides a comprehensive overview of the energy storage technologies being developed in Europe today and identifies the RD&D needs in the coming decades. On this basis, the roadmap provides recommendations for R&D policies and regulatory changes needed to support the development and large-scale deployment of energy storage technologies. The aim is to inform policymakers for research, innovation, and demonstration in the energy storage sector in order to further strengthen Europe’s research and industrial competitiveness in the energy storage industry. This updated roadmap comes four years after the publication of the first joint EASE-EERA technology development roadmap on energy storage.

Public Consultation

EASE and EERA are pleased to launch a public consultation on the draft Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap. We wish to include a wide range of views from stakeholders, as this is an important element to ensure a comprehensive and constructive document. All interested stakeholders with a stake in the development of the European energy storage industry are therefore welcome to participate in this public consultation.

The documents for consultation are available below. You may download and provide feedback on the entire roadmap, or you may choose to review only certain chapters.

We kindly ask you to provide clear, detailed feedback on the draft roadmap by proposing modifications to the text using track changes.
More general feedback can also be provided via e-mail. However, please keep in mind that specific, concrete feedback will be easier for EASE and EERA to integrate into the roadmap text.

Please send the documents containing your comments and modifications to Brittney Becker (EASE Policy Officer) at b.becker@ease-storage.eu no later than Friday, 17 February 2017 (EOB).

Following the public consultation, a one-day workshop is foreseen on Wednesday, 15 March 2017, in Brussels. To register, please click here.
The workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about the roadmap effort, to provide and discuss feedback, and to agree on any open questions brought up in the course of the public consultation. The public consultation document with the merged comments and changes will be distributed to workshop participants prior to the workshop.

Consultation Documents

Full EASE/EERA Roadmap (click here to download the full roadmap)

  1. Summary (click here to download)
  2. Methodology and Overview (click here to download)
  3. Mission and Objectives of the Roadmap (click here to download)
  4. European and Global Policy as a Driver for Energy Storage Demand (click here to download)
  5. The Need for Energy Storage, Applications, and Potentials in Europe (click here to download)
  6. Energy Storage Technologies
    1. Chemical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    2. Electrochemical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    3. Electrical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    4. Mechanical Energy Storage (click here to download)
    5. Thermal Energy Storage (click here to download)
  7. Market Design and Policy Recommendations (click here to download)
  8. Recommendations and Proposed Timeline for Activities (click here to download)

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Brittney Becker via e-mail (b.becker@ease-storage.eu) or by phone (+32 2 743 29 82).

PUBLIC CONSULTATION on the draft Grid+Storage 10-year roadmap

June 2016

The Grid+Storage consortium is glad to announce the publication of their draft research and innovation (R&I) roadmap 2016-2025, integrating for the first time energy storage issues into electricity network activities.

The development of this integrated roadmap has been based on a thorough monitoring of past and ongoing research projects and on the gathering of research and innovation needs identified by European stakeholders during 9 regional workshops.

All stakeholders of the electricity value chain and of other energy networks are invited to provide feedback about the detailed activities foreseen in the roadmap which should drive the energy storage and smart grids R&I strategy at European level for the next decade.

The public consultation is running up to 5 July 2016. Online questionnaires are available on Grid+Storage website

For websites other than Grid+Storage:

About Grid+Storage: Complementing the activities performed so far by the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) and the Grid+ project, a consortium formed by TECHNOFIEASEEDSOENTSO-ERSE and VITO has been selected by the European Commission to support DG Energy and the Member States in defining a European R&D roadmap integrating energy storage into grid research and innovation activities, both at electricity transmission and distribution levels. More information at http://www.gridplusstorage.eu/.

 

Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology (CBA 2.0)

May 2016

EASE responded to ENTSO-E’s public consultation on the next European Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology (CBA 2.0).

EASE welcomes the updated CBA 2.0 and the transparent process reflected in this consultation. However, we would like to see the dedication to transparency continue beyond the consultation, extending to the assessment of TYNDP projects by ENTSO-E regional groups and to the assessment of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) by EU Regional Groups. The current process for ranking projects seems rather opaque.

EASE welcomes ENTSO-E’s efforts to clearly explain the difficult notions contained in the CBA 2.0 methodology. One potential further improvement would be to explicitly highlight the modelling complexity to give a sense to the non-modelling reader that models can be limiting. We would welcome an annex that includes more descriptions of the current models used in order to further the reader’s understanding of potential limitations and areas of improvement.

Throughout the CBA 2.0 methodology, it is unclear whether the socio-economic welfare (SEW) indicator refers to gross SEW or net SEW (the difference between the socio-economic welfare and the investment costs of the project). EASE supports presenting “net SEW” as the final result.

Regarding the assessment of Energy Storage projects, EASE notes that there are additional indicators for storage, which may render a comparison with conventional transmission projects more difficult.

