August 2021 / Policy Papers - Responses to Public Consultations
Energy Storage Technologies are Essential to Decarbonisation: Revision of the Climate, Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines
EASE welcomes the revision of the Climate, Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines to align the State aid framework with the EU’s ambitious decarbonisation targets and the European Green Deal. With the revision of the EEAG, the EU seeks to address challenge of ensuring a clear framework that supports decarbonisation in a cost-effective manner while maintaining competition and fair trade.
September 2021 / Policy Papers
Third Gas Package Revision: EASE Proposals for a Decarbonised Gas Market
The European Commission announced in its 2021 Working Programme that the Third Gas Package will be revised to regulate competitive decarbonised gas markets: EASE believes that energy storage solutions as Hydrogen and Power-to-Gas will play a key role in the transition of the gas system, and sees the proposed revision as a great opportunity to enhance sector integration as well as the deployment of renewable carbon gases, as already stated in the Reply to the Public Consultation on the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package.
This document presents revision of the Third Gas Package in two sections. To read about the high level policy decisions needed to reshape the energy system, taking into account Power-to-Gas role, head to Chapter 1. To discover the specific regulatory changes necessary to improve the Power-to-Gas legislation at the EU level, head to Chapter 2.
The first part of the paper focuses on a few, key high-level messages that can help decision-makers design a new gas market that is inclusive of Hydrogen and Power-to-Gas storage solutions:
- develop an energy storage definition for the gas sector;
- develop technologically neutral definitions for renewable and low-carbon gases;
- rely on a market-based approach for PtG;
- make sure that the new Package is in line with the EU Strategy on Energy System Integration;
- strengthen European R&D&I.
The second part of the paper collect specific suggestions that tackle different challenges for the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package:
- Infrastructure planning;
- Market regulation;
- Guarantees of origin;
- Consumers and communities;
- Gas quality and blending;
- Hydrogen trade and imports;
- Security of supply.
The document is thoroughly analysed and the different proposals aim at supporting policymakers taking into account the storage industry’s take on the upcoming revision, making sure to untap the potential of energy storage technologies, and especially Power-to-Gas, in decarbonising the gas sector.