May 2017 / Policy Papers
EASE Position on Energy Storage Deployment Hampered by Grid Charges
EASE is pleased that the European Commission recognises the value of energy storage as a provider of multiple services to the energy system. As the Commission acknowledges, however, today’s regulatory frameworks across Member States remain fragmented, hampering the creation of an internal energy market. This is illustrated here by highlighting the significant differences in grid charges across countries, to which large-scale pumped hydro storage (PHS) power plants are exposed today, and which will be valid for all energy storage technologies tomorrow.
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.