The modelling of Energy Storage projects in the CBA 2.0 seems to rely on strong simplifications, which may hamper a true assessment of the benefits of some Energy Storage plants.

Read the full response to the consultation here.

EURICS

May 2016

EASE submitted a response to DG Research and Innovation’s public consultation on the development of a comprehensive, integrated Research, Innovation, and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union.

Key messages

EASE fully supports the development of an Integrated Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy which ensures that research and innovation efforts contribute to making Europe the world’s leader in renewables & low-carbon technologies and solutions while maintaining a competitive industrial base.

One of the most urgent challenges for research and innovation to support the low-carbon transformation is achieving the full deployment of Energy Storage. The development of innovative technologies that increase storage capacity and performance should be encouraged.

Support to research and innovation should be driven by a careful assessment of which technologies provide the largest overall benefits in terms of decarbonising the energy system. Renewable subsidies for mature technologies should be eliminated and non-discriminatory access to technologies which can facilitate the economic growth of renewables (such as Energy Storage) should be facilitated through market-based regulation.

However, support to research and innovation will not in itself lead to the full deployment of available technologies. Research and innovation efforts must be complemented by steps to tear down regulatory barriers to allow for the use of valuable and innovative technologies.

One of the priority measures to ensure that citizens support the transition to a low-carbon economy is to establish electricity retail tariffs that properly reward consumer behaviour and encourage the deployment of small-scale renewable energy sources and Energy Storage technologies.

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EASE Activity Report 2019

EASE has published its Activity Report for 2019. Discover more about our activities and what to expect for 2020.

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EASE Activity Report 2018

EASE has published its Activity Report for 2018. Discover more about our activities and what to expect for 2019.

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EASE Activity Report 2017

EASE has published its Activity Report for 2017. Discover more about our activities and what to expect for 2018.

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EASE Activity Report 2016

EASE has published its Activity Report for 2016. Discover more about our activities and what to expect for 2017

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EASE Activity Report 2015

EASE has published its Activity Report for 2015. It includes activities from January 2015 to December 2015, with a specific focus on the 2nd Energy Storage Global Conference and Market Design.

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EASE Storage Efficiency Calculation Methods

This document was prepared by the TVAC WG1 on Technology Facts.

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May 2015

Renewable Energy Directive for the period after 2020

February 2016

EASE responded to DG Energy’s Public Consultation on the Preparation of a new Renewable Energy Directive for the period after 2020.

Key messages

We believe that providing confidence for investors and producers of renewable energy is important.

EASE calls for subsidies for mature renewable technologies to be eliminated. We also call formarket-based regulation, which allows for a non-discriminatory access to technologies, such as energy storage, facilitating economic growth and the further integration of the RES into the energy system.

EU-level support to research and innovation (R&I) for novel renewable energy technologiesneeds to be assured. Additionally, research efforts should focus on the proper integration of renewables into the grid, relying on technologies such as energy storage and smart grids.

A mechanism needs to be found to properly reward consumer behaviour and to encourage thedeployment of small-scale RES and energy storage technologies.

The storage of heat and cold by use of different storage technologies is key for the success of the EU’s decarbonisation efforts.

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Market Design

October 2015

EASE responded to DG Energy’s Public Consultation on a new Energy Market Design.

Key messages

EASE would like to stress that the future governance framework of the Internal Energy Market needs to incorporate regulatory changes creating a separate asset category and rules for electricity energy storage systems. This is necessary due to their dual generation and demand nature. The new asset category should recognise the contribution energy storage systems will make to system security, loss reduction and the provision of other ancillary services on the T&D networks.
In terms of regulatory oversight and the future role of ACER, EASE thinks the procurement of ancillary services and the way tariffs for transmission network use of system charges are estimated and applied, must also be made transparent across Europe to provide the right investment signals for providers of flexibility (i.e. energy storage and DSR operators).

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Heat and Cold Storage

EASE appreciates the increasing interest in the electrification of heating and cooling and the storage of heat and cold by help of different storage technologies as a means to support the transition of the European energy economy into an energy economy based on sustainability and RES.

Heat and cold storage is capable not only of providing flexibility to heating appliances based on heat coming directly from RES such as solar thermal heating but also of supporting the integration of the heat and electricity sector (e.g. by means of Smart electric thermal storage (SETS)) and electric heat pumps).

Therefore EASE is convinced that the potential role must be explicitly described and the current regulatory barriers for heat and cold storage must be highlighted in order to allow the full potential of this technology to be made use of. By retrofitting of existing installations such systems could contribute to carbon saving of several million tonnes per year in the EU.

December 2015

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Energy Storage: a Decarbonisation Enabler EASE Paper in the framework of the COP21

In December 2015, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place in Paris, France.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties is to review the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 2015 Paris Climate Conference will aim, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the goal of keeping global warming below 2°C.

