On September 19 EASE, the Euroepean Association for the Storage of Energy, of which the EHA is a partner organisation published  its recommendations for the ownership of Energy Storage (ES) calling for a clear legislative framework on ownership for the ES industry in order to support investment in the sector. EASE mentions that “the lack of a definition of ownership of ES devices, together with a lack of a broader definition of ES, will have to be resolved in order to allow their use as an ancillary service provider in the electricity system.”

For this purpose EASE has developed five recommendations and is calling upon the EU institutions to take these into account in the upcoming revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive, and especially the New Energy Market design legislation (Winter Package): EHA added some FCH comments in italic

キ         One cannot talk about ownership of ES by regulated entities in the abstract; instead, positions can be expressed only relative to ES applications or services:

キ         The ownership of ES by regulated entities in the absence of competitive supply should be exceptional and on a temporary basis:

キ         Regulated entities could be allowed to own ES in this context only upon the approval of the relevant National Regulatory Authority (NRA).

キ         ES applications considered infrastructure services should be able to be delivered also with ES devices. Both FC and H2 systems offer energy storage services

キ         For ES applications deemed to be market services, e.g., arbitrage, only market players should be allowed to own or operate ES facilities. Europe leads the pack in hydrogen storage solutions but a level playing field is
             needed to allow SME and regional players to enter this market.