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                                                           ENERGY STORAGE

an important role in the EU’s energy         at all levels of the grid to provide a      About EASE
strategy. The 2015 Energy Union              multitude of services. This renders
Communication stated that the EU “is         defining R&D priorities and supporting      The European Association for
committed to becoming the world              technology development in a neutral         Storage of Energy (EASE) is the
leader in renewable energy, the              manner difficult, particularly if we        voice of the energy storage
global hub for developing the next           want to encourage the development           community, actively promoting the
generation of technically advanced and       of technologies in which European           use of energy storage in Europe
competitive renewable energies”6[8].         industry is globally competitive. This      and worldwide. It supports the
The communication on Accelerating            is why EASE teamed up with EERA             deployment of energy storage as an
Clean Energy Innovation, which was           (the European Energy Research               indispensable instrument within the
released as part of the “Clean Energy        Alliance) to update its Energy Storage      framework of the European energy
For All Europeans” Package, identifies       Technology Development Roadmap              and climate policy to deliver services
“developing affordable and integrated        (first published in 2013). The updated      to, and improve the flexibility of,
energy storage solutions” as one             Roadmap, (expected by June 2017),           the European energy system. EASE
of four priority R&I areas.7[9] In this      provides an overview of all technology      seeks to build a European platform
communication, the Commission also           developments in the energy storage          for sharing and disseminating
announces that it intends to deploy          industry, both today and in the next 20     energy storage-related information
more than €2 billion from the Horizon        years, and provides recommendations         and supports the transition towards
2020 work programme for 2018-2020            for how the EU and Member States            a sustainable, flexible and stable
to support research and innovation           can further support the cost-efficient      energy system in Europe.
projects in these four priority areas8[10].  deployment of energy storage
This represents a 35% budget increase        technologies.                               Contact details
in annual terms from 2014-2015
levels in these areas. This financial        Energy storage is an important              EASE –European Association for
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Energy storage devices come in all           low-cost, fundamental services to
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Clean Energy for All Europeans Package

EASE’s Recommendations
1. Establish energy storage as a separate asset class
2. Remove regulatory barriers to demonstration projects
3. Establish a definition of energy storage in the EU regulatory framework
4. Establish clarity on the rules under which energy storage can access markets

    – in particular, the perceived inability of transmission system operators (TSOs)
    and distribution system operators (DSOs) to own and operate energy storage
5. Eliminate unwarranted/double charging, in particular the application of final
    consumption fees to energy storage given that it does not constitute final use
    of the energy
6. Ensure the procurement of all energy and ancillary services is market-based,
    subject to a Cost Benefit Analysis

1 [3] European Commission: Commission proposes new rules for consumer centred clean energy transition, 2016.
2 [4] European Commission: Commission Staff Working Document Energy storage – the role of electricity, 2017.
3 [5] European Commission: Energy Storage – Proposed policy principles and definition, 2016.
4 [6] See European Parliament: Energy Storage: Which Market Designs and Regulatory Incentives are Needed?, 2015. and European Parliament Report “Towards a

   New Energy Market Design”, 2015/2322(INI)
5 [7] European Commission: Directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity, 2016.
6 [8] European Commission: A Framework Strategy For A Resilient Energy Union With A Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy, 2015.
7 [9] European Commission: Communication on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation, 2016.
8 [10] The priority areas are: (1) Decarbonising the EU building stock by 2050: from nearly-zero energy buildings to energy-plus districts; (2) Strengthening EU

   leadership on renewables (RES); (3) Developing affordable and integrated energy storage solutions; and (4) Electro-mobility and a more integrated urban
   transport system.
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