In this framework, EASE would like to present a paper to highlight the importance of Energy Storage as a Decarbonisation Enabler as well as the challenges ahead of us.

December 2015

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Heating and Cooling Strategy

September 2015

EASE participated to the Heating and Cooling Forum organised by the European Commission.

Key messages EASE highlighted at its intervention at the Forum:

  • Heat storage has been underestimated in the strategy
  • Smart electric thermal storage is not mentioned
  • Storage could help balance energy supply and demand, and help with peakshaving
  • Storage should be seen as a decarbonisation tool
  • Necessity of coherence between Directives, e.g. Ecodesign directive could eliminate heating technologies including storage

Read our full response to the Issue Papers I to V here.

Network Code on Emergency and Restoration

April 2015

EASE responded to ACER’s call for comments on the Network Code on Emergency and Restoration.

Key messages

EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy, calls for a level playing field for all the services energy storage can render to the system:

  • through a definition that recognises energy storage as an own asset class in all electricity related regulations and that does not restrict its application to system balancing only;
  • through the recognition of energy storage not only as a load but also as a power source capable to contribute to the Frequency Deviation management procedure;
  • through a non-discriminatory consideration of and a fair treatment for energy storage at national level alongside other measures.

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Retail Energy Market

April 2014

EASE has responded to the Public Consultation of DG Energy on the Retail Energy Market.

Highlights

Future retail energy markets should take into consideration the following principles:

  • goals of increased empowerment of the consumer in a competitive, sustainable and secure energy system should be primarily attained through instruments designed in a market oriented, non-discriminating and technology-neutral manner;
  • In particular:
    • energy storage constitutes a special and important asset of the complete energy value chain. Therefore the current and future levy structure should not hinder the integration of energy storage;
    • the use of energy storage must be technologically neutral: each case must adopt the most suitable technological and economic solution. Therefore any wording in this regards must be open and not technically discriminatory;
    • the main challenge is related to the value of energy storage, being it monetary or socio-economic, as it can deliver a number of strategic services both to the regulated and to the deregulated parts of the power industry. Therefore the operator of such devices may differ;
    • energy storage will play an important role in new market designs, especially with regards to flexibility markets;
    • specific storage regulation and market mechanisms for flexibility in combination with a new market design will help to create energy storage markets and will contribute to the development of a competitive energy storage industry in Europe.

EASE therefore calls for:

  • a non-discriminatory consideration of and a fair treatment for energy storage alongside other measures, such as demand side management and the increase of interconnection capacity, when considering possible solutions for enhanced grid flexibility, stability and quality;
  • a market design that allows specialised energy storage operators to emerge, as long as this does not trigger market distortion.

For more information, please check the EASE response and the accompanying document.

Draft Guidelines on environmental and energy aid for 2014-2020

February 2014

EASE has responded to the Public Consultation Paper of the Services of DG Competition containing Draft Guidelines on environmental and energy aid for 2014-2020.

Key messages

EASE, the European Association for Storage of Energy, welcomes the draft Guidelines on environmental and energy aid for 2014-2020, in particular the recognition that:

  • climate and energy policy have become increasingly intertwined;
  • a robust state aid control is a must if we are to achieve a well-functioning internal energy market;
  • goals of increased environmental protection and a competitive, sustainable and secure energy system should be primarily attained through instruments designed in a market oriented, non-discriminating and technology-neutral manner;
  • electricity storage will contribute to provide services and value to the entire energy system.

EASE also takes this opportunity to provide feedback, offer expertise and ask for a level playing field for all energy storage technologies in a constructive dialogue with the European Commission (EC).

Highlights

The definition of storage should […] not be restricted and should include a wider concept of Energy Storage, compared to the current reference to Electricity Storage. Different technologies and concepts are included in the concept of Energy Storage and the selection is expected to be mainly based on the device location and on the different services provided by the device. Moreover, the concept and the value of energy storage technologies must be considered comprising itscapabilities in transferring energy between sectors (e.g. power to gas, hybrid electric vehicles, heat storage…).

Energy storage allows for the use of more RES by avoiding curtailment when there is too much intermittent generation (e.g. solar photovoltaic and/or wind). This service should therefore beremunerated.

EASE strongly believes that the use of energy storage must be technologically neutral: each case must adopt the most suitable technological and economic solution. Therefore the wording must be open and not technically discriminatory.

EASE […] calls for:

  • Equal consideration of energy storage as a solution for enhanced grid flexibility, stability and quality along with other technologies.

EASE […] supports:

  • a non-discriminatory consideration of and a fair treatment for energy storage alongside other measures, such as demand side management and the increase of interconnection capacity, when considering aid to generation capacity;
  • that any measures to ensure generation adequacy, such as potential future capacity markets/payments, or to balance the energy system must be shaped in such a way thatevery energy storage technology is eligible to participate without discrimination, provided it is able to fulfil the technical requirements.

