11.02.2021 / News
Investment in research is key in driving innovation in storage sector. EASE, as the voice of the energy storage industry, is an active contributor of the design of upcoming funding programmes for energy storage research and development and collaborated to the development of important instruments such as the Innovation Fund and Horizon Europe.
15.02.2021 / News
What to Expect in 2021?
EASE has big hopes for energy storage in 2021, as we dive into the recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EASE policy team will have its hands full with the European Green Deal. Research and Innovation will also be a big topic for next year, as Horizon Europe kicks off and our work on many EU funding bodies continues. Finally, we look forward to continuing our webinars and – hopefully – physical events to support networking and information sharing, culminating in the Energy Storage Global Conference in autumn 2021.
European Green Deal
With the EU forging ahead on implementing the European Green Deal and agreeing with Member States on the spending of the record €1.8 multi-annual EU budget and ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery programme, EASE will be more active than ever to ensure that energy storage is fully considered across all Green Deal policies and spending programmes.
The many policy proposals contained in the European Green Deal offer a host of prospects for EASE to drive forward the energy storage policy agenda. For instance, we see the opportunity to address the issue of double taxation of energy storage devices with the revision of the Revision Taxation Directive. Other important files include the revised Batteries Regulation, the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the TEN-E legislation, State Aid Guidelines, and many others.
Research and Innovation
2021 should also prove to be an exciting year for innovation in Europe with the launch of the new research programme Horizon Europe, as well as new funding opportunities. EASE will continue its work on innovative EU-funded projects to support research, development and deployment of energy storage. We will also support more financing opportunities for storage projects by participating in the ETS Innovation Fund Expert Group, contributing to the World Bank Energy Storage Partnership, and providing inputs to the European Commission on sustainable finance and state aid guidelines.
The European Green Deal, coupled with the €750 billion envisaged for the ‘Next Generation EU’ programme, creates numerous funding opportunities for clean energy technologies such as storage. EASE will advocate for more energy storage funding in Member States’ recovery plans, the Just Transition Fund, and other new funding sources that aim to accelerate the energy transition in the wake of the COVID-19 recession.
Energy Global Conference 2021
The Energy Storage Global Conference, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, should return in October 2021. This will allow us to celebrate EASE’s ten-year anniversary in style. The event will offer great opportunities to industry, researchers, and policymakers to exchange views on key issues for the storage sector.
For more information on this upcoming event, be sure to follow closely the section of the website dedicated the ESGC event: https://ease-storage.eu/easeevents/energy-storage-global-conference/
2021: A Bright Outlook for Energy Storage
Our 2021 schedule is already jam-packed. With our growing membership base supplying valuable expertise, the guidance of our new EASE President David Post (EnelX), and the enthusiastic EASE team, we can expect big things for next year.