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European Union: “Double Charging” of grid fees should not be applied to energy storage


As costs for solar PV and batteries continue to fall, energy storage solutions have emerged as a clean and cost-effective way to provide reliable power. Battery storage enables the use of stored solar PV electricity after generation. On July, 2020, The European Union (EU) has just published its strategy calls for better Energy System Integration, which includes a commitment to support renewable energy and energy storage to achieve the targets of carbon neutrality by 2050.

The strategy is published by the European Commission, highlighting the integration of everything from transportation, industry to gas and buildings in energy demand and supply. The commission said that household energy storage batteries and electric vehicles could be beneficial for a better management of distribution grids. Besides, large-scale energy storage resources such as pumped hydropower, grid battery storage and hydrogen electrolysers could also help manage the system by providing more flexibility. Thermal storage at industrial facilities, closely combine heat with power, could also bring flexibility for responding to demand according to real-time electricity price changes.

“ In addition to adding increased flexibility, energy system integration - planning the whole energy sector holistically - will have multiple benefits from reducing greenhouse gas emissions in difficult-to-decarbonise sectors, to increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand, to supporting European economic competitiveness.”

-- The European Commission

The Commission’s promise to “support uptake of energy storage through full implementation of the Clean Energy Package,” as well as the newly announced creation of Regional Coordination Centres that will help plan and execute “regional and cross-border coordination between Member States”. The Centres will be established in 2022.

Significantly, the Commission argued that “Double Charging” of fees for using the grid should not be applied to energy storage or to hydrogen resources. Through the end to “double charging”, the barrier to economic case for storage could relatively easily be removed.

Source: Energy Storage News

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