News Digest Item
09 Feb 2017

“Storages need fair competition”

German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)

Regulatory hurdles hamper flexible energy storage systems from contributing to their full potential to the success of Germany’s energy transition, Stefan Kapferer, head of utilities lobby BDEW, said in a press release. “It’s time energy storages received a legal and regulatory classification that reflects their importance and allows for a fair competition,” Kapferer said. Classifying storages as “end users” and demanding grid fees both for charging and discharging the systems was a “double burden that is put on no other technology”, Kapferer explained. Energy storages in other European countries did not have to put up with this kind of liability, leading to distorted competition on the continent, he added.

Read the press release in German here.

For background on storage solutions, read the CLEW dossier New technologies for the Energiewende.

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