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Network Code on Electricity Balancing

August 2013

The EASE response to the ENTSO-E public consultation on the Network Code on Electricity Balancing has just been published on our website.

EASE welcomes the Network Code on Electricity Balancing as a tool to foster effective competition, non-discrimination and transparency in markets. It will further help driving the way to a more harmonised pan-European balancing market.

However, EASE does use the opportunity of this public consultation to express some concerns about the points that we consider central in shaping the future balancing market:

  • EASE believes that the Network Code on Electricity Balancing should ultimately lead to a harmonised framework for a pan-European Balancing Market. The Network Code should be designed as a driver for this evolution.
  • In order to foster the participation of emerging technologies – such as energy storage and demand response – and renewable energy sources, aggregation should be facilitated for both load and generation entities.
  • The evolution of the energy system is likely to trigger the need for balancing products with faster response times and particularly more accurate response curves. The Network Code should not hinder the development of products that are capable of delivering such services.
  • Obligations for market players to put up their unused capacity for bids in the balancing market may prevent market entry of potential players, thus hindering rather than supporting the intended development of markets and competition. They risk enhancing rather than reducing market distortions.

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Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies

July 2013

On 27 March 2013, the European Commission published a Green Paper presenting an overview of the issues that must be considered in the development of a 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies.

This Green Paper served as the basis of a stakeholder consultation on the development thereof.

EASE responded to this public consultation and calls for:

  • A 2030 framework that provides long term stability and clarity for investors;
  • Binding targets for GHG emission reduction;
  • A fair market design: the main challenges for energy storage are not only economic and technological but also regulatory as there is no clear EU framework to incentivise the building of storage capacity and provision of storage services;
  • The recognition that energy storage is expected to greatly contribute to the achievement ofoverall socio-economic targets. For instance energy storage technologies not only ease the market and technical integration of variable RES, but also ensure a higher security of energy supply;
  • Focused RD&D support for energy storage technologies, which aim at supporting a competitive, low-carbon economy;
  • An optimisation of instruments such as the EU ETS to help driving investments forward provided that it can function efficiently (and thus deliver on its principle of a market-based and technology neutral means of CO2 reduction).

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THINK Project

May 2012

THINK is an FP7-financed project that advised the European Commission (DG Energy) on a diverse set of energy policy topics (June 2010 until May 2013).

EASE responded to a public consultation on Topic 8: “Electricity Storage: how to facilitate its development and deployment in the EU?“.

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Renewable Energy Strategy

February 2012

EASE responded to the public consultation intended to help prepare a Communication to inform the EU’s renewable energy policy for the period post 2020. This complements a Communication on the Internal Energy Market also planned for next year which will also help inform the evolution of the EU’s wider energy policies following on from the Energy 2050 Roadmap.

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Network Code on Load-Frequency Control and Reserves

EASE has commented the LFCR Network Code from 28.06.13, in particular Article 45.6 concerning Frequency Containment Reserve (FCR).

EASE recommends that technical rules and potential market designs regarding ancillary services (including FCR) should be shaped in such way that, without discrimination, every energy storage technology meeting the actual requirements must be eligible to participate.

December 2013

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Energy Roadmap 2050

The vital role of storage technologies to achieve the goals
EASE members welcome the European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050 of 15 December 2011, particularly as this communication recognises the vital role of storage technologies for a progressively decarbonised European energy system.

April 2012

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Contribution of EASE to ENTSO-E’s Cost-Benefit Analysis methodology for Energy Storage

ENTSO-E has asked EASE to provide insights on a CBA for energy storage projects, an assessment to be used for the evaluation of storage devices on transmission systems.

EASE delivered the requested input commenting on the validity and suitableness of the proposed indicators for energy storage projects, and developing a specific environmental indicator “social and environmental sensibility’ for energy storage technology.

June 2013

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EASE Activity Report 2014

EASE has published its Activity Report for 2014. It includes activities from January 2014 to December 2014, with a specific focus on, amongst others, the Energy Storage Global Conference and the Energy Storage Definition.

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EASE activity Report 2013

EASE has published its second Activity Report. It includes activities from January 2013 to December 2013, with a specific focus on the restructuring of the Association.

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EASE/EERA Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap towards 2030

Joint EASE/EERA recommendations for a European Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap towards 2030

EASE and EERA have joined their knowledge to produce a comprehensive Roadmap describing the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. The Roadmap also gives recommendations on the developments required to meet those needs.

March 2013

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Recommendations

Technical Annex

EASE Activity Report 2011-2012

EASE has published its first annual Activity Report.

The first edition includes activities from September 2011 – EASE creation – to December 2012